Iress (formerly Iris) makes the kind of music that submerges you into another world. Heavy. Dark. Electric. Doom-gaze guitars are layered over ethereal vocals that metamorphose into anguished screams, and are accented by cinematic drums and dancing bass lines.
Formed in 2010 on the outskirts of LA, Iress has slowly built itself into a commanding machine of sound, steadily gaining steam and momentum. Their powerful live performances and raw talent have caught on like wildfire, with their heavy, melancholic sound and cathedral-like vocals drawing comparisons to bands such as True Widow, King Woman, Chelsea Wolfe, and Emma Ruth Rundle.
The release of their EP Prey at the end of 2015 forged a new chapter in Iress’ story. The band spent most of last year opening for high-caliber bands such as Sunflower Bean, Chon, and Summer Twins, and performing at festivals, including Echo Park Rising. They were named as a band-not-to-be-missed by the LA Times.
This year, Iress will be releasing their second EP, Soaked, via PLAG Records. This EP sees the band delving even further into the haunting, massive sounds that they explored in their earlier material.
With DoLA naming them one of LA’s Bands to Watch for 2017, and plans for a West Coast tour in the works, Iress is a band you will not want to miss.
Spare Parts for Broken Hearts
With walls of distortion, driving low-end rhythms & raw colossal vocal angst “Spare Parts for Broken Hearts” (SP/BH) create an emotionally charged experience for Post-Grunge fans. The Long Beach/LA based band combine a ‘90s influenced style of unpredictable chaos and feedback fused with a straight forward approach to raw riffs and pop sensibility. They build upon dark melodic layers with meaningful and melancholy storytelling to create an authentic and visceral delivery.
The trio formed in 2010 in a rehearsal space near Downtown Los Angeles. SP/BH is vocalist Sarah Green (SG) on guitar & bass, alternating guitar & bass with Laurita Guaico, and Mikey Vallejo on drums.
Members SG & Laurita Guaico first met while playing in “Relish” an established local all-girl, psychedelic rock band signed to Volcom Entertainment. Relish disbanded in 2001 and both members went on to join new projects until they reconnected on the “Vans Warped Tour”. As all projects ended, SG founded SP/BH and enlisted Guaico to join. They were later rounded out by well known drummer and friend, Mikey Vallejo.
Since 2011, SP/BH have self-released 3 EPs, and one single, with another due out in Spring of 2017. They’ve remained focused on building a strong SoCal following within various high visibility and underground music scenes. Some of these have included dates on local festival “Women Fuck Shit Up Fest”, showcases with Los Angeles based collective “Play Like A Girl”, the summer circuit of the “Vans Warped Tour” and a spot on opening night of the inaugural KCRW Presents “Music Tastes Good” festival.
Recent SP/BH highlights include being named #22 of 100 bands on the “Buzzbands LA annual countdown of 2016", voted Deli Magazine’s “Artist of the Month” December 2016 and voted “Best Indie band of 2015” in OC Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Awards. SP/BH also sold out shows in direct support of both the House of Blues Anaheim with notorious ‘90s band “Lit”, as well as the Long Beach staple Alex’s Bar with the all-girl Morrissey endorsed quartet, “Girl In a Coma”.
Spare Parts for Broken Hearts recorded new single “Ever” at the end of 2016 with Grammy Award winning Producer, Doug Boehm (Girls, Tokyo Police Club, Booker T Jones & Drive-By Truckers). “Ever” will be available online everywhere via PLAG Records March 10, 2017.