As a 16-year old on the Gold Coast, there’s little stress as to planning out your future. At that age, I had no desire to achieve anything other than to see how often I could successfully skip classes. Ivey is made up of two high school graduates and two who still burn the midnight oil with maths and history studies. And as you will see, Ivey have their heads screwed on better than most kids their age. Taking the time out of their recent touring buzz, the young locals sat down with Jake Wilton to introduce themselves to Blank GC’s readers.
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By day, the young Ivey crew work part-time jobs or singe the hours away studying; by night the band induce their sultry indie pop to ticket holders at British India, Art of Sleeping and even, ahem, Cold Chisel (playing the same stage as them later that day for the V8 Supercars opening ceremony) gigs.
“We just tried to play any gigs we could this year,” stated singer, and youngest member of Ivey, Millie Perks.
The pay off? Playing to the biggest crowds Ivey had before them and overcoming the burden of stage presence – a fear known by too many Gold Coast acts.
“At our shows last year we did not move. Especially Millie and Dante they were frozen on stage,” laughed Lachie.
Ivey have come to notice a significant change in patron size and audience appreciation at recent shows, particularly since the release of their latest single, Smell of Smoke. That live give-and-take between musicians and crowd couldn’t exist without participation on the d-floor.
“Feeding off the energy the crowd gives is really important now more than ever since the crowds are growing,” said Matt.
The live barrier isn’t the only hurdle the band has had to overcome during their time on the scene. Having two core members being under the legal age to drink or even enter a licensed venue has put minor pressure on where they can perform.
“It sucks so much,” curses Millie. “We just played with the Belligerents and Art of Sleeping and Matt [McGuffie, drums] and I had to leave while Lachie and Dante could stay, meet the bands and have a good night.”
“We’ve been told before that we couldn’t play a venue because of age. That’s wrong, because we can. It’s legal as it’s considered as work,” notes Lachie.
Lachlan McGuffie, the group’s co-frontman and guitarist, along with bassist Dante Martin both left high school last year leaving nothing but spare time to push Ivey out to the already over-saturated indie-pop universe.
“I write the lyrics and chords,” said Lachie.
“Then it all comes together through all of our input. We’re like the English teachers coming to fix up the final draft,” laughs Dante.
For a band as young as Ivey with their roots just starting to take hold with a defined sound emerging, it’s utterly captivating for both myself as a listener, and the group themselves. The group’s overall sound dynamic, along with their own personal development will grow in sync, particularly when you consider their youthfulness.
“If you listen to Crowns, our first single, my voice is so high pitched; same with Lachie’s. It’s just amazing how it changes so quickly and that we’ve been able to witness it in our own recordings,” said Millie.
Like the sun setting in the evening sky, my chat with Ivey has coming to halt. Being the time of year with “best of…” lists a-plenty, I asked the group for each of their most sought after albums of 2015. Of course, it isn’t a 2015 list without…
“To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar,” interjects Matt.
“[sighs] I should have said that. Okay, I’ll go with Wellness by Last Dinosaurs,” adds Dante.
“The Positions by Gang of Youths. That’s a cracker album,” said Lachie.
“I don’t keep up with new music as much as these guys but I will say Speakerzoid from the Jungle Giants,” said Millie.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, it seems that Ivey stand by their influences.