Break the Circle
Iris I officially formed in September of 2006. In 2005, drummer Michael Cotta (formerly of Loom) met bassist Marc Gamble, ironically through Loom's bass player at the time. Marc had fled Idaho in search of a rock band that wanted to emphasize artistic creativity. He found that with Michael, a drummer whose use of electronic pads, loops and pedal effects, in conjunction with acoustic drums, sonically and rhythmically help to shape the music. Vocalist/guitarist Dan Hagan (formerly of Trine, Seed, and Collapse) had occasionally played on the same bill with Michael's band in the early 2000's. Unbeknownst to Dan, Michael was plotting a way to steal him for his band, even back then. They stayed in touch over the years and in September 2006, they came to the conclusion they should be in the SAME band and Dan joined the project. Michael and Dan are both Seattle music veterans. The members of Iris I have played all the clubs of Seattle numerous times over the last 10 years in their previous bands, including the extinct Off Ramp, Colourbox, etc, as well as cities from Portland to Boise, Spokane to Bellingham. In February 2007, Iris I finished a 6-song EP and their second EP will be finished in February '08. Their music is intricate and emotional; dynamic and persistent. Their compositions are unpredictable and always contain great melodies and powerful riffs.