Immaterial Possession Embraces Their Dark Side

Moments where the darkness within you starts to shine, don’t put out that light. At least that’s what Athens, Ga. based band Immaterial Possession encourages.

Inspired by the theatrics and drama of the stage, Immaterial Possession is more than just your typical dark and mysterious rock band. They use music to tell a story about one’s innermost emotions, feelings most try to bottle away, and show the beauty within it all.

Immaterial Possession, “Tropical Still Life”

“[We] reached into the darker parts and the shadows to see what we’d find in there,” Madeline Polites (guitar/vox) tells BTRtoday about their music-making. “Plus, [we used] the constant inspiration of just being alive and how dramatic it is all the time.”

The four-piece released their self-titled debut LP at the end of last month via Cloud Recordings. The 11-track album sets an intriguingly eerie stage for their listeners right from track one—“Midnight Wander.” Its echoing yet robust vocals accompanied by heart-pounding and unique instrumentation takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride on par with the tale of star-crossed lovers.

It’s no surprise that Immaterial Possession is theatrical in their overall aesthetic. The band members are part of a theater troupe in Athens where they have a performance called “Peepa Show.” The show has dolled up clowns that look as if they came straight out of a 1920s act, dancing mannequins with bell peppers for brains, and giant paper mâché masks that resemble ancient Greek tragedy performances.

Immaterial Possession, “Midnight Wander”

The combination of their creative skills in theater and music creates a record that says, “to which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.”

Immaterial Possession is currently working on Super-8 filmed music video for “Bosphorus Brine,” which Polites says will include elaborate paper mâché masks and even some stop motion animation. Listen to the interview with Polites and Cooper Holmes (vox/bass) of Immaterial Possession and their debut self-titled album in its entirety on this week’s episode of The Music Meetup.