Iris Talks December Harvard & Stone Residency

Iris performing on night one of their Harvard & Stone residency.

Last week, we caught up with Iris as they kicked off their Tuesday night residency at Harvard & Stone w/ Rosechild and Sister Crowley.

LA locals Iris are playing host to their own residency just weeks after releasing their newest effort called Prey (Future Force Records).  Just like the title might suggest, Prey is meant to be dark.  It stands out as a collection of songs being both beautiful and haunting at the same time, executed through a blend of heavy grunge and gazey indie rock.  It was quite fitting then that they brought along two bands heavy on the dark–psych folk neighbors Rosechild and Long Beach’s garage psych outfit Sister Crowley.

Afterwards, we spoke w/ Iris’ Alex Moreno about the new EP (Future Force Records) and what to expect for the rest of the residency.

How did the idea for a residency at Harvard & Stone come about?

Throughout this year we have been fortunate to have played at Harvard and Stone on multiple occasions. Each show brought a new and positive experience in which we were able to build a great relationship with everyone there. The residency was a huge next step for us and a perfect way to follow up our release of Prey.

And what can we expect for the rest of the residency?

Each band we booked for the residency has played with us in the past and are people we consider to be our great friends. They all contribute different styles of music and are all very talented musicians. Our goal was to book a wide variety of sounds, as each band definitely brings something different to the table. The final night of the residency will be hosted by Future Force Records and also is our first time teaming up Lucky Cat Club. Miss Chief and new friends Blood Candy will be closing out the the final night.

Loving the new EP, it’s haunting and beautiful at the same time. The lyrics especially can be dark at times. What was driving you to write Prey? What’s next for Iris?

Thank You! Prey was the first set of songs that we collaborated on as a full band and spent a lot of time working out our dynamics as a whole instead of individually. Michelle and I have always written lyrics together. Throughout the course of writing Prey we really challenged each other lyrically and artistically to write the best we could while still keeping our music simple and relatable. Iris is very excited for the new year to come, we plan on getting started on a new full length album as well as setting up a tour.

See photos of Iris, Sister Crowley, and Rosechild from night 1 below.


Sister Crowley