In June, Alt-rockers Ivory Hours entered a new era with the release of their sophomore full-length album Dreamworld – which cracked the campus radio Top 50 chart this month – and they’ll be performing in Kingston on September 21st.
Many will recognize the band from their radio debut, Warpaint, which was released in 2015 and helped the band win The Edge’s Next Big Thing contest that summer.
Later that year they also won the Canada’s Walk Of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, and placed fourth in CBC’s Searchlight competition. They’ve also just made their way into the Top 10 for the JUNO Master Class.
In August, the group released the music video (below) for the album’s lead single, Shadow Kids, which premiered on Indie88.
In the video, a young woman (played by Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen) is visited by a character from her dreams. The character inspires her to rise above her self-doubt and fear to challenge the role she’s been handed by society. As the two intertwine, she learns that the visitor is just a liberated version of herself. By resisting the force of the outside world she is free to determine her own fate.
In a release, Ivory Hours frontman Luke Roes commented, “Our society has come a long way in providing equal rights for women, but some of that success has been superficial. Shadow Kids is about identifying the less visible aspects of sexism, and gaining the confidence to rise above them. We still indirectly condition young girls with homemaking toys and statements like ‘take it like a man’, while using femininity as a derogatory term. Women are constantly subjected to men’s sense of sexual entitlement with verbal and physical harassment that many still consider ‘innocent’. Don’t let these people determine your sense of self-worth. Don’t be afraid to fight back. It might make you unpopular, but you won’t be alone.”
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Fusing alternative rock with a modern pop aesthetic, Toronto’s Ivory Hours is a group defined by their resistance to convention – their melodies are massive but ethereal; their anthems soaring, yet intimate.
Formed in 2012 by songwriter, Luke Roes, the band’s sound has come full circle, building on their 2015 debut album, Morning Light, and commercial radio debut, Warpaint. Dreamworld juxtaposes synthesizers and monolithic hooks with walls of guitar and fuzzed out bass.
Learn more about Ivory Hours at ivoryhours.com
Ivory Hours Upcoming Tour Dates:
September 14 – London, ON – Rum Runners
September 15 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best Theatre
September 16 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli
September 21 – Kingston, ON – The Brooklyn
September 22 – Ottawa, ON – LIVE on Elgin
September 23 – Saint Catharines, ON – Warehouse
September 28 – Guelph, ON – eBar
September 29 Hamilton, ON – Mill’s Hardware
September 30 – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
October 5 – Winnipeg, MB – Handsome Daughter
October 6 – Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol
October 7 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
October 10 – Nelson, BC – The Royal Baker
October 12 – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
October 13 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
October 14 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
October 15 – Victoria, BC – Copper Owl
Release source: Indoor Recess Inc.