- Introduce us to your project!
Our project is called Irk and it’s mostly to do with creating an underlying sense of socially aware existential foreboding and dread through postmodern and poststructuralist cybernetics, but in a very de-compartmentalised and desegregated framework, aiming to ascertain a fine balance between an ontology which seeks to establish a collective true essence, and a dialectic critique of the current zeitgeist and the related paradigms therein.
2. How did you start out?
A wise man once told me that according to the Boshongo people of central Africa, in the beginning, there was only darkness, water, and the great god Bumba. One day Bumba, in pain from a stomach ache, vomited up the sun. The sun dried up some of the water, leaving land. Still in pain, Bumba vomited up the moon, the stars, and then some animals. The leopard, the crocodile, the turtle, and finally, man. Then after that, Bumba shat out Irk.
3. Describe your project’s sound.
I think of it as a series of approximately ten sounds, alternating between the chest and falsetto registers of the voice, starting with a semi-long sound in the chest register, then a short sound up an interval of one octave plus a fifth from the preceding sound, then a short sound down a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, then a short sound up a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, then a long sound down one octave plus a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, then a short sound up one octave from the preceding sound, then a short sound up a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, then a short sound down a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, then a short sound up a Major 3rd from the preceding sound, and finally a long sound down an octave plus a fifth from the preceding sound. Rock music.
4. What influences your craft?
Whenever we’re stuck for inspiration or need reminding of why we do what we do, we always turn to ten-pin bowling. Whether it’s to clear up writer’s block or to wind down after a stressful tour, there’s nothing that some good old-fashioned bowls can’t beat. Safe to say, people are bowled over by our music, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we hit a strike with every track. Spare me the turkey talk, because our album is going to split opinion, but be sure it’s no gutter ball, just stay in your lane and make way for the kingpins. What was the question?
5. What makes your project different? Why should people listen to you?
We don’t have any guitars which is super wacky and everyone is always like “Woah, how do you get such a huge sound with no guitars!?” and people just can’t believe it, and they’re always like “Dude, what the heck!?” and we just don’t know what to tell people, at the end of the day, we just do the big noise with the big boys and sure as heck the awards keep on coming so gee whizz, what can I say!? I mean, a bass is a guitar in a way so like, totally whatever, I mean, aw shucks! I guess we’re just goofballs with heart!
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Very tough call between one of our earlier tracks, which is the theme music to the 1997 comedy “Good Burger”, and one of our newer and more popular tracks, which is Going Away to College by Blink 182. Maybe the former if you want to look cool, and the latter if you want to look erudite.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
When we first started out, our band was called “Three Martins” and we each roleplayed as a Martin. Matt was noted German theologian Martin Luther, Ed was the actor and comedian Martin Lawrence, and I was Martina Hingis. The music was exactly the same, but people just weren’t into the whole Martin bit. So, we changed the name to Irk and suddenly people started to like us a lot more. It’s a fickle business.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
We once played a gig in Nottingham, it’s a well-known gig because it was the one where wafer-thin slices of turkey ham kept coming out of Matt’s drumsticks, but at that gig, there was a man with very big hands and he gave me a beer. I didn’t drink it, but it was something nice and cylindrical to hold for a while until it was time to go home.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
That depends entirely on whether we’re talking apparent magnitude, absolute magnitude, or bolometric magnitude. I’m going to assume we’re talking apparent magnitude, so citing Pogson’s ratio, I’d say our future is a 2.0, meaning 16% brightness relative to Vega. Naturally, I won’t go into absolute or bolometric here (come and see us live if you want to go down that road). In terms of plans, we’ll probably be playing some more shows and releasing some more music.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
I believe it was Arthur Schopenhauer who said, in his seminal work, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung, “Going through these struggles everyday on this pavement, in every hood I see them doing the same. There’s a lot of haters that don’t want us to make it. All we want is for you to remember our name, so that you’ll never forget us.” Also, it would be good if people thought we were handsome.
Find out more about Irk and pre-order the upcoming album Recipes from the Bible here: https://irkband.bandcamp.com/