Airiel

Airiel

BandRock

it's loud, it's pretty and you can dance to it.

Biography

Formed in '97 by Jeremy Wrenn, it was initially a solo project supported by various drum machines. However, he had dreams of entertaining the masses located outside of the confines of his bedroom, so he drafted local music scene veterans Cory Osborne and John Rungger on bass and drums. But the heady mélange was not completed until guitarist Chris De Brizzio entered the fray.

Many bands today are an exercise in minimalism, stripping everything down to the bone and sinew. Airiel takes a different approach. Injecting their well-crafted songs with enough effects to level a small village, they stretch and expand the sonic boundaries of the genre until the listener is completely deluged by an aural wave of reverb, distortion and sweat. They are advancing the art of sheer sonic energy while utilizing the power of a good melody to provide a basis for the effects, never forgetting the innate human desire to shake one's ass. In short, it's loud, it's beautiful, and you can dance to it.

Through Clairecords (Sacramento), Airiel released a series of 4-song EP's titled Winks & Kisses. The EP's were also sold as a limited edition box set, capturing the evolution of Airiel in its current form. Their cds are consistently some of the top sellers of the label, and they have already sold out of the Frosted EP. In June of 2005 Airiel released their newest EP. This self-titled EP further illustrates Airiel's ever-evolving sound and provides a glimpse at their promise with blistering waves of gorgeous guitars, kinetic drum beats and soaring vocal harmonies. The group has also been asked to contribute to several compilation cds, including the "Never Lose That Feeling" compilation by Club AC30(UK).

In addition to their recordings, Airiel has also gained a reputation for being a stellar live band. Utilizing video projection (courtesy of Arturo Valle of Panic Films) and amps that go up to eleven, they are able to win hearts and minds even in the most hostile of hipster-promo environments. In addition to playing such local Chicago landmarks as the Double Door, Subterranean, and the Bottom Lounge, recently they have begun plying their trade farther afield, in such locales as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. This summer, they embarked on their first tour of the East Coast, hitting New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and points in between. Airiel has also opened for some high-profile acts, including The Dears and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Lyrics

Kiss Me Sadly

Written By: Wrenn

stumble in my head
I never would imagine
your lips could be so red
a cherry colored heave
you taste it all the time
it's like that when you're over
you're perfect smile, it shines
you promise you'll sleep over
telephone's no good
I need to feel you breathing
and shudder like you should
like I do when you tease me
my candy coated lover
I'll kiss you over and over
just close your eyes and dream me
until you get to see me
lying in your bed
you still pretend you're sleeping
my body feels like lead
when you reach out to feel me
your finger tips will shock me
these covers cannot hide me
you reach me, pull me over
and kiss me over and over
and it's love

Cinnamon

Written By: Wrenn

Sally sleeps in her bed
a certain shade of dark red
covers her, let's her dream well
remember it in the morning and write it down
call me and tell me
hello, I'm here alone
waiting for you to call
do your kisses taste of cinnamon
so many times I remember when
you came in and left your taste here
of a perfect girl on the other side of the world
who calls me to tell me
hello, I'm here a lone
waiting for you to call

Discography

“Pineapple”, “Wasteland Cupid” on There’s Always and Ending Before a Beginning- split CD w/The Sunflower Conspiracy
Urinine Records, USA (1997)

Shirley Temple Tidal Wave- 7” single
Roisin Recordings, UK (1998)

“In Your Room (single mix)”, “Swimming Through Us” on Populogical Synthplop- Compilation CD
Isonauta Records, France (1999)

“Sharron Apple” on Seven Winters- Compilation CD
Seven Winters, Japan (2001)

Christmas Colors- 3” CD promotional EP
Sonic Syrup Records, USA (2001)

In Your Room- 8” single
Sonic Syrup Records, USA (2002)

Winks & Kisses: Frosted- CD EP
Clairecords, USA (2003)

Winks & Kisses: Dizzy- CD EP
Clairecords, USA (2003)

Winks & Kisses: Melted- CD EP
Clairecords, USA (2004)

Winks & Kisses: Crackled- CD EP
Clairecords, USA (2004)

“Sonic” on Pacific Union- Compilation CD
Clairecords, USA & Vinyl Junkie, JAPAN (2004)

Airiel EP- CD EP
SonicBaby Records, USA (2005)

“Blowin Cool” (Swervedriver) on Never Lose That Feeling – Compilation CD
AC30, UK (2005)

Set List

- Intro
- Swimming Through Us
- Kiss Me Sadly
- Thinktank
- Cinnamon
- 500 Deep
- DL4

Aprox 45- 1 hr, depending on solo times.