CD features 'industrial, techno and jazz-influenced rock'


Pat Kammerer's name was misspelled in an article on page 1C Thursday about the band Iris-T-Shirt.

---------------------------------------------------------- By Christina Killion Valdez

The rush of cars along Fourth Street Southeast drifts up and through the windows of Patrick Kammer and Love Drew's attic apartment, which doubles as We Are... studios.


There the two musicians create their own soundscape as Iris-T-Shirt, including a new CD, "Impersonal Art Protection Sleeve."

"It takes more than a couple words to describe it as a whole," Kammer said. "We use the terms industrial, techno and jazz-influenced rock."

The musical duo, Kammer, 22, on six- and 12-string guitar, and Drew, 25, on bass, create songs with the aid of what they produce on computerized synthesizers and drums.

Iris-T-Shirt began two years ago after the couple come across the name written on a $10 bill at the gas station where the two used to work.

"It just stuck in our heads," Kammer said.

They've been working on evolving their work into their debut CD ever since.

Most of the guitar, bass and vocal tracks were recorded in their entirety, giving the album a live sound often lacking in industrial music, they explained.

"We put more life into our songs than other groups do," Kammer said.


"You have to listen more than once to fully appreciate what it has to offer," Drew said.

That goes for both the meaning and the sound, she said.

Complex noises and rhythms are difficult to catch the first time around.

"It demands you listen more than once," agreed Kammer, who has been called an "audio anarchist." "So much happens and it goes past you before you really get a chance to take in what has happened."

The lyrics also take a second thought.

"N.E.S.T." almost has a double meaning, Kammer said. First is the natural connotation of a birds nest, second is the acronym for "nuclear emergency support team," he said.

"It gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics," Kammer said.

Plus, the album as a whole takes the listener through an emotional journey.


"A lot of thought went into the order of the album," Drew said. "It's a bit of a story. Each song is a chapter."

And everyone will react to it differently.

Listeners weren't sure what to do during one performance at Rochester Community and Technical College for a group of students and their parents.

"People were completely silent. We could sense them tense up as the music started," Kammer said. "They wanted to move back, but there was nothing to move back from."

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