(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (in this case, the synthpop band Iris) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains).
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production, producers, etc.
We’ve been around for 20 years and this record is the sum of all our experiences until now. It’s like Depeche Mode but with some shoegaze and club vibes mixed in. Reagan wrote the songs over a number of years while living in Austin, and I produced it in NYC in my new, very dark, basement studio.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Alan Wilder, Paul McCartney, and Andy Partridge. We’d play 4 person doubles and I’d be the one missing points because I’d be too busy annoying them with questions.
What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
I have a 3 year old daughter and I absolutely love the songs in the Bubble Guppies cartoon series, they are incredibly well written.
Any tours planned?
Yes! We’re about to go to Europe at the end of October to support the new “Six” record. We’ll mostly be in Germany, but also have stops in Gothenburg and Warsaw.
Why should people experience your music?
Why not? Do you really need to listen to that new Tool single over and over? Try something new!
Stella or Guinness? Why?
Guinness. It looks incredibly heavy, but is actually one of the lightest beers around. Plus you can drink 5 of them and sit in the pub like an old Irish writer and complain about the world.
Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?
1 million dollars isn’t enough to live on for very long these days, plus I’d be depressed enough that I’d need a lot of hobbies to compensate. 100 million might do it.
What really pisses you off?
People who answer political debates with memes, mumblecore rappers, people who won’t get out of the way on city sidewalks, hypocritical religious idiots, when I buy an umbrella and it breaks 2 hours later, and when I accidentally overcook my food.
What is the loneliest letter?
E. It’s the most common letter there is, but half the time it’s silent. Can you imagine? It’s like you’re literally everywhere but nobody wants to say your name.
Worst thing ever eaten?
I ate a Carolina Reaper once, it literally set my mouth on fire and I was in pain for hours (with a second helping of pain once it came out the other side). At least with normal “bad” food you can spit it out or just wash it down with a drink quickly.
What are some of the unwritten rules of tours?
Don’t shit in the bus. If you aren’t in a bus, don’t get incredibly wasted because you’re going to have to drive in the morning. Show up to soundcheck at the right time. Don’t drink other band’s catering. Don’t annoy the venue people, they have the ability to make you look very bad. Rock like nobody’s watching.
How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
I could probably handle at least 50 as long as I kept outrunning them. Once they get close you’re going to get swarmed like in zombie movies, they’re stronger than you think.