Airiel

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Airiel
Origin Chicago/Illinois/United States
Genres Psychedelic rock
Shoegaze
Noise
Years active 1997–present
Labels Highwheel, Clairecords, Roisin Recordings
Website Airiel
Members Jeremy Wrenn
Andrew Marrah
Matt Blanton
Spencer Kiss

Airiel is an American shoegaze band from Chicago, Illinois, characterized by their melodic take on the shoegaze style.

Biography[edit]

Airiel was formed as Airiel Project One in 1997, in Bloomington, Indiana, by Jeremy Wrenn and former bandmate Shawn Delaney. This followed the break-up of Wrenn's previous shoegaze band, Black Olive, that released one CD called Verge. Airiel are currently signed to Shelflife Records, an independent record label.[1]

Airiel released a series of EPs through Clairecords which were later re-released as a box-set entitled Winks and Kisses.[2] In 2005, Airiel released their self-titled EP independently, and toured the eastern United States.[3]

In 2007, the band recorded their debut full-length, The Battle of Sealand, which was released on Highwheel Records in August of that year.[4][5]

Sealand[edit]

In honor of their contribution to the culture of The Principality of Sealand, a micronation, all the members of the band have been named official lords of Sealand, and were slated to be the first rock band to play a concert in the nation. This concert was to be broadcast live over the internet.[6]

Wrenn and DeBrizzio parted ways with Osborne and Rungger in late 2007. The band relocated to Bridgeport, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago shortly thereafter. Airiel toured the UK and Ireland in April 2008 with Ulrich Schnauss. Schnauss had also contributed to The Battle of Sealand, on the track "Sugar Crystals".[7]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Jeremy Wrenn – vocals, guitar
  • Andrew Marrah – guitar, synthesizers
  • Matt Blanton – bass guitar
  • Spencer Kiss – drums, synthesizers
Former members
  • Chris DeBrizzio – guitar
  • Mikey Pinaud – drums
  • Cory Osborne – bass, vocals
  • Chase Johnson - bass, synthesizers
  • Andrew Puricelli – bass, vocals
  • John Rungger – drums
  • Zeeshan Abbasi – guitar
  • Shaun Mendez – drums, vocals

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

  1. Winks & Kisses: Frosted (2003) (Track listing: 1. Liquid Paper 2. Kiss Me Slowly 3. Rainflower 4. Halo)
  2. Winks & Kisses: Dizzy (2003) (Track listing: 1. Stratosphere 2. Ri 3.This is Why I Can't Sleep at Night 4. 500 Deep)
  3. Winks & Kisses: Melted (2004) (Tracking listing: 1. Jeanette 2. Sharron Apple 3. Firefly 4. In Your Room)
  4. Winks & Kisses: Crackled (2004) (Tracking listing: 1.Airtight Angels 2. Swimming Through Us 3. Where it Belongs 4. Shirley Temple Tidal Wave)
  5. Airiel EP (2005)
  6. Kid Games (2012)

LPs[edit]

  1. The Battle of Sealand (2007)

Compilations[edit]

  • Welcome to The Future (Highwheel Records Comp Featuring the song "Peoria") (2006)
  • Never Lose That Feeling (Club AC30 Comp Featuring the song "Blowin Cool") (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Jeremy Wrenn of Airiel". When the sun hits. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  2. ^ Shoegaze Was Always Meant to Be Loud. Chicago Daily Herald, August 24, 2007.
  3. ^ Biography at Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Colville, Liz (2007-09-06). "Airiel: The Battle of Sealand". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Jason (2007-08-23). "Airiel: The Battle of Sealand Review". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  6. ^ "First live gig to rock Sealand". Sourcewire. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  7. ^ Review, Stylus Magazine

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