Irma Vep is a loner, a joker, a roamer, a ribald construct riddled with both earnest anxiety and mercurial songwriting talent.
Birthed by a young Edwin Stevens in Llanfairfechan, North Wales – thrust into life when his mum bought him a four track recorder, Edwin started recording for the cathartic process rather than the outcome.
Having since fully grown into Irma Vep and now residing in Glasgow, Stevens’ discography has expanded to document every aspect of his music, from ecstatically free group experiments, to bare, sparse songwriting that cuts to the quick, shorn of ornament or pretence.
Stevens moonlights in several other groups (Sex Hands, Klaus Kinski, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, Yerba Mansa…), bringing with him an instantly recognisable guitar language.
However, it’s in Irma Vep that his most life-affirming, troubling and thrilling music is made. Much Irma Vep feels like what ‘classic’ music should feel like if it weren’t so classic.
Each record, each song and each performance exists as an evolving drama.
Edwin has toured the West Coast of America after being invited by Chris Johanson to play his Quiet Music Festival of Seattle and Portland.
BBC 6 Music regularly spin his work.
He tours the UK and Europe ‘butt loads’.
Irma Vep’s latest offering Evil talks of repression and the consequences of repression, channeling Edwin’s influences of ‘The Rebel, Lou Reed, Katherine Dunn, Dennis Cooper, Michael Yonkers, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Cat Power, Smog, Henry Flynt and Nico’.
‘A wiry, minimalist piece of guitar pop, the surreal word play lends an outsider feel, a true dose of weird-pop that thrills at every turn’ – Clash
‘A stellar piece of wonky psych-pop’ – The Line of Best Fit
‘A bowerbird of outsider music that makes awkward compositions designed to tear you down just to build you up again… explosively euphoric’ – The Quietus
This is going to be a full band performance including some of Glasgow and Manchester’s finest players, alongside the Git himself.
You’d be a very silly sod to miss this.
8PM START, HAVE YA ROAST, NEE SUPPORT, LET’S CHIN SOME PINTS N THEN GET A TAXI HOME COS IT’S SUNDAY.