Airiel with DJs Kevin Cole and Cheryl Waters
photo by Alex Rudder
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Think Tank by Airiel from their forthcoming album The Battle of Sealand, available tomorrow(!) on Highwheel Records.
After a handful of EPs dating back to 2003, Airiel’s debut LP, The Battle of Sealand, hits shelves tomorrow. Lead vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Wrenn formed the band in ’97, originally envisioning a solo project accompanied by drum machines. His vision of appealing to the masses eventually lured Cory Osborne (bass, vocals), Chris DeBrizzio (guitar), John Rungger (drums), and even Arturo Valle, a visual projectionist. These guys strive to infuse melody into their shoegaze stylings, a genre that often lumps bands together in a pool of My Bloody Valentine ripoffs. Through visuals, thirst for success and sonic might, Airiel have created a debut well worth the wait and a live show that often provides earplugs free of charge. On a side note, according to Wrenn, the band had come to a creative standstill on the song
Sugar Crystals. As a fan of the group, German electro-standout Ulrich Schnauss took a listen and shipped the completed song back in one day. Schnauss’ modifications were approved wholeheartedly. While few tour dates are listed, on 10/3 Airiel will perform a set in Chicago’s Engine Studios, which will be broadcast live right here on KEXP. Stay fresh on their website and MySpace page and this video of “Peoria” put together by Arturo Valle of Panic Films: