Ivan and the Wolves
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Ivan and the Wolves

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"JusListen Review: Ivan and the Wolves"

Ivan and the Wolves are an alternative band from London with a sound that’s definitely different from what we normally cover on this site but good music(excluding country apologies) is the only requirement we have. With that said Ivan and The Wolves have a lot to offer fans in the states as they are slightly reminiscent of acts like The Who as there sound has a Seattle core to it(think Nirvana) but has several twists that will keep them distinct from what you’ve heard. Personally I think it’s a good break from the music and artists we ALWAYS hear, everyone wants to be different well support something different and give the band a real listen. You’re welcome in advance. - JusListen


"Ivan and the Wolves"

I must be getting jaded. I remember the days when I used to get angry at the mere thought of having to listen to yet another indie rock band. Now so many have passed through the portals at Bluesbunny Towers that I have to fight off indifference instead. Ivan and The Wolves - Nicko Varey, Jack D and Anders Christian - thankfully proved more interesting than most.

Why? Ivan and the Wolves add sparkle to their intelligent take on indie rock with a reverential nod to days gone by. They're not retro but you can see little flecks of musical influences everywhere. I could hear a hint of glam rock in "Killing Time" and mainstream British blues in "Two Ways". That kind of variety is no bad thing in my book and, with Mr Varey's suitably stylish and convincing approach to his vocals, the band's individuality gets clearly stamped on everything they do.

However, the crude production does them no favours losing much of the subtlety that should be this band's prized possession. Nonetheless, this is a very decent set of songs that suggest that this won't be the last we hear from this particular London trio.

4/5 - Bluesbunny Independent Music Reviews


"Ivan And The Wolves - Urban Bonfires"

Ivan And The Wolves are a wild rock trio out of Camden who make the sort of music you’d expect to hear from a school band. Apart from this is so much better.

Taking obvious influences from vintage rockers The Who and more modern day musicians like Muse and Foo Fighters, the band are a good style of heavy rock with lots of little twists in it. The EP begins with “SOS”- a catchy but heavy song and still reminiscent of summer all at once. The same could be said for the next two songs to follow, “Killing Time” and “Background Silhouette”

The album ends with “Two Ways” which is very reminiscent of Nirvana and similar artists with garage-y sounds in the guitars and a drawl in the lyrics.

Ivan And The Wolves are almost bound to be very popular in time with all the genres anyone could like mixed into one in a very subtle and clever manner. 7/10 - Tasty Fanzine


"Ivan & The Wolves"

A lot of turgid matter comes out of Camden nowadays, yet rampant rock trio Ivan & The Wolves might just outshine their alt-rock birthplace very quickly in the next few months.

Free of pretension and ostentation, the boys – Anders, Nick and Jack - make the sort of music you’d expect to drift through the walls from next door’s jamming session. Except tonight, it’s the best damn jamming session you ever heard.

Taking their influences from aging rock outfits (T Rex, The Who) as well as modern day stadium giants like Muse and Foo Fighters, the band create a mish-mash of heavy yet unavoidable rock music capable of chasing every soft indie-pop band out of your record collection.

Ivan’s debut EP Urban Bonfire is completely devoid of filler - delivering five unique soon-to-be anthems. SOS, Killing Time and Background Silhouette are catchy enough to tear through London this summer, while the ferocious guitars and vocals of Electric Dreams will leave you wanting so much more. Two Ways is achingly Nirvana; injecting some grimy garage guitars and drawling vocals into an otherwise sharply-produced EP.

Sexy, talented and effortlessly cool – Ivan & The Wolves are an act Simon Cowell could only dream of discovering. I suggest you get on this bandwagon very soon, before it takes off quickly with every sensible music fan on board. - ROCK 'N ROLLY


Discography

Single Releases 2011

Subdivisions: http://mysp.ac/jrOdDk
The Get Out Clause: http://mysp.ac/iiTbRx

Urban Bonfires - March 2010

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/63YgESNbzaXp4yngxrYa4N
Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/urban-bonfires/id372198121

Track Listing:
SOS: http://mysp.ac/jTx3gk
Killing Time: http://mysp.ac/kdIiiG
Background Silhouette: http://mysp.ac/lJbt7S
Electric Dreams: http://mysp.ac/ksnzAk
Two Ways: http://bit.ly/jYts15

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Ivan And The Wolves' soundscape is created by Nicko Varey's spearheading Brit rock guitars and haunting yet aggressive vocals, Matt Cooke's driving skins and deep drum beats, JD's pulsating melodic bass lines

Ivan And The Wolves melds together eras of the classic British rock core, from The Who to Supergrass and Muse, whilst subtly experimenting with their ever expanding musical in?uences from; Latin grooves, Spanish guitar, disco beats, melodic backing vocals and unconventional chord progressions, and creates an Alternative Brit-Rock sound

Ivan and the Wolves look to spearhead a new wave of guitar driven Brit rock and bring back honest, raw rock msic with pumping tunes! The band boasts a charming and energy filled live set that should not be missed...

The main thing, and only thing, is:

IF IT'S NOT LOUD, TURN IT OFF!