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Iris

Reagan Jones and Andrew Sega
Background information
Origin Texas, USA
Genres Electropop, electronic rock, indietronica
Years active 1993 - present
Labels A Different Drum
Diffusion Records
Infacted Recordings
Associated acts The Alpha Conspiracy, Stromkern, Low Technicians, CTRL
Website http://www.irismusic.com
Members
Reagan Jones
Andrew Sega
Former members
Matthew Morris

Iris is an American electronic pop/rock band, formed by Reagan Jones and Mat Morris in 1993. After releasing their first album Disconnect, Matthew Morris was replaced with Andrew Sega who pushed the band's sound into a more experimental electronic direction. Their latest album, Hydra was released in 2008.

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Biography

The band was initiated in 1993 as Forgiving Iris, with members Reagan Jones (vocals/keyboards) and Matt Morris (keyboards/programming).[1] The two had met in college and, influenced by 1980s artists such as Erasure and Depeche Mode, began playing covers locally in Austin, Texas. In 1999 they changed their name to Iris and released their debut full-length, Disconnect, which netted them Best Band and Best Album awards at the American Synthpop Awards in 2000.[1] Its single, "Annie, Would I Lie To You?" was one of the best-selling records in label A Different Drum’s history.

Andrew Sega performing with Iris, Seattle 2008

After several shows that followed, Reagan Jones and Matthew Morris started having arguments about their musical direction. Morris was focused on his personal life, and he wasn't interested to go back into the studio for the second album. He met Andrew Sega through the original singer of CTRL Joel Willard in 2001, and told him that Jones was looking for someone new to work with. Sega and Jones started working on some test tracks, the first of which would later become "Unknown". They felt that the chemistry between the two worked out so well that they started working on the new record that would become Awakening. Sega added guitars and pushed the band's sound into a more experimental electronic direction. They released their second album Awakening throughout Sega's new label, Diffusion Records. Their next record, Wrath (2005) took a more aggressive approach. Its first single, "Appetite" went #1 on mainstream radio in Poland. A European tour followed, including festivals in Moscow and London.

In 2008, Iris released their first CD/DVD combo, Hydra. It featured 3 brand new tracks, as well as remixes from bands like Mesh, Alpinestars, Datguy, Benz & MD, plus a 40 minute "behind the scenes" tour diary DVD.

Currently, they are working on a new album, which is to be released in 2010.

Members

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Current members

  • Reagan Jones - vocals, songwriting, keyboards
  • Andrew Sega - keyboards, guitars, programming

Additional touring members

  • Ned Kirby (Stromkern) - keyboards, bass
  • Brian Pearson - guitars

Former members

  • Matthew Morris - keyboards, programming

Discography

Albums

Year Title Notes
1999 Disconnect debut album
2003 Awakening first album with Andrew Sega
2003 Reconnect remix album
2005 Wrath
2005 Disconnect 2.0 European re-release of their 1999 debut with two bonus tracks
2008 Hydra remix album with studio tracks + DVD

Singles

Year Title Album
1998 "Annie, Would I Lie To You1" Disconnect
1999 "Lose In Wanting" Disconnect
1999 "Saving Time" Disconnect
2000 "Danger Is The Shame" Disconnect
2002 "Unknown" Awakening
2005 "Appetite" Wrath
  • 1 Import

References

  1. ^ a b Iris at Allmusic

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