Thursday, June 07, 2007


Formed in '97 by Jeremy Wrenn, Airiel 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.

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 into its current form. 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 was also asked to contribute to several international compilation cds, including the “Never Lose That Feeling” compilation by Club AC30(UK).

Now with Highwheel Records, the band has put together The Battle of Sealand, a mind-blowing full length album, capturing the raw energy that the band produces live, in 11 tracks of sonic bliss. 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 po-mo environments. In addition to playing such local Chicago landmarks as the Double Door, Empty Bottle, and The Metro, they have begun plying their trade farther afield. In 2005, 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, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Annuals, Snowden and Voxtrot. Their first full-length album, "The Battle for Sealand," will be released Summer '07. Recommended!

Airiel - Cinnamon (from Airiel EP)
Airiel - Kiss Me Slowly (from Winks & Kisses: Frosted EP)
Airiel - Stratosphere (
from Winks & Kisses: Dizzy EP)
Airiel - Firefly (
from Winks & Kisses: Melted EP)
Airiel - Airtight Angels (
from Winks & Kisses: Crackled EP)
Airiel - Thinktank (from The Battle Of Sealand)
Airiel @ MySpace

Op8 (feat Lisa Germano) - Slush !!!
Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
Axelle Renoir - Magnum Et Matinees Dansantes

Unkle Bob - Sugar And Spite !!!
UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
Guillemots - Through The Windowpane
Tv On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Dj Shadow - The Private Press
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I'm, That's What I'm Not
Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman
The Mars Volta - Deloused In Comatorium
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (2007)
Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
Paatos - Timelos
Porcupine Tree, Pelican, Red Sparowes, Katatonia, Explosions In The Sky, Leviathan, etc.


Anonymous torres#3 said...

Small request, can you try to post Matt Nathanson.


12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for introducing me to the music of airiel. kiss me slowly is one of the most rapturous songs i've heard since ride's chrome waves. paul nyc

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sorry, not "chrome waves" but "vapor trail"

paul nyc

4:39 AM  

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