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"Oz Music Project"

"uses some good rock manoeuvres" - Jaz


"IndieInitiative.com"

"Arriving just in time for the first band's (Ivory) set was a stroke of luck as they put on a great show. In particular I was impressed with Nikki's cool bass lines that helped the songs groove along without being too overdone. Reminicent of some 'Spacehog' basslines.
Ken, as I was told, was still suffering from a bout of laryngitus but still came to the party with some soaring vocal work as well as playing some hot lead guitar.......Their style of music could be described as melodic rock - a little hard edged but still very catchy." - Paul - The Esplanade Hotel, Public Bar


"Gods Of Music"

"Rock of Ages! Seeing as the, oh too inevitable, middle age spreading is stretching Iron Maiden’s spandex to splitting point, it’s time to sweep the oldies aside to make way for a hair-slapping successor. When the way is clear, Ivory may just get your ‘radio rock’ vote kids!

‘Everything Is Over Now’ autopilots through standard soft metal necessities: operatic vocals, Yngwie Malmsteem guitar solos, slow bit, another solo, etc. There’s nothing truly original here, but it’s all executed with precision and competency. If you thought grunge needed a wash, and skate punk needs to grow its hair, then this may be the track to get your leathers on for.

Well, what have we got? There’s a tight as a nut drum and guitar riff and melodic vocals and chorus. There’s a Def Leppard influence looming for sure, but this has the bonus of being heavier, and the production is very good.

Much as this is bog standard ‘dad rock’, it is catchy and, despite my better judgement, I did spy myself singing along to the “back to ground” chorus ... but then I thought ‘Charlotte the Harlot’ was a work of genius when I was 15. This song takes me back, but doesn’t take me anywhere new. However, the market’s wide open, and Ivory sound like they’ve got their stall well decorated." - Nadine Smith


"AOR Dream Zones"

Ivory are (a) rather nifty melodic rock band from Australia and I can't fault singer Ken Knox he has a great voice, however the material whilst good is a little predictable. It is however very catchy, well performed melodic rock that really gets you singing along like on the excellent dreamy and melodic charm of 'Pictures Of You'. The vocals are great and the song builds into a cool infectious chorus, but I can't think for the life of me who the vocals remind me of.

'Everything Is Over (Now)' is infectious and bouncy melodic rock that makes you think where have you heard it before, the song is simple, fun and cool. 'Miles Away' is a hungrier track with cool (bass) guitars from Nicole Smith, again a most infectious song with a catchy chorus to sing along to, it's bugging me as to who this song is reminding me of. Ivory have potential, the production is a little weak but the songs are not and I have been playing this three track promo over and over again, there is something good going on here folks so check them out, I was quite charmed to say the least. - Nick Baldrian


"fishcomcollective.net"

I'll say this for Ivory: They know how to present a unique blend of styles in their rock and roll. On one layer of the music, this is just straightforward, rock and roll with an old school touch. AS the rock is running along, keeping the show going, the music easily flows into reserved but undeniable power metal influences, putting this somewhere between regular rock and metal. The biggest surprise was something I couldn't put my finger on, in terms of origin in the music: a new wave feel. Between the rock and rolling and the power metal nuances was sandwiched - in a remarkably smooth blend - a feel of the new wave flavors of the 80s. You might not think the blend would work but it is pretty seamless. Ivory, overall, has a heart for more traditional styles (new wave isn't exactly traditional, I know, but it's old school by today's standards) and it seems to work for them. Though the band does have the sound of an indie act that's still working its way toward the mainstream, there is plenty of talent. The grooves are nice and the players lay out nice instrumentations. The vocals are clean and crisp and reveal the choral training behind them. The only thing I would suggest on that front is an effort to make the notes more defined and lush. But all told, good stuff. Both CDs are EPs, with "Everything Is Over Now" representing the band in the studio, and the other CD, obviously, given the title, presenting the band onstage. - fishcomcollective.net


Discography

Mammoth - Album of early works 1997
Live - Tracks recorded live in the studio 1999
Ivory - Three track recording 2002
Everything Is Over Now - Single 2003
Pure & Simple - Five engineered songs 2002 - 2006
Demo Recording Sessions 2004 - 2006

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Bio

Knoxy, rock straight from the heart.

Originally from Australia's music capital Melbourne, Kenny now lives in London producing his ever better brand of songs for the everyday person. Not afraid of any topic, the content of the collection so far includes sex, politics, religion (well you can't talk about them at dinner!), social pressures, death, love and relationships; the very core of life itself.

"I have been playing this three track promo over and over again, there is something good going on here folks so check them out, I was quite charmed to say the least." AOR Dreamzones

"Rock of Ages! Seeing as the, oh too inevitable, middle age spreading is stretching Iron Maiden’s spandex to splitting point, it’s time to sweep the oldies aside to make way for a hair-slapping successor. When the way is clear, Ivory may just get your ‘radio rock’ vote kids!" Gods of Music

Now spending time rehearsing for his solo show in the UK's heart of London, Kenny is hell bent on getting anyone to listen to his talents! Working on a new era of songs, recording a new album is on his mind. The line up of songs so far is impressive (it will be one of those rare CDs where every song is a winner.) Gigs around London and on the lookout for support slots, it won't be long before you've heard 'the voice' - Knoxy.

Ivory (founded by Kenny in 1997) were accomplishing good critical success by playing consistently great live shows up until early 2004 when tragedy struck. The death of Nicole Smith who was Kenny's wife, songwriting partner and bass guitarist in Ivory was a cruel and heavy blow. Kenny went to the brink of hell and back before returning to this life to continue as the songwriter and musician he is. The determination to carry on and achieve musical success is running on all cylinders.

Past accomplishments include performing for over five years with the Australian Welsh Male Choir, on stage with Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), Colleen Hewitt (Queen of Pop Aust.), Jeff Browne (Air Supply), performing in front of thousands at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Arts Centre, and Melbourne's famous Esplanade Hotel (The Espy), plus recording several CDs on which special guests appear. Molly Meldrum became involved with Ivory after the independent release of Mammoth and apart from taking their music before the board at Mushroom Records, encouraged them to hone their skills and create a more centred sound. Good advice which they proceeded to act upon, focussing on a tight and distinctive rock oriented performance.

Now changing to the solo name of Knoxy, Ken will be performing throughout London for a while to get the exposure that Europe has to offer. Ivory was an important part of his past, but like all else, he has to keep on movin'.