Hot on the heels of his splendid support slot with Kiran Leonard and Richard Dawson, IRMA VEP returns to Newcastle for a headline show at Cluny 2. Irma Vep is the vehicle for the multi-faceted and prolific Edwin Stevens' solo works. Since leaving the spawning pool of Llanfairfechan for the sprawl of Manchester, Stevens has been a persistent presence in the North West underground, featuring in groups including Sex Hands, Klaus Kinski, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, and Yerba Mansa.
As Irma Vep he balances somewhere between tongue-in-cheek braggadocio and regret-filled introspection, and projects it all through a fog of scuzz and echo, playing unashamedly sincere songs that conjure up images of The Velvet Underground, Robert Wyatt, Country Teasers, and Smog.
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