Ivy Nations, an indie-pop quartet from Dublin who are setting the dance rock world on fire, have just released the video for their single ‘Live By Design‘. Ivy Nations have been added to various Irish festivals this year with Sea Sessions, Indiependence and YouBloom announced so far We caught up with guitarist Brian Sinnott ahead of their own headline show at the Grand Social on 22 June 2017:
How would you describe your style to someone who has never heard your music?
New wave 80’s with a hint of modernism
How did you guys form Ivy Nations?
We formed in stages really. Darragh and I (Brian) have been mates since we were kids. We’d always played guitar together messing about at house parties and the likes. In and around 2011, when we both returned home from separate stints in the States, we got together and decided to write a few songs with no real agenda. It wasn’t really until we got Joe on board in 2012 that the band started to take shape. We’ve been going at pretty hard since then!
What is Live By Design about?
It was inspired by some themes present in Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’ and Godfrey Regio’s experimental film ‘Koyaanisqatsi.’
The song deals with frustration surrounding the discourses and structures that tend to hold us back. It’s more a collection of thoughts and ideas – rather than one coherent narrative -that are knitted together.
Who came up with the video concept?
Our director Benn Veasey came up with the idea for the video, his interpretation of the lyrics etc, but during the process it felt like a really colloborative effort. All in all it was a great experience working with Ben and his team (Blacktooth Productions)
Walk us through your songwriting technique:
There isn’t a specific template we use for songwriting. It’s always throwing up surprises every time we sit down. For instance, we could sit down and write a song in one session, be absolutely delighted with it and move on. Or we could get into the real nitty gritty bits of a song and spend weeks/months crafting it to what we want it to be!
What so far has been the highlight of your careers?
Playing our first show in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. It’s such a historic venue and has been a bucket list gig since the start
What was the low-light?
Where to start? Being in a band really does have it’s ups and downs. Hard to pick a specific low light, of which there has definitely been a few. Most important thing for a band though is to stick with each other during those low points, and ensure you come out of them stronger than before
Who has been the biggest influence on your careers so far?
Our families & friends. They give you the courage to keep going.
What in your mind is the greatest problem with the music industry these days?
Saturation. While there are so many wonderful artists out there, we are being somewhat overwhelmed by choice. There is such a thing as too much choice!
What is your favourite thing about live shows?
It’s a bespoke experience each time, no two shows are ever the same.
What can people expect to see at your show in the Grand Social?
Dark energy with a twist of light.
What is your pre-gig ritual?
I like to try and relax before a gig. One or two (never more) slow pints is always a sure fire way of getting me gig ready
What is the best gig you have ever attended as a fan?
Many to choose from. Me personally would probably be Air in the Olympia Theatre in 2010. I was blown away by the sound two guys could make!
What is your biggest musical regret?
Not starting early enough
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Again, it’s a personal thing, but I’d love to work with Kelcey Ayer (Local Natives). I’m a massive fan and they seem to make the creative process look so damn easy.
What genre of music do you “not get”?
More than I’d care to admit….
What is the biggest lie you have ever read about yourselves?
No lies yet thankfully, isn’t it sad to hear such a question!
What is more important, critical success or chart success?
They are both equally important in my view. Obviously wanting to do music for a living means you need to be able to rely on your music financially. But most musicians I know also crave acceptance from other musos
Do you read your reviews?
Only the bad ones.
If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?
What was the first album you bought?
Describe Ivy Nations in 3 words:
Exciting, energetic & dark
What is next for you?
A new single to follow up Live By Design will be out later in the summer. We also have lots of shows this summer including our own headline gig in the Grand social on June
The Grand Social Dublin, Thursday June 22nd
Tickets €10.00 including booking fee on sale now from Ticketmaster
Doors 7.00pm | Over 18s | ID Required