After a long string of single releases, EP releases and constantly swinging around the live performance circuit, The Ivory Lies are pleased to announce the release of their self-titled debut album.
The band has gone through quite a lot in the past year, like the interruption that the pandemic brought in its wake. But this was no comparison to the transformation that they went through, including a lineup change and name change to the name you now know and love! As a testament to the strength they’ve gained, the band have continued to power through live gigs and have shared the stage with some of Perth’s most prominent rock bands both locally and regionally as well as international acts like Radio Moscow (USA) and 1000Mods (Greece). Some notable stages they’ve conquered include Germanium Daze Festival, Livid Festival and Return to the Surface Festival.
What is the best thing that has come out of this pandemic for the band?
Well, it gave us extra time to work in the studio and not feel overly rushed on recording and mixing the tracks. We’re really happy how the album turned out and the fact that we’ve managed to book a mini launch tour to maximum capacity venues is really awesome. So, I think we made the best out of a bad situation, that’s for sure!
What's it like supporting international bands? Is there a different energy brought to those shows compared to your usual fan base?
Liam: International gigs are a distant memory these days unfortunately but when you play one, you’ve really gotta bring it! The muso’s in those bands are masters of their craft who normally bring new fans to watch so we try and bring a big game and win over as many people as we can and have a good time! Best support gig was with Radio Moscow, they’re a great bunch of lads plus we had kickons at mine that night which was one of the loosest nights in The Ivory Lies history haha.
‘The Ivory Lies’ album was recorded throughout 2020 at Pavement Studios and includes 10 original songs that date back to the very beginning of the band and all the way through to present day. It showcases the “booming riffs, soaring guitar solos, anthemic vocals and a thundering rhythm section best served LOUD!”
Tell us a little bit more about the recording process. Any magic moments in the studio that now defines the album for you?
Oscar: We were super excited to start recording and excited to be working with a new producer for us in Lance Robinson down at Pavement Studios. We came in pretty confident with our songs but Lance really added different parts here and there and ended up becoming our very own George Martin so to speak and the fifth member of the band.
Liam: So many magical moments happened…the track titled 'Out of the Light' was a jam session between Lance and I, we were heavily medicated shall we say and executed exactly what we were thinking which is a trippy, psychedelic prelude to our main track 'Shadows'. Lead single 'Hell For Leather' was originally nearly 8 minutes long…we went to town on that one cutting out verses and riffs and added a new vocal outro which makes it sound a lot more punchy.
Oscar: We still managed to keep Liam’s two minute guitar solo in that song tho haha which I think is world class and really adds to the epicness of the song. Pretty much every track features an idea spawned from the studio with Lance which makes it more special for us listening back now.
Liam: 'Shadows' for me was the dark horse out of the bunch. We added a bridge part with cool chord progression to create a well rounded song which turns out to be a journey of riffs as well as the lyrics being a nod to mental health.
The band is given an elephant. What do you do with it and what's its name?
Oscar: Name is definitely Stampy ala The Simpsons and he or she could be our security guard haha
To celebrate the release of their debut album, The Ivory Lies have organised three launch parties across some of Perth’s most popular venues throughout July and August, all the while being supported with some up and coming artists as well. You can catch them at Mojos Fremantle on Thursday August 19 and The Aardvark on Friday 17 September! For more details click here.
Make sure to give the self-titled album ‘The Ivory Lies’ a listen below!
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