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The Irrepressibles
Origin Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK
Genres
Years active 2002–present
Labels OND Recordings
Website en-gb.facebook.com/TheIrrepressibles/
Members Jamie Irrepressible
Sarah Kershaw
Chloe Treacher
Ollie Hipkin
Past members Jamil Reyes (a.k.a. Jams)
Apollo
Ian Tripp
Charlie Stock
Jordan Hunt
Sophie Li
James Field
Nicole Robson
Helen White (a.k.a. Hazlitt)
Allan Bradbury
Anja McCloskey
Andy Harris
Peter Mills
Craig White
Rosie Reed
Anna Westlake
Amy Kelly

The Irrepressibles is the creative guise of British musician Jamie Irrepressible[1] (f.k.a. Jamie McDermott).

Contents

HistoryEdit

Created in 2002, the band have released two full studio albums to date and 6 EPs. All songs are written by Jamie Irrepressible. The name The Irrepressibles is "about breaking boundaries in music and being honest about being gay in music."[1] Based in London, England for many years, Jamie is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Jamie changed his name from 'Jamie McDermott' to 'Jamie Irrepressible' in 2013, on his collaboration with Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp.

2009: From The Circus To The SeaEdit

Released in January 2009 as the soundtrack to Shelly Love's 'The Forgotten Circus', The Independent described the Irrepressibles as one of Britain's best kept secrets. [2]

2010: Mirror MirrorEdit

On 11 January 2010, The Irrepressibles released their debut studio album, Mirror Mirror, a collection of 12 baroque pop songs produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and William Turner Duffin, and written by Jamie McDermott. The album features the single "In This Shirt".

Mirror Mirror received critical acclaim. The Guardian called it "theatrical and very different, a ripe, colourful riposte to all that is Cowell"[3] and The Independent described it as "a dramatic soundscape dripping with echoes of the Weimar Republic and la belle époque."[4]

In This ShirtEdit

"In This Shirt" garnered critical and public acclaim after it was used as the soundtrack for short film, The Lady Is Dead, by Israeli production company PAG Films, described by Sundance Channel as "fantastic".[5] It was remixed by various artists including Röyksopp, Hercules & Love Affair and Zero 7.

2012: NudeEdit

In November 2012, The Irrepressibles released their second album, Nude. Self-produced by Jamie McDermott, the album similarly received critical acclaim. The Quietus described it as a "remarkably varied and unpredictable album" stating that "the results border on the spectacular".[6] The Independent gave it 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "an act of bravery in a cowardly world" where McDermott "heralds homosexual love as a heroic, romantic and redemptive force".[7]

Nude EPsEdit

2013 saw the release of Nude : Landscapes, the first of three EPs inspired by – and expanding on – the band's second album. This first EP saw the band take a "minimal symphonic" and "acoustic" direction, as described by McDermott in an interview with QX Magazine.[8] The second EP, Nude : Viscera, released on 14 February 2014, "brings together influences from New Wave, Grunge, and Exotica".[9] The third EP, Nude : Forbidden, was released on 6 April 2014.

2018: Third albumEdit

On 31 May 2018, The Irrepressibles released a new single, Submission, from their forthcoming third album. The video, directed by Cypriot filmmaker Savvas Stavrou, was featured by Nowness[10]

CollaborationsEdit

The Irrepressibles have been Jamie McDermott has also provided guest vocals for Rex The Dog's single "Do You Feel What I Feel" and in 2013 on Röyksopp's single "Something in My Heart" and "Twenty Thirteen." In 2012, Jamie collaborated with Hotel Pro Forma and the Latvian Radio Choir on WAR SUM UP. Jamie composed the music for WAR SUM UP, which toured extensively worldwide, receiving acclaim from Danish outlet Gaffa[11] as well as The New York Times[12].

In 2014, he also featured on Röyksopp's album The Inevitable End on the tracks "You Know I Have to Go", "I Had This Thing", "Here She Comes Again", and "Compulsion", in addition to the previously released "Something in My Heart" on which he was credited for the first time as 'Jamie Irrepressible'. In 2015, having relocated to Berlin, Germany, Jamie began working with American alternative country artist Jon Campbell and produced his debut EP, released in 2016.[13]

Studio band / musiciansEdit

2009: From The Circus to the Sea EP[14]Edit

  • Charlie Stock - Viola, Backing vocals
  • Jordan Hunt - Violin - Backing vocals
  • Sophie Li - Double Bass, Backing vocals
  • Nicole Robson- Cello, Backing vocals
  • Sarah Tobias - Clarinet, Saxophone, Backing vocals
  • Sarah Kershaw - Piano, Church Organ, Backing vocals
  • Gary Hughes - Flute, Backing vocals
  • Olivia Duque - Oboe, Backing vocals
  • Jamil Reyes - Orchestral Percussion, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Backing vocals

2010: Mirror Mirror[15]Edit

  • Jamil Reyes - Orchestral Percussion, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Backing vocals
  • Charlie Stock - Viola, Backing vocals
  • Jordan Hunt - Violin - Backing vocals
  • Sophie Li - Double Bass, Backing vocals
  • Nicole Robson- Cello, Backing vocals
  • Sarah Tobias - Clarinet, Saxophone, Backing vocals
  • Sarah Kershaw - Piano, Church Organ, Backing vocals
  • Gary Hughes - Flute, Backing vocals
  • Olivia Duque - Oboe, Backing vocals

2012: Nude[16]Edit

  • Jamie Irrepressible (Jamie McDermott) - Lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, synthesizers, drum programming.
  • Jordan Hunt- Violin, Backing vocals
  • Charlie Stock - Viola, Backing vocals
  • Sophie Li - Double Bass, Backing vocals
  • Nicole Robson - Cello, backing vocals
  • Sarah Kershaw - Piano, backing vocals
  • Ian Tripp  - Drums, backing vocals
  • James Field - Drums, backing vocals
  • Robbie Wilson - Programming, audio manipulation

Live musiciansEdit

2010: Mirror Mirror

  • Craig White - Oboe, Backing Vocals
  • Rosie Reed - Flute, Backing Vocals
  • Anna Westlake - Clarinet, Saxophone, Backing Vocals
  • Amy Kelly - Orchestral Percussion, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Backing Vocals
  • Charlie Stock - Viola, Backing Vocals
  • Jordan Hunt - Violin, Backing Vocals
  • Sophie Li - Double bass, Backing Vocals
  • Nicole Robson - Cello, Backing Vocals
  • James Field  - Drums, Backing Vocals

2012: Nude

  • Ian Tripp - Drums, Backing Vocals
  • Charlie Stock - Viola, Backing Vocals
  • Jordan Hunt - Violin, Backing Vocals
  • Sophie Li - Double Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Nicole Robson- Cello, Backing Vocals
  • James Field - Drums, Backing Vocals
  • Chloe Treacher - Cello, Backing Vocals

2014: Nudes EPs

  • Sarah Kershaw -Piano, Backing Vocals
  • Chloe Treacher - Cello, Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Ollie Hipkin - Drums, Backing Vocals
  • Apollo - Violin, Backing Vocals

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Mirror Mirror (2010)
  • Nude (2012)

Extended playsEdit

  • My Witness (2005)
  • Knife Song (2005)
  • From The Circus to the Sea EP & DVD (2009)
  • Nude : Landscapes (2013)
  • Nude : Viscera (2014)
  • Nude : Forbidden (2014)

SinglesEdit

  • "In This Shirt" (2011)
  • "Two Men in Love" (2012)

Music VideosEdit

  • "I'll Maybe Let You" (directed by J. J. Stevens)
  • "Arrow" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "New World" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "Two Men in Love" (directed Jamie McDermott)
  • "Forbidden" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "Edge of Now" (directed by Jamie McDermott)

In Popular MediaEdit

  • "In This Shirt" was used in the BT Infinity advert in late 2011.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in a Russian advert for the Peugeot 308.
  • "In This Shirt" was featured on the soundtrack for Spanish film Tengo ganas de ti.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the BBC Film "A Long Way Down"
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the trailer for Brooklyn.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the Italian trailer for Third Person.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the French trailer for Eternity.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the trail for BBC Three's 2017 drama Overshadowed.
  • "Two Men in Love" was used in adverts for various shows on the Drama (TV channel).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rudolph, Christopher (18 February 2013). "The Irrepressibles Lead Singer Talks About Being Gay and the Men He's Loved". The Advocate. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Album: The Irrepressibles, From the Circus to the Sea, (Of Naked". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  3. ^ "The Irrepressibles: Mirror, Mirror". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Album: The Irrepressibles, Mirror Mirror (V2)". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pag: The Lady Is Dead". Sundance Channel. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Irrepressibles NUDE". The Quietus. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Album: The Irrepressibles, Nude (Of Naked Design)". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Irrepressibles". QX. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Irrepressibles". Brighton Dome. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Irrepressibles - Submission - Savvas Stavrou". www.nowness.com. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Hotel Pro Forma: War Sum Up, Odense Teater". gaffa.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  12. ^ Smith, Steve. "'War Sum Up' at the Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM". Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  13. ^ Withey, Josh (29 February 2016). "Introducing Jon Campbell's unique brand of alternative-country". Gay Times. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Irrepressibles - From The Circus... To The Sea". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  15. ^ "The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  16. ^ "The Irrepressibles - Nude". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 

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