Irvine is a group of like-minded musicians who aim to put the heart and soul back into indie rock. Formed in 2006 by brothers Bob and Chris Thorpe, the band spent much of their time performing, writing and recording in London, England, before moving to Cape Town, South Africa, in 2009. Bassist Doug Gass completed their line-up, and for the past few years they’ve played the local scene, touring with the likes of CrashCarBurn and John Ellis, while also focussing on the recording of their debut album. With songs that are as memorable as they are intricate, voiced through sincere, unassuming lyrics, Irvine has developed a sound that has fused the art of the emotive big chorus rock anthem with the experimental low-fi production and subtle aural anarchy of the authentic indie tradition. The bands emphasis on strong melody is balanced by the progressive undertones in their arrangements, rhythms and chord structures, revealing influences ranging from contemporary artists such as Jimmy Eat World and Cold War Kids to greats like Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. The intensity and improvisational energy of Irvine’s live performances is a testament to this careful balance, constantly swaying between the beautifully melodic and the chaotically abstract. In an industry obsessed with producing and selling little more than a fashionable image through disposable music, Irvine seeks to stand out as a band for those who truly love to listen. RECENT NEWS In May 2013 Irvine released their debut album. The album is self-titled and was written, produced, mixed and partly engineered by the band themselves. Even the 17th century etchings-inspired artwork is a unique Irvine creation. The album is available for download from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and various other online stores. Links to these stores, as well as a free download of Irvin’s single The Chase can be found on the bands official website Irvine’s video for their single The Chase has received airplay on M-Net, SABC3, MK, America Free TV, and was featured in the homepage video for the official website of the 2010 Sports Illustrated SA Swimwear edition, as well as VO5’s Art of Stylin campaign in 2012. The band has received airplay in the UK, the USA, and at various radio stations across South Africa, including 94.7 Highveld Stereo, MFM, PUKFM, UJFM, and the DMX Campus Rock Channel. Irvin’s previous single, The Illusion of Dreaming was featured as a single on the 2009 international compilation Riot on Sunset Vol.17, released across America by Hollywood-based independent rock label 272 Records. The compilation, which features bands from all over The United States and Europe, was distributed to radio stations across the US, and is available for purchase from and Hollywood’s largest music store, Amoeba Music. Over the years Irvine has secured headlining slots at premier live music venues and festivals around the country, including the 2010 National Arts Festival, Wild Kei Music Fest, and Obz Fest. The band has also performed in prominent venues in London, UK, and has completed three coastal summer tours in South Africa, as well as a Joburg/Pretoria trip and numerous Eastern Cape tours.



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