Ivy Mike
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Ivy Mike

Norman, Oklahoma, United States | SELF

Norman, Oklahoma, United States | SELF
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"Giants"

Ivy Mike‘s Giants does have some acoustic-based tracks on it, but it’s predominantly a riff-heavy rock affair. Any album that opens with a squall of dissonant distortion before dropping into a Queens of the Stone Age-esque guitar riff is not messing around. Just to make sure you know what this band is about, this power trio (!) put a picture of a Godzilla-esque monster on the album cover. They’re here to rock, and rock, and rock some more.

They live up to the billing, as they can build thunderous walls of sound while still retaining melody. “Some Kind of Way” has a Strokes-ian attitude, while the strutting guitar riff of “Monster” has all kinds of swagger. Still, they’re not a one trick pony: the middle of the album gives way to a surprisingly tense and nuanced section. The tense “Lowly Eyes” and “Light Years” show some tasteful restraint, while “Sweet Lipped Woman” is an remorseful acoustic tune at the heart of the album. They swing back to the rock in the final act with the stomping tunes “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Just Like Daughter,” before closing out the album with a gorgeous acoustic tune “Oh, Desire.”

For an album that starts off in total rock mode, Ivy Mike’s Giants offers surprising diversity in mood and incredibly strong songwriting throughout. Highly recommended for fans of rock. - Independent Clauses


"Giants"

Ivy Mike‘s Giants does have some acoustic-based tracks on it, but it’s predominantly a riff-heavy rock affair. Any album that opens with a squall of dissonant distortion before dropping into a Queens of the Stone Age-esque guitar riff is not messing around. Just to make sure you know what this band is about, this power trio (!) put a picture of a Godzilla-esque monster on the album cover. They’re here to rock, and rock, and rock some more.

They live up to the billing, as they can build thunderous walls of sound while still retaining melody. “Some Kind of Way” has a Strokes-ian attitude, while the strutting guitar riff of “Monster” has all kinds of swagger. Still, they’re not a one trick pony: the middle of the album gives way to a surprisingly tense and nuanced section. The tense “Lowly Eyes” and “Light Years” show some tasteful restraint, while “Sweet Lipped Woman” is an remorseful acoustic tune at the heart of the album. They swing back to the rock in the final act with the stomping tunes “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Just Like Daughter,” before closing out the album with a gorgeous acoustic tune “Oh, Desire.”

For an album that starts off in total rock mode, Ivy Mike’s Giants offers surprising diversity in mood and incredibly strong songwriting throughout. Highly recommended for fans of rock. - Independent Clauses


Discography

Giants (LP) - April 2012

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Ivy Mike is a band formed by life long musical mates Nathan Harwell (vox, guitars, drums), Arash Davari (lead guitar) and Adam Shockley (bass). Heavily influenced by groups like Cage the Elephant, Pearl Jam, Muse, Switchfoot, etc. The sound is the culmination of years of experience in different musical venues, shaped by personal heartbreak and turmoil. Their debut album, "Giants," was released in April of 2012.

The music is diverse, ranging from raging rock anthems to hushed acoustic ballads (and points in between), but what brings it all together is Harwell's voice and lyrical stylings; his voice easily ramping up or down to fit the moment, and his words knifing through the soundscape to cleverly, and poignantly, deliver his thoughts. It is this marriage of diversity, thoughtfulness, and skill that sets Ivy Mike apart.