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Irene & Reed

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Location:Indianapolis, Indiana
Year(s):2009 - 2013
Categorized as:Indie Rock, Americana, Folk / Acoustic
Members:Leslie Benson: vocals, lyrics, flute, guitar
Jason Reed Milner: keyboards, piano, organ, guitar
Guests (Live): Edward Venable: drums; Eric Latham: bass; "Closer to Home": Brad Milner: drums, bass
Website:www.ireneandreed.com
Label:Unsigned (Independent); Artist Management: Self-Managed
Total Request:2685 (2195 downloads, 490 plays)
Total Request:2685 (2195 downloads, 490 plays)
About:

Leslie Irene Benson and Jason Reed Milner formed Irene & Reed in 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana, releasing their debut CD, "Closer to Home," in March of 2010. Drummer Edward Venable (Placebo, Bone Daddie, and Second Fiddle) joined in 2010 on drums and backing vocals to launch the band's first live tour, in support of their debut album, "Closer to Home." Guest bass guitarists included Scott Carroll and Eric Latham. Latham also played bass guitar on demos and live tracks.


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With support from: Arts Council and the City of IndianapolisIndiana Arts CommissionNational Endowment for the Arts

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1055 requests

 2009, Unsigned (Independent); Artist Management: Self-Managed,

Irene & Reed (indie rock/dark-tinged Americana) released its debut album, "Closer to Home," in March of 2010. Interweaving a raw American folk vibe with sultry blues/jazz vocals, a hint of pop sensibility and a playful blend of melodic rock, ragtime and classical piano, the album takes listeners on an emotional ride of aural storytelling. 
 
With music and lyrics inspired by vocalist Leslie Benson’s poetic works, Jason Reed Milner showcasing his skills on piano, organ, strings and guitar, and Milner’s brother, Brad, a former sound engineer from Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, TN, guest-performing on bass and percussion, the songwriters present a humble first-take glimpse of pure Midwestern culture. It’s about reclaiming the dreams you once had and remembering what you love most and the things that make you who you are — your home, your experiences and your family. 
 
PRESS REVIEWS:
 
“The sultry, haunting lounge sound comes naturally.” – Metromix
 
“A sonic playhouse for strong-willed love songs and dreams of better days.” – IndyStar.com
 
“Close-mic’ed, with a torch song flavor.” – NUVO Newsweekly
 
“Sultry with a classic edge … a mix between Sara Bareilles and Greta Garbo …Modern meets the Golden Age of Hollywood.” — Krista Detor, singer-songwriter
 
“With an antique ambiance, there’s an ‘old-time’ theme. By releasing their inner superheroes, these musicians have constructed a creative outlet through their songs. This is true art.” – Stereo Subversion
 
“For fans of dark-tinged Americana.” – IndianapolisMusic.net

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    All Your Tomorrows
     
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    Small Miracles
     
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    Crucified
     
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    In Your Arms
     
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    Wine & Whiskey
     
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    Don't Want to Sleep Alone
     
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    Good Medicine
     
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    Lose Myself
     
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    Someday
     
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    Melt Me
     
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    Fragile
     
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    Even with Closed Eyes
     

 
23 requests

 2013, Unsigned (Independent); Artist Management: Self-Managed,

"Struggle, Strength, Reclamation" was Irene & Reed's second full-length album, which was recorded at Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, TN, in 2013 but then unexpectedly shelved before it could be released due to the floods and various technical issues.

Performing on the album were Leslie Irene Benson (vocals), Jason Reed Milner (piano, organ), Eddie Venable (drums) and Eric Latham (bass guitar). The music was produced by Brad Milner of LEF TON Studios in Indianapolis, IN.

The sophomore album is a bittersweet reclamation of Benson's self-identity after surviving years of domestic violence. The album can be summed up in its lyrics.

“I am filled with love stories and inconsistence. I am a free spirit tied to indecision. I don’t come with instructions. I move in all directions. I may make bad decisions, but I’m on a mission.” 

"You can't break me."

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    Break Me - Demo
     
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    Hardened Hands - Demo
     
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    High Roller - Demo
     
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    Intuition - Demo
     
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    Mission - Demo
     
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    Not Supposed to Happen - Demo
     
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    Not Lonely Anymore - Demo
     
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    Pieces of the Girl - Demo
     
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    Purge - Demo
     
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    The Price of Love - Demo
     
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    The Swan - Demo
     
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    Tochter von Berlin - Demo
     
 
 
  • Soulful and original. Great stuff!
    by Jova on Jun 24, 2010
  • Cool sounds !!!
    by Daddy-O on Oct 19, 2009

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