We first played Toronto’s Iris late last year with the instrumental grinder “Antoinette”. We caught up with them when the single “Ragdoll” premiered via Sounds Better With Reverb, and it was a breath of fresh air. We then heard the single “Fix Me” and fell over. Like the debut from Whirl (now Whirr) and Pity Sex before them, it was less of a band, or a sound, and more of a sheer force of nature. They practically dare you to get in, or get run over. Since then, Iris has generated a huge amount of buzz on our airwaves, recently opened for Whirr, done an impressive cover of The Killers’ “When You Were Young”, and they await their debut 10″ vinyl release on Middleman Records soon. We bugged for an interview before they got too big and too cool to talk to us.

Iris is:
Danielle – Vocals / Bass
Scott – Guitar
Matt – Drums
Brad – Guitar / Vocals
Also, they’re a force of nature. But we said that already.

DKFM: How did Iris get started? It seems like it started as two musicians and a session drummer, but now is a fully-formed band, kicking ass and taking names. How did it start, and how did we get here?

Scott: It started with Danielle and I! Danielle had the idea of starting a band while her and I were doing acoustic songs and I was skeptical at first, but did it anyway. We wrote Blossom, our first EP in the span of a month and recorded it with our friend Matt, who is now our drummer. A month after the release, Brad hit me up on Facebook and told me he wanted to jam with us. Before our first show in October, Matt and Brad were just suppose to fill in for us, but when we jammed it just felt so right to have them join.

Matt: I originally asked Danielle if she wanted to record her acoustic stuff in my studio and they had been working on the EP and decided to give me a shot. It was my first real project and helped me start up my studio as well as helped us get the band together, so it was a win-win situation.

DKFM: Inspirations? What bands do you look up to, and have helped form your own unique sound?

Scott: I look up to My Bloody Valentine a lot when it comes to shoegaze, Recently I’ve been fucking with Pygmalion by Slowdive as well. Something about that record messes with my emotions a lot. I love it. I really metronidazole buy online like Whirr a lot too; their music influenced me a lot. I really, really, really, love hair metal though, nothing gets me going more than Ratt or Van Halen.

DKFM: The rest of the EP is coming? Two tracks so far via Bandcamp, but more is promised. How is that taking shape, and how soon do we get our hands on it?

Scott: It’s coming. There are 5 tracks on the EP. Fix Me, Ragdoll, Numb, a re-recorded version of Downfall, and a full band version of This Isn’t Goodbye, from our acoustic EP. As soon as record pre-orders go up we’ll drop the rest of the EP, it was suppose to come out in November, but pressing plants are always backed up, so we’ll probably have it early 2015. We have the EP coming out on cassette for our online store in November though.

DKFM: The indie press and fans are FINALLY starting to catch up to your sound. What’s that been like for you?

Danielle: I didn’t really expect for people to notice us so it’s pretty shocking, to be honest! It’s really nice though, people are really supportive of us and we appreciate it a lot. It’s always cool to see people write about us on tumblr, and blogs scattered around the internet.

DKFM: How about touring? With the vinyl release of “Haunt Me” expected soon, and with new tracks imminent, any plans to take a victory lap?

Scott: We’re planning a tour for April, unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be able to reach California, but we’ll be there eventually for sure. We’re planning on going down the mid-west, through Texas, down to Tampa, and back up the East Coast. So if you have hook ups send them my way: scottdownes_07@hotmail.com

DKFM: What comes next for Iris?

Scott: Hopefully a full length in September 2015. We’ll see though. I don’t really want to rush anything. I’d rather work really hard on one record than half-ass a ton of bad ones. We’re planning on doing another 2 track EP before the full length though.

DKFM: Finally, what would you like all your new friends and fans to know about you?

Scott: Thanks for giving us a shot. I hope you all enjoy the new EP when it’s out, and hopefully we’ll have more stuff for you soon!

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Follow the exploits of Iris on Facebook, Bandcamp, but not on Twitter. @iris_toronto will get you speed reading classes.
Photos courtesy of and copyright Cordell Shanahan, 2014, and used by permission.