They say good things happen to those who wait. There can be no more fitting an example of this than Manchester outfit, Alive In Theory.
Comprising the multitalented songwriter, Kirsty Mac, and the equally deft multi-instrumentalist Paul Ayre, together the pair lay claim to a decade-spanning musical partnership that has developed from humble, albeit innovative roots, to something rather special indeed.
Mac’s roots lie in the North West, currently residing in Greater Manchester and hailing from the Manc-Merseyside hinterland. In contrast, Ayre’s inaugural stomping grounds were in the North East, Newcastle to be specific. By all accounts we should all be glad the twain did meet following the latter’s relocation, kick-starting a professional relationship born of a chance encounter in what may, or may not, be England’s second city.
Catching Ayre performing in a small bar, Mac was so impressed she immediately asked him if he wrote his own tracks. Answering with a confident ‘Yes’, the two were soon penning lyrics and arrangements together, and playing their part in a number of progressive rock bands- a vastly different world from the one they now inhabit, nevertheless this sound is indicative of their desire to think beyond the obvious sonic solutions to any aural problem.
Skipping forward a few years, with illness restricting those in between, and Alive In Theory was finally born from that meeting of minds. Soon Team Mac-Ayre were in Liverpool’s famous Parr Street studio, collaborating with acclaimed engineer and producer, Tony Draper, and beginning to lay the groundwork for their debut album. Abandon is now complete and due for release early 2017.
Born of myriad influences- from Kate Bush, Muse, Peter Gabriel and Radiohead, to jazz and classical, Bat For Lashes, Sia, Lana Del Rey- with a shared appreciation for the legendary John Grant; the result is an alternative pop overture that’s as delicate as it is powerful, as introspective as it is upfront, and as infectious as any of the aforementioned chart toppers.
Needless to say, then, if it takes time to develop real pedigree, consider all this time well spent.