Ivory Wave have just released the official video for ‘Weigh Me Down’ in the lead up to their debut EP, out this week. ‘Weigh Me Down’ is an instantly contagious and energetic Hacienda-inspired hit that showcases vocalist George Johnson’s confrontational and distinctive sound.
The Birmingham quintet have already established a reputation as local heroes. Their exuberant, party-starting mix of swaggering indie attitude, dancefloor-filling beats and glistening synths inspires chaotic scenes wherever they go. Their songs speak of the experiences of youth across the country, but their gigs offer pure escapism with a sea of fans singing along as smoke-bombs amplify the hedonistic vibe.
“Three years of work have been saturated down into 25 minutes of pure Ivory Wave”, says frontman George Johnson. “It’s time for people to pay attention - this is the best Birmingham has sounded for years. ‘Weigh Me Down’ was written after a period of stagnation in the band. We didn’t seem to be getting any further and people didn’t seem to care about the music we were writing. The song is about standing up for what you believe in and shouting to everyone, look at us.”
The band - completed by Connor McMin (guitar),Luke Morris(bass), Seb Baldwin (drums) and Rob Clarke(synths) - have developed a growing but devoted fanbase with a string of independently released tracks as well as gigs with the likes of the DMA’S and The Twang. It’s a grassroots approach which has further flourished through festivals including the Isle of Wight, Truck and Y Not.
The dates are:
15th - Shiiine On Weekender(main stage)
16th - Birmingham, O2 Institute 2(headline show - in association with This Feeling)
21st - Liverpool, Hanger 34 (supportingJAWS)
22nd - Edinburgh, The Mash House(supportingJAWS)
23rd - Newcastle, Riverside (supportingJAWS)
29th - Leeds, The Wardrobe(supporting JAWS)
30th - Coventry, The Empire (supportingJAWS)