Kirp is electronic music for adults, as experienced after too many pills and a near-fatal series of strokes. Kirp is the sound of musical self-recovery, after waking up in hospital weakened and different. Kirp is not a DJ, but you can dance if you like. Imagine losing the thing that makes you who you truly are. Now imagine finding your way to something new. It gets a little dark, but there are happy bits too.
Pre-Kirp, there was the Sydney music scene since the early ‘90s, forming, singing, playing, writing and recording for numerous bands in venues salubrious and otherwise. Kirp began in solo studio experiments, layering electronic music with a songwriter’s aesthetic.
The music in Kirp’s live set is all original. No samples. No vinyl. No spaces between the music. Studio-made elements triggered amidst live vocals, guitar, keys and –just because – a trombone. Sometimes songs are created spontaneously, so the set takes different detours on each night’s journey.
Kirp’s been seen live since 2004, but like anything it’s developed with every outing, building from rudimentary ingredients into something more challenging for everyone involved. The sudden difficulty of the music now comes from Kirp’s real-life struggle and rehabilitation. After his last stroke in 2014, everything was tentative, unfamiliar and unrecognizable. The brain needed re-mapping. The instruments were literally re-learned. It was frustrating, demoralizing and the only thing that mattered. Kirp has been left distracted, quickly bored so always in flux. Musical ADHD means trying anything, but always sounding exactly like... well, Kirp.
Kirp first offered various rough recordings and demos at kirp.bandcamp.com. And after years of refining and rehearsing, in 2013 Kirp completed the Be My Guest LP of collaborations. The next one is Breather and will inevitably be completely different, mellower and obtuse.
Kirp is not easy, but it is rewarding. That’s what happens when you lose the thing that makes you who you are. Kirp has found someone new though, and you are most welcome to an introduction.