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After a well-received debut album and critically acclaimed follow-up EP, the band Irving now realizes its full potential with “Death In The Garden, Blood On The Flowers.” An album of inspired variety and stirring depth, “Death In The Garden” casts Irving among the strongest rock bands performing today.

Formed initially by members Alex Church (bass), Steven Scott (guitar) and Brian Canning (guitar), Irving began as a thrown-together rock outfit to accompany a friend’s art opening. Within a month, Brent Turner (drums) joined, and the group began working in earnest on the songs that would eventually appear on its first album, Good Morning Beautiful. The release of GMB in 2002 showcased the band’s penchant for writing witty pop songs with whimsical backup vocals and upbeat melodies.

By the year’s end, Aaron Burrows (keyboards) signed on, and the band was back in the studio. The I Hope You’re Feeling Better Now EP, released in 2003 to critical acclaim, exhibited Irving’s unrelenting willingness to experiment with pop song structures, and highlighted the innate strengths of a band in which all five members are songwriters.

In the two years since the release of the EP, Irving has opened for such notables as Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The Polyphonic Spree. The band’s songwriting has also taken a noticeably more thoughtful turn. While the innate pop sensibilities continue to stand out above all else, Irving’s songwriting has matured—the sounds and structures more intricate, the subject matter more thoroughly realized.


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  • Machiventa

    Anyone know if they're still together? New album on the way? I'm guessing after 6 years maybe not.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • tjd9

    First heard these guys back in 1999 when was in its first incantation. Wish I had downloaded more of their tracks back then, but there was only so much you get on dial-up. Their more recent work doesn't compare to their earlier material.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Coloredmoon

    way underrated [2]

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • myloo

    you are like happy optimistic pinback ! <3

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Brigadier8

    Is good.

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dii22

    Hello can someone send me the music I want to love in my room - Irving by email? thank

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • dancehalldaze

    way underrated

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • VanaoTX

    hehe oh that's me

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • jp_amuser

    most underrated band I know, and they're so amazing ! Keep on making great music guys.

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
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    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • photog_love

    I adore Irving. They are incredible. I highly recommend their back catalogue.

    5 Feb 2008 Reply
  • indieeee

    so good!

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • hockeycoaster

    I discovered these guys shopping at american eagle. haha I've been listening to them like crazy ever since. I just wish they would play more eastern coast gigs.

    18 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Vudell

    woo! surprise LA show mid august. i am so there

    6 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Machiventa

    yeah no shit.. i saw their album listed as a top 2006 album so i figured they would've blown up or at least have more listeners.

    24 Apr 2007 Reply
  • bartek_16

    Really good...they deserve more listeners.

    22 Feb 2007 Reply
  • nikoleeee

    i l-o-v-e irving. yes, i know, that was so corny.

    20 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Allouette

    My laptop is named Irving - I found these guys via google, and think they're awesome. Aprooval. High aproova.

    29 Dec 2006 Reply
  • rightroundmusic

    super funny irving. story up at enjoy!!

    19 Dec 2006 Reply
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