Stockholm progressive heavy rock stalwarts JIRM (formerly known as Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus) unveil an epic first track taken from their fifth album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam”, to be released on March 4th and available to preorder now on Ripple Music.
JIRM — whose blend of psychedelic heaviness has been referred to as “a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd” — return with their fifth album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam”. This first track “You Fly” brims with epicness, skyrocketed by Henke Persson‘s spine-shivering vocals, a mind-altering saxophone solo and touches of glockenspiel over the course of its hammering 7 minutes.
Assembled in a true reflection of the world as altered by the pandemic, its tracks were recorded one by one in five different studios across Sweden. The end result is a massive liftoff from reality that is sure to appeal to fans of everything from REZN to YOB, to Elephant Tree to Cities of Mars. Prepare for an astral-traveling, riff-fueled trip into the cosmos!
About the creative process on this new album, JIRM comments: “The making of this album has been long and weird — it has been a journey colored by streams of galactic beams and all that magic and stuff and has shaped this creation into a somewhat new organism. The songs have met our maker and turned back with new predictions of what lies ahead, and we are ready to draw swords on the battlefield of sound. ‘The Tunnel The Well Holy Bedlam’ has more or less erupted from the same abyss of darkness as our last record. When making records in a weird way like that, nothing ever turns out as we predicted, and it has evolved into some weird process that we have surrendered ourselves to. So if you like or dislike any of this, we literally can’t be blamed. And the cause being, we totally lost control the minute we made our first contact with the making of sound.“
JIRM will make an impact on you: they have an innovative, and highly personal take on psychedelic rock and its many facets and elements. It is music with a retrospective outlook, taking the listener on adventurous excursions, deep into one’s mind. Their music aims to broaden your horizons and consciousness. The band was formed in 2004 under the name Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus, by Micke Backendal and Karl Apelmo. In 2007, they were joined by Henke Persson and Viktor Källgren to seal the definitive line-up. JIRM has toured extensively, from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to Pleszew (Poland), positioning themselves as one of the hardest working and most prolific outfits of the underground heavy rock scene. They decided to change the name to JIRM when releasing their fourth full-length ‘Surge Ex Monumentis’ in 2018, a record that brimmed with newfound energy and has been described as “both a roller-coaster of emotion and a cinematic triumph” by Echoes & Dust and “a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd” by Mass Movement.
Their upcoming fifth album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” has been recorded in a true pandemic style: the tracks were recorded one by one, in five different studios across Sweden. It’s been a challenge both from a songwriting and technical point of view. However, the end result sounds bigger and better than ever, with no holds barred. There is one thing you you can be absolutely sure of with JIRM‘s upcoming fifth album: “it’s not a joke this time, I’m leaving reality for sure”. “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” is slated for an early 2022 release through Ripple Music. Stay tuned for more details!
Karl Apelmo — vocals, guitar
Micke Backendal — guitar
Viktor Källgren — bass
Henke Persson — drums