Irvine “The Chase”

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 band’s 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.

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