Kirra is a hard rock band based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with a strong emphasis on the word “Rock” meaning “Straight up and raw” as guitarist Daxton Page puts it when referring to their new upcoming debut album titled “Run Away.” Some of the bands influences range from Chevelle, Tool, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, or simply stated, “Rock Music” in general.
The band was created when guitarist Daxton Page left a rock school program and was interested in starting a band. “Through friends of friends, I met Zach. We jammed a few times playing cover songs like “Chop Suey” by S.O.A.D, but we were looking for a full band. After a few weeks of searching on Craigslist, Ryne answered our ad and told us he could play bass and he also had a friend, Jesse, who could sing and play guitar. During our first practice together we went through a few covers. Then, Jesse throughout the idea of improvising something. I had a chord progression that was in my head for about a week. By the end of our first rehearsal, we wrote the song “Drown” off our first EP.”
The EP “Sounds from an Empty Room” which was released digitally in 2014, included the song entitled “Downfall” that immediately grabbed the attention of internet radio and social media fans worldwide. Shortly after, the band decided to continue writing for an album as lead singer Jesse Williamson recalls. “At the beginning we were just writing all the time, we would write a song, practice it, throw some ideas for a new song, next practice we would work out the new song, practice, and this cycle happened about 2 weeks in a row. We wrote and continue to write as often as we can, whether it’s riffs, chorus idea, breakdown, etc. After the EP did so well, we had these extra songs for a while and we figured we should combine them for a full length record.”
The band’s first full-length release, “Run Away” released in 2015 and remastered by ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan in 2016, has a little of everything in it lyrically, but more specific is the statement they wanted to make musically. “We wanted to make a statement about overuse of production in the music”, Daxton mentions. “We didn’t use any click-tracks, and wanted to make this as stripped down and personal as we possibly could. There’s a bit of everything musically on the album, and I feel “Run Away” album is a direct reflection of where we were musically and personally at that time in our lives.”
Kirra’s first live performance show was opening for a friend’s cover band, and after grinding it out on the road, they found themselves being invited to open for such acts as 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Nonpoint, Sons of Texas, Saving Able, Puddle of Mudd, & Smile Empty Soul. “The fans have always been great to us. Its great to know that there are still fans of rock music out there. We are just 4 guys who love making music together, there truly is no greater feeling than writing a piece of music that you put everything into, and seeing a crowd respond to that. It’s a gamble, you’re putting a personal side of yourself out there. You never know how people will react, but in the end, we are doing this for the love we have for music.”