Ivory Drive

Ivory Drive

 Boulder, Colorado, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Ivory Drive’s music might be called Alternative Rock, but that leaves a lot unsaid. With a combination of piano, organ, drums, bass, trumpet, and sax, their unique sound is a savory stew of rock and jazz, flavored with blues, world, folk, and even bits of classical. No two songs sound alike.

Biography

Distinctive Alternative Rock

Not too long ago, a band of conservatory-educated musicians carrying piano,
organ, trumpet, saxophone, bass, and drums into a rock club would have seemed
out of place. In a scene polluted with distortion and three-chord forms, Ivory
Drive’s amalgamation of jazz, folk, blues, world, and even classical might have been
labeled unconventional or non-mainstream. Yet from the downbeat, Ivory Drive’s
music is clearly and unmistakably rock ‘n‘ roll.

With high energy tunes and creative arrangements, Ivory Drive’s ?ve musicians
produce songs that are fresh and original with an audience pleasing variety. Ivory
Drive was started in Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 2007 by Van Wampler on
keyboards and vocals, Wes Barton on drums, Sean Whissen on bass, Geoff Boux
on saxophone, and Colton Crandell on trumpet. The band’s creative group process
of arranging songs and showcasing the individual talents of each band member has
given rise to the fresh sound that is Ivory Drive.

The reaction of fans con?rms that this is a band to watch. Their music receives
descriptions such as "moving," "lyrical," "exceptional", and of course "unique."
The eclectic sound appeals to almost everyone who hears them - all age groups
enjoy Ivory Drive’s music.

Lyrics

Breath of the Victory March

Written By: Ivory Drive

Breath of the Victory March
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Simple to take a step with thee
Forward then, and on your knees
Everyone take a look at the stars
Simple to take a single stride
Toward then and bow down with pride
On your shoulders
Reaching for the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars

Another step and a march begins
Moving then and we all will win
Everyone sees the third step not so far
Another stride in time with all
The drums will drive this past the wall
Of stubborn standards staring from so far
Everyone sees this march could take us far

Lighting torches, grabbing swords and knives
Guns and shells would soon arrive
The only thing that’s scarce is victory
Hail to the champion of
Victory of war, not love
Look for the white flag waving for victory

Victory is what is sought
Vision goes past what is fought
Vows that rows of people have died for
Victory to continue through
The different ways to get to you
Is what they go to all this trouble for
Is the way they go worth dying for?

Another simple step with thee
We, the people, on our knees
Marching, yet, a path with ways to war
Something in the stride we lend
Is possibly finally different
Maybe come a fork, we’ll veer from war
Or march down the glory path to war

Lighting torches, grabbing swords and knives
Guns and shells would soon arrive
The only thing that’s scarce is victory
Hail to the champion of
Victory of war, not love
Look for the white flag waving for victory
Victory

Simple to take a step with thee
Forward then, and on your knees
Everyone take a look at the stars
Simple to take a single stride
Toward then and bow down with pride
On your shoulders
Reaching for the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone take a look at the stars
Everyone needs to stop
Everyone needs to stop and take a look at the stars

Otherwise Pretend

Written By: Ivory Drive

Otherwise Pretend
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Hey there pretty girl
I think I just saw you smile
I haven’t seen ya do that in a while

Look at you, you are just right
So put that smile back on your face
Otherwise I’d say it’s a simple disgrace

Drive away now here we go
Remember when I first said hello
Drive away now here we go again, again

Hey there pretty girl
I know that things were wrong
Well now I’m singin’ a completely different song

Drive away now take a break
But don’t forget what is at stake
I know that I am such a flake
Pretend, pretend

Hey there pretty girl
You know I know what I can become
You know I want a place I can be from

Why do you look forward?
And why do I always look behind?
I guess I have a different frame of mind

Hey there pretty girl
I think I just saw you smile
I haven’t seen ya do that in a while

In the Shadows of Sirens

Written By: Ivory Drive

In the Shadows of Sirens
Lyrics ©2009 Van Wampler

Travel to the land of the faithful
Where sand meets sea, and wave meets stone
On the wind then you must travel
Beyond the line that is unknown

Past the rocks where ships will shatter
Around the island of the found
Through the hopes and dreams that shatter
On the cold and icy ground

We sold our souls
With no fear

Down the lane of look and listen
Up the cliffs of dare and pain
Over the mountains as they glisten
Away from sirens as they wane

We sold our souls
With no fear

Travel to the land of the faithful
Where sand meets sea, and wave meets stone
On the wind then you must travel
Beyond the line that is unknown

Past the rocks where ships will shatter
Around the island of the found
Through the hopes and dreams that shatter
On the cold and icy ground

We sold our souls

The Factory Machine

Written By: Ivory Drive

THE FACTORY MACHINE
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Not so far from here
Yet not so very near
Is a rattling piece of steel and brick machine
A factory, now made of rust
Making things that gather dust
Not a soul will use them, it would seem

Turning wheels and grinding gears
Manufacture bits of fears
That gather in a pile outside the door
Odd contraptions with little parts,
Trinkets that wind up to start,
The Factory Machine keeps building more

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark

An empty city far away
The machine is there to stay
Remembering when its rust had yet to come
Turning out its little toys
For non-existent girls and boys
Thinking back to days when it was young

Newer things caught their attention
Then they left without a mention
Of times they’d used the older things for fun
The Factory Machine would try
To keep the people by its side
But off into the distance they would run

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark

It cries for help constantly,
A little boy hears suddenly
Echoes sound like whispers from so far
Maybe the boy will turn around
And tell the people what he’s found
Or let the machine know where they are

What a shame, but who’s to blame?
Ever since this new stuff came
Nobody knows the machine still goes on all the same
It’s left its mark, falling apart
It has worked from the start
Nobody knows the machine still goes on in the dark

This Place We're In

Written By: Ivory Drive

THIS PLACE WE’RE IN
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Look at us here
Look in the mirror
The long and turning path we’ve come along

Feel where we are
We’ve come so far
Look at all the things we’ve overcome

And I ask
How is it here, how are you here?
Sense the power that we have my dear
We go into the best part strong
And
How does this feel, how do you feel?
Can you believe the place we’re in is real?
And the road keeps going on

Look at me now
Remember how
We’ve spent these years together as one

And take my hand
We understand
That we’re together in the world never alone

And I ask
How is it here, how are you here?
Sense the power that we have my dear
We go into the best part strong
And
How does this feel, how do you feel?
Can you believe the place we’re in is real?
And the road keeps going on

Hide and Seek

Written By: Ivory Drive

HIDE AND SEEK
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Count to ten, and close your eyes
Time goes by, continues by
Open them, and I am gone
Time goes on, continues on

When you come to look for me
What do you see? Tell me what you see
Turn around and count again
A moment then, I will come to you then

What will you find?
When nothing is showing,
And time keeps on flowing
There’s no way to hide
The past keeps on growing,
The future is going
You hide

I still find how sweet you are
From this far, even from this far
I receive the love you send
‘til the end, in my heart ‘til the end

When I hear your heart pounding
Love has wings, I send it there on wings
On its wings to you it goes
Love will grow, our love will always grow

I still find the love within
Where we’ve been, it is everywhere we’ve been
When I hide you know where to go
You will know, you will always know

You’ll always find where I hide
Time goes by, continues by
And I will never be gone
Time goes on, continues on

What will you find?
When nothing is showing,
And time keeps on flowing
There’s no way to hide
The past keeps on growing,
The future is going
You hide
What will you find?

Glory Faded

Written By: Ivory Drive

Sitting at an empty table
Empty room to tell a fable
No one hears the darkest part
They are not here, and are unable

Glory Faded, blinds are closed
Spears of light reveal the holes
Empty room, a still reminder
Those who shouted unopposed

The ashes rise up in glory
Tell us a story
That we’ll never hear
Our malice comes up behind us
Bounds us and binds us
Never disappears

Hidden message must exist
In memory remains a list
Time will hide the darkest part
The lonely aspect we dismiss

Footsteps echo, empty hall
Want to find it, don’t we all
Empty hall, a lost reminder
Echoes from a past war call

The ashes rise up in glory
Tell us a story
That we’ll never hear
Our malice comes up behind us
Bounds us and binds us
Never disappears

Lyrics Copyright 2009 - Van Wampler

Carry the One

Written By: Ivory Drive

CARRY THE ONE
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on

Why,
Why is it that we grow so tired?
We care
Who do we wait for to tell us what’s desired?
What,
What is it that condemns us to this way?
Or who are they?
Who knows?
That’s why we declare that

We don’t have to wait for the world
We don’t have to wait for the world

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on

If,
If we were to take up all these ropes
We could
Tow her along towards our dreams and our hopes
And,
And out of any dangerous path
So do the math
Maybe we’ll arrive where the great ones stood

We don’t have to wait for the world
We don’t have to wait for the world

Wait here ‘til the sun comes on
No matter if it’s dusk or dawn
Stay here: we’re in danger
Today we’ll have to carry her

Steer her the right way to shore
Follow the light of the sun
Steer clear the might of the storm
Today we must carry the one
‘til the sun comes on

Chance for the World

Written By: Ivory Drive

CHANCE FOR THE WORLD
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

Take a better look, not a lot to say
Just a price to pay, a little price to pay
Take a better look, take a look around
So much to be found, a lot to be found

I want to get away, I want to have some fun
Want to be someone, I’m going to be someone
Want to get away, got a difference to make
I’ve got a chance to take, I’ve got a chance to take

I’ve got a chance to take for the world
I want to give to the world
Give a little piece of my world to the world
Give everyone a piece of my world
I’ll give everyone a little smile
Hold it in their hearts for a little while
Everyone plays a different part
Give a little piece of your heart

Find a place to stay, don’t let it disappear
Try to keep it here, a way to keep it here
Find a place to stay, a different life to live
If there’s a way to give, you’ve got a chance to give

Got a chance to give to the world
I want to give to the world
Give a little piece of my world to the world
Give everyone a piece of my world
I’ll give everyone a little smile
Hold it in their hearts for a little while
Everyone plays a different part
Give a little piece of your heart

Proud and Torn

Written By: Ivory Drive

Proud and Torn
Lyrics © 2009 Van Wampler

They are all alone
Together, Can’t believe what they’ve been shown
Follow their gaze, they stare always
At a place far away from

Home: sometime they’ll go
But every single one still knows
That in the end, around the bend
The absent faces always

Show a missing part
But she still feels him in her heart
As time goes by she’ll come to lie
Again beside him like the start.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had

The start comes with ease
Before everyone is displeased
They argue more, down at the store
As children watch the strange

Disease is what some call it
Children laugh and play, and don’t follow it
On the news, their eyes aren’t glued
But they don’t have to fill

The wallet has a picture
Every single day he still misses her
Pretty smile, it’s been a while
And as he sits his mind will stir.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had

Stir up memories
As mothers wait, they still seem to plan these
Different ways, day after day
To bring back their boys to their

Families will always mourn
Though some are proud, and some are torn
As what to do, they think back to
Twenty years ago, when he was

Born all alone
No brothers or sisters to be shown
Follow his gaze, they stare always
At a place far away from home.

Come back with a flag, that’s the only way they’ll pack his bag
Or if he’s through because he’s due to come back true
Once his honor grew to start a new life in a few
Just as askew as he’s ever had

Discography

Me and Mr. Loneliness - Single - January 2011
1 Song

From This Far - July 2009
13 Songs
Available on iTunes, Amazon.com, cdbaby.com

Ivory Drive E.P. - June 2008
6 Songs
Available on iTunes and Amazon.com

Set List

Ivory Drive has a package of primarily of original songs. They are able to taylor their performances for shows of 30 minutes to over 2 ours of music. Their set list includes:

Breath of the Victory March
The Factory Machine
In the Shadows of Sirens
This Place We’re In
Chance for the World
Hear Me Out
Glory Faded
Hide and Seek
Otherwise Pretend
Picture Perfect Dream
Proud and Torn
The Ballad of Molly Parker
Carry the One

and others...