Il Attire

Il Attire


An eccentric hybrid of Radiohead, Massive Attack and Early U2 that evokes dance moves out of the most cyncial crowds.


It's not surprising that the French translation of Il Attire means "to attract". Instead of prying on the cliché of sensuality in music as the seedy underbelly, the band wears its lustful heart on its sleeve while allowing more complex emotions to dwell within the subtext. In doing just this, the band evades the gimmicks of typically sexy music (empty beats,brash lyrics, and constant pining) in exchange for clever wordplay, a genuine lucid style, and a hint of vulnerability. Imagine Beth Gibbons being unsuccessfully wooed in the back of a polyester-clad Ford.

Taking kudos from the likes of Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack and 1990's era U2, Il Attire has constructed alternative grooves that settle into your body. Too infectious to be mellow, there is still a mature ease beneath the most grinding tracks. Hints of random influences such as The Pixies, The Flamingos, and Nine Inch Nails add some unpretentious experimentation to the otherwise trip-hop infused music - along with some tongue-in-cheek.

Il Attire was formed in Toronto in 2001, when "The Bands" were still migrating from gritty New York City clubs to the national airwaves.

Vocalist OE wanted to offer a secondary option to the hipster set, and worked alongside bassist Bryan to create a fuller-sounding alternative. Mark was added to the mix in 2003 on guitar to evolve the line-up into a live act, and OE soon dropped his stint as a live drummer to focus on the acts development full-time. In 2005, after 2 years of recording and live shows to test the strengths and weaknesses of the outfit, Jamie (keyboards) and Sasha (drums) were added to complete the ensemble, and Laurie came on board to replace Bryan on bass in the beginning of 2006.

The complete line-up, as opposed to the early incarnations of Il Attire (then known as Tepid Lust) added an eclectic rock energy to the trip-hop vibe of the band, giving them a distinctive crossover appeal. The band proudly unveiled their 6-track EP “Don’t you look pretty� to a sold out crowd at The Drake Hotel in May 2006, followed by many local showcases and intensive writing for their first LP.

Il Attire will be playing select shows in Canada and the US in the Winter of 2007, before following up with their full-length debut in the Spring of 2007.

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Il Attire - Don't You Look Pretty EP (May 2006)

Set List

A sample from The Horseshoe
(Headliner -01/06/2006)

the deepest cut
all emotion away
covered in rose
trash people
money and tight bodies
hold me thrill me kiss me kill me (u2 cover)
tripping on a stepping stone
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