Formed by lead singer and song-writer Luke Roes, the alt-pop band from London, Ontario, Ivory Hours have been climbing their way up into the music universe since their formation in 2012.
“Most of our songs revolve around relationships and heartbreak. That’s what seems to come out for our music,” said Luke Roes. “The pop format we’re working on right now demands that the lyrics are pretty concise. So we’ve been trying to deliver little snapshots that hint at larger stories.” Some of their influences include: Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Arcade Fire.
When Chris and Tom joined the band a few years ago, Roes was still heavily involved with a folk like finger-picking kind of style of music. “They’re both such talented players that it’s allowed me to dial back on my own playing to focus more on melody and guitar singing. Since then, our sound has morphed into a more high energy, indie-pop sounds and we are pleased to have that in our music,”
In the bands three year existence, they’ve managed to release their EP Mary, their full-length debut album Morning Light which was released earlier this summer and the band’s latest single “Warpaint”.
Before they achieved these accomplishments, Roes admitted that they faced some obstacles along the way. “One of our biggest challenges has been balancing business with artistry (since we’re a completely independent project). If you focus too much on songs you miss opportunities. If you focus too much on management you forget why got into the industry in the first place,”
With some music success under their belt, the focus now for Ivory Hours is the Next Big Thing finals on the 21st. They are ready for the task and prepared for the outcome regardless if they win or lose. “We don’t presume anything, but I think we have a lot to offer with the release of our new record. We’ll have to wait and what happens next weekend. That, mixed with all the late night gigs we’ve played, has pushed us in a more upbeat direction,” said Roes.
Ivory Hours have been feeling a lot of forward motion with their music and believe they’re ready for a big push.
For more information, go to: http://www.ivoryhours.com/
Luke Roes (vocals/guitar)
Chris Levesque (bass)
Thomas Perquin (drums)