Stany Zjednoczone / United States
Date of establishing :
Band members:Reagan Jones - vocals, songwriting, keyboards
Andrew Sega - keyboards, guitars, programming, production
Ned Kirby - keys, bass
Brian Pearson - guitars
Biography:Influences: melancholy, belgian ale, ratty spring reverbed guitars, spring in the hill country, granular synthesis, that part in the movie where the girl walks out the door, a moscow street corner, serious 80's music, the endless traffic on state and ontario, cowboy hats, talking about honest things in roundabout ways
Taking elements of rock, glitch, retro electronic, and coloring it with a decidedly melodic worldview, Iris is a band that's hard to classify.
Singer Reagan Jones and original keyboardist Matt Morris banded together in the last 90’s to create uniquely melodic, synth-heavy pop tracks. Their first record, Disconnect spawned the worldwide club hit Annie, Would I Lie To You?, and was one of the best-selling records in label A Different Drum’s history. Three more singles followed, but tensions between Reagan and Matt were coming to a head, and the band began to break apart.
Luckily, a few years later, Reagan hooked up with new member Andrew Sega, and started a whole new chapter in the band’s history. Adding some guitars to the mix, and taking the production in a more experimentally electronic direction, Iris released Awakening in 2003. It was memorably organic, powerful, and really showcased Reagan’s strong songwriting. This would also be the first Iris release on Andrew’s new label, Diffusion Records. The success of this record led to a European release deal, a full tour of Germany and Switzerland, and festival dates in Sweden and the UK.
During this time, the third record was taking shape. For this record, the band wanted to take a more aggressive approach, add a bit of darkness, and keep pushing the edges of their sound. The mixture of these elements culminated in 2005’s Wrath. Rock-oriented songs collided with electronic beats and evocative, atmospheric soundscapes. The first single, Appetite went to 1 on mainstream radio in Poland, and the band set off again for more European shows, festivals in Moscow and London, and toured with electro-pop luminaries such as De/Vision and Mesh.
In 2008 the band releasing their first CD/DVD combo release, Hydra. Featuring 3 brand new tracks, as well as remixes from bands like Mesh, Alpinestars, Datguy, Benz & MD, Hydra lets other talented producers take the Iris sound and add their own stamp on it. Bundled together with a 40 minute “behind the scenes” tour diary DVD, Hydra writes yet another chapter in the constantly evolving Iris story.
Iris returns in 2010 with their fourth studio release, Blacklight. Intense electronics combine with their trademark melodic sense to create a powerful, compelling atmosphere. Singer Reagan Jones is as personal as ever, and the production takes a strong leap forward.