SIRR is the artist name for songwriter Mark O'Connor of Rothesay, N.B.. SIRR's music occupies a unique intersection of pop, hip/hop (or spoken word) and electronica. The music's been compared to both Buck 65 and Cake.
The intent is dead simple - create something very original, but something catchy and accessible. Every song should be very different, the lesson The Beatles taught everyone who enjoys popular music.
The songs are written in just about every way imaginable, but SIRR has increasingly been using loops with creative commons licences, sometimes percussion loops, other times guitar figures or bass phrases, and then creating lyrics and melodies from that along with adding other musical ornamentation in order to create something distinctive. Musician friends like Mark and Steve Hill and Paul Healey, amongst others, lend their talents to various songs.
The songs range from wide eyed optimism to brooding pessimism, covering musical styles from vaudeville tinged tunes about aging gigolos advertising their services to dark electronic explorations raging at pedophilia, to more light pop oriented fare, dream poetry and 50's tinged, mariachi flecked concoctions, and everything in between. The writing alternates from alarming directness to more elliptical approaches, and while some of the material is dark a sense of humour is never too far from reach. This isn't confessional songwriting emoting about SIRR's hungers and heartaches, but a more fictional approach where the watchwords are imagination and creativity.