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There are at least two artists named IR - alternative rock band from Lithuania and hard rock band from Latvia.

1) IR is an alternative rock band based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Formed in 2003, IR has stormed the young Lithuanian alternative scene, winning several local band contests including the most prestigious Naujas Kraujas and Euro Rock Vilnius 2004, among others. After the original line-up broke up in 2005, the founding member and front man Germanas Skoris continued the IR drive with different semi-international line-ups until it stabilized in the current shape.

During just three years of its existence the band’s music has been compared by fans and local media to about a dozen rock acts, stretching from Placebo and Smashing Pumpkins to Nirvana and Foo Fighters, which only suggests that IR actually do have an original style of their own. With this in mind, and having a wide range of musical influences, the band members themselves won’t go into any deeper definitions than just “rock”, leaving it up to the listeners to figure out for themselves.

In the winter of 2005, the band signed a record deal with Zona Music, which resulted in their debut album Now or Never. Released in the fall of 2005, it took the band’s career to a new level. The album received very positive feedback from numerous reviewers, both local and foreign, agreeing that it is one of the best alternative rock records to come out of the Baltic States. “The album has a drive from the beginning on. […] Amazing quality so early in the band’s history” wrote Overhook Music from Finland.

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