Lucky Iris are an alt pop duo who have put their own personal spin on the resurgence of electro-acoustic music, resulting in the production of a set on intimate silky tunes with a fresh aesthetic. The pair started their band with a bang, releasing their debut EP “Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home” (25/04/2020).

Here’s what Maeve and Jasper had to say when we got a chance to ask them some questions.

How did you all meet? 

Maeve – “We actually went to school together and were in the school choir and brass band (we know, how cool right!!!) so I guess we became close through music, and then Jasper went to uni in Leeds and I followed him and that’s where we started our band!”

Who were your musical influences growing up? 

Maeve – “I think mine and Jasper’s influences vary a bit.. But there are definitely some crossovers! I grew up around a lot of prog rock, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen, but also Norah Jones who has always been a big big influence of mine. I think also growing up with the likes of Amy and Adele playing on the radio had a big impact and I’m currently listening to a lot of Celeste”

Jasper – “I grew up listening to classical and jazz music. However, at the age of 12 I discovered Alex Turner… I then went through a phase of listening to Arctic Monkeys before branching out to bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Black Keys. I then started my funk/soul discovery of the greats such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Marvin Gaye. Now however, I am really into LCD Soundsystem, so a large variety of music genres”

What made you want to be in a band? 

Maeve – “Music has been a part of both of our lives for a long time and we’ve been performing together for a few years now, we both wrote music separately for a while but we enjoyed writing together and it really seemed to work, we feel like our styles and different strengths compliment each other, you know like me writing the lyrics and Jasper writing everything else haha… but all in all we enjoyed working together and it definitely takes the weight off to share the work”

What has been your best gig? 

M: We’re actually so brand new that we’re yet to play live as the gigs we had lined up all got cancelled! However, we were both in another Leeds outfit called Everyday People and we played alongside a band called Red Rum Club and another called Happy Daggers at Brudenell Social Club which is a cracking independent venue and we would love to play there again soon!! 

Can you tell us a bit about your music?

Jasper – “Turns Out We Should Have Stayed at Home” (25/04/2020), is actually a concept EP based around a night on the town, and how sometimes they don’t go to plan and it may be better to stay home… Each song explains each stage of the night out. Track one giving off a sense empowerment whilst full of promise for the night ahead, and then suddenly being thrown into a pres in the second track, feeling like an outsider and watching all that positivity turn to anxiousness as you watch the night play out in front of you and still don’t seem to feel a part of it. By the third track you’re embracing the night and making the most of being out and feeling like you’ve let go, but by track four as you come down from it all as you walk home a sense of sadness comes over you as you question whether all of this is worth it but you know you will inevitably probably do it all again”  

Describe your music in 3 words. 

Jasper – “Varied, Conceptual, Pop!” 

What makes your band stand out from others? 

Maeve – “Excuse the clichés but, there isn’t another Lucky Iris and there that’s because there isn’t another Maeve and Jasper! All we’re trying to do is share our experiences through a medium that everyone can understand and we’re just hoping that other people can enjoy and relate”

What are your plans for the rest of 2020? 

Jasper – “We want to get our EP out to as many people as possible right now but we do have some cheeky other things in the pipeline which may or may not include a remix or two, but you’ll have to just watch this space!”

If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?  

Maeve – “I think we’d like to be remembered for pushing a message of acceptance, after all that’s why we love music, there’s a place for everyone whether that’s classical or death metal!!”

Do you have any gig’s coming up?  

Maeve – “With the current climate, we’re not sure what the plan is right now… we’re staying safe at the moment and we’re excited to get out and gig so if you do want to hear us live I would suggest following us on our socials and we promise that as soon as it’s safe to we will be out there performing”

By Siân Parker