Formed in Hobart in 2008, Ivy St’s debut album, Picture Machine, was described as “Easily one of the finest local debuts of the year” (Polaroids of Androids), while writing in The Monthly, Robert Forster described the band as “…very 1981, with bludgeoning bass and hysterical vocals, but it is powerful and confident and melodically well grounded.” The band released the seven-inch single Oh Their Faces/Talk to Strangers in early 2010, followed by an east-coast tour with The Stabs. The band released the seven-inch single Oh Their Faces/Talk to Strangers in early 2010, followed by an east-coast tour with The Stabs. After dispersing to different corners of the globe for about a year, band members Thomas Hyland (guitar/vox), Chris Campbell (drums) and Patrick Hatch (bass) slowly shifted to Melbourne in 2011 and started work on their second album, Courting. The first single, Ten Ounces in the Sticks, is a departure from the Wire-meets-Scientists swamp post-punk of their 2009 debut Picture Machine. Set over a fragile, looping two-chord riff, Ten Ounces paints an anxiety laden landscape of constant self doubt. It’s a shameful expatriate confession. The single is out August 22, 2013.
We've picked Hobart's Ivy St to take the stage at the 2009/10 Falls Festival in Marion Bay in Tasmania.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music is quite simply the three of us trying to entertain and impress ourselves. We did have maybe one conversation about 'what we want to sound like' before we really started but mostly our songs come out of long winded jams and improvisation sessions. In our early existance we drew alot from a now defunct Hobart band called 'The Bad Luck Charms'. They were a straight three piece band and didn't try to be anything more. It was a good model for us to start with. Since then, I guess we've tried to write with as much contempt for a 'sound' as possible, so long as it resembles something we'd like to listen to.
What can the Falls audience expect from you live show?
Well whilst we've toured a fair bit over the past year, we've never played any outdoor festivals so whether we know what the fuck we're doing or not, it'll be good. I suppose people should expect just what we do in all our other shows. Thomas will break a string and Patrick and Chris will lock into the correct rhythm.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Falls?
Perhaps Andrew Bird. I loved 'The Mysterious Production of Eggs' and 'Armchair ....' and have never seem him live. I did think the Yeah Yeah Yeah's first 2 albums were ok but haven't really had much to do with them in recent times. Wolfmother I will certainly avoid.
What’s coming up in the future?
Well just a few days after the Falls we'll be recording a couple of new songs for a 7" we'll look to get out a tour with next year. It looks like we'll be going up the east coast with the Stabs, who are a fucking great band. Other than that we've a few shows in Hobart and another at the SummerTones Festival in Melbourne.
Australian music is?
I'm not sure I can really give a great a great answere here. Personally I would like to think of Australian music by the smaller scenes that exist inside it. The culture of underground music; bands, pubs and DIY venues, is very inspiring when its allowed to exist. Australian music isn't just the music that reaches the furthers across its borders.View Profile Hide Interview