Hot on the heels of their summer jam Scream, which was added to full rotation on triple j, Gold Coast indie-pop lovers Ivey have today released their new single Valentine. The track premiered this week on triple j’s Good Nights.
The Valentine’s Day release is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP due later this year, and sees them continuing their successful partnership with prolific producer Konstantin Kersting (Tones & I / Body Type).
Songwriter Lachlan McGuffie had this to say about the song: “Valentine comes from the darker side of a broken relationship. It echoes a toxic time in which I wanted more out of a relationship than the other person did, and in turn it drove us both to be completely irrational, insecure and vicious. The culmination of it all was around Valentine’s Day three years ago, hence the reference”.
Stream the new single Valentine HERE
Fresh from selling out their hometown Gold Coast shows, Ivey are hitting the road right now, having kicked things off in Melbourne last night with Sydney and Brisbane to follow.
The very first roots of Ivey can be traced back to brothers Lachlan (Guitar / Vocals) and Matt McGuffie (Drums) learning to play guitar and drums alongside their next-door neighbour Dante Martin (Bass) in 2006. The teenaged trio found their platform by performing at events like their parents’ parties. In fact, it was in 2012 at yet another family gathering that Millie Perks (Vocals) was asked by her encouraging, albeit tipsy relatives to play guitar and sing alongside them at midnight. Afterwards, Lachie hesitantly asked Millie, who was only 12 at the time, if she would like to join the then-trio to sing for the band.
The group found themselves writing their very first original tracks and sharing their first song in 2014, with all members still in high school and under the age of 18. From here, the band hustled their way through adolescence and the music industry, playing shows, navigating their personal lives and attending school.
Still in their formative years, and off the back of strong single releases, Ivey found themselves supporting acts like Middle Kids, Ruby Fields, Confidence Man, Ocean Alley and Tiny Little Houses, all while the love from triple j and triple j Unearthed continued to grow.
Ivey’s sophomore EP, ‘Gorgeous’, was recorded with renowned producer Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, The Jungle Giants, Tia Gostelow). The EP’s second single, Won’t Be was picked up by iconic French Label Kitsuné, which saw the release charting in iTunes Charts all over the world, including Australia, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Thailand and France.
Ivey have had a whirlwind last six months, performing to a capacity crowd at Byron Bay Falls Festival’s Jack Daniels Barrel House Stage, winning the triple j Unearthed slot for The Drop festival in Coolangatta, scoring a spot as triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, and having their recent single Scream added to high rotation on triple j. Ivey also recently announced their signing to UK tastemaker label Lucky Number, joining the likes of Hinds, Dream Wife, (Sandy) Alex G and Sunflower Bean.
Ivey showcase a collaborative song writing approach, often lyrically delving into themes of love, sex and the mind. Crediting one of their major influences as the dreaming contrast of the Gold Coast, where they continue to rehearse, record and write music, the Ivey journey has been an eventful one so far, and promises to continue on that trend with new music out this year.
THE LOVERS TOUR DATES – Get Tickets HERE
Friday 14th February – Gaytimes, Gembrook, VIC
Saturday 15th February – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney
Sydney Friday 21st February – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
With thanks to Habit Music Company