Birmingham quintet Ivory Wave releases their debut EP Dream Nights on 8 November, ahead of a UK tour which includes support for JAWS at Leeds’ The Wardrobe.
The band’s current single, Uptown, has earned them Track of the Week on Radio X, plus further plays at BBC Introducing and Radio 1. You can watch the video here.
The story includes the experience of spending every Sunday recovering from a hangover, with FIFA sessions on the Xbox as the only benefit. The football community approves, with adds to the Official Premier League playlist and Soccer AM’s New Music playlist.
Ivory Wave is obviously impressing the critics:
“Encapsulates everything that the Midlands is about – hope, aspirations and the gritty reality of youth.” – BBC Introducing
“Ivory Wave are ones to watch.” – Metro
“They’re going places, fast.” – This Feeling
Their style is one of exuberance, and indie swagger, with synths and beats which fill dancefloors and offer fans an escape and an opportunity to sing along, with lyrics which reveal an understanding of youth all across the country.
Dream Nights offers tracks with contrast – energetic, beat-filled tracks The Middle and Pale Moonlight, Weigh Me Down’s deep house piano keys and dynamic grooves and closing track Young Blood, a slow burner which gradually builds a wall of sound.
Frontman George Johnson says:
“Three years of work have been saturated down into 25 minutes of pure Ivory Wave. It’s time for people to pay attention – this is the best Birmingham has sounded for years”
It’s a confident statement from one of five longstanding friends, now in their early twenties, who amongst them have a range of influences – Bowie, Stone Roses, Oasis, Sex Pistols and Human League. They aspired to blend these into a sound with which their generation would connect. With a growing fan base, it seems they’ve succeeded.
The band’s members are: Connor McMinn(guitar), Luke Morris (bass), Seb Baldwin (drums) and Rob Clarke(synths).
15th – Shiiine On Weekender (main stage)
16th – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 (headline show – in association with This Feeling)
21st – Liverpool, Hanger 34 (supporting JAWS)
22nd – Edinburgh, The Mash House(supporting JAWS)
23rd – Newcastle, Riverside (supporting JAWS)
29th – Leeds, The Wardrobe(supporting JAWS)
30th – Coventry, The Empire (supporting JAWS)
Photograph provided by fearpr.
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