GET TO KNOW: Ivy Nations

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I spent a lot of time at my grandparents house as a child. My grandfather introduced me to artists such as the Clancy Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan from the age of six. I remember hearing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” for the first time. It’s one of my earliest childhood memories. I would get him to play it over and over again. Later on, I was introduced to the piano at my grans best friends house Mrs. Han. I terrorised that instrument. Hammering at it’s keys and howling along. My grandmother was always mortified, but Mrs. Han would say “just let let him at it Mary!” I guess I have her to thank for my early musical exploits.

 

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

In my teens I was introduced to Nirvana, having that same day bought a Meatloaf record. Nevermind awakened something in me. I will never forget listening to the album for the first time in the car on the way home from Dublin with my parents and my friend who insisted I buy it on tape. I also recall being with my Dad in the car upon hearing the news that Kurt Cobain had died and the feeling of shock between us. I think grunge really struck a chord with him also.

 

Years later I would break my two front teeth moshing to “In Bloom” with my friend Peter in our front sitting room. We then tried to gather the remaining pieces of my teeth, before scattering them around my back garden so that when my parents came home we could pretend that the incident happened during a football game. I think the early grunge movement impacted on my writing in ways that I find hard to describe. It fuelled something in me, by giving me a licence to write down those inner teenage angst feelings on paper. I guess, I’ve continued this practice to this day.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

As a band we’ve been playing and writing together since early 2016. We each have been writing individually and as part of other groups since our teens.

 

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

At the moment we are in pre production for our next single, but have some great gigs lined up including a show in the Olympia Theatre on April 7th, and quite a few major Irish festivals in the summer.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Playing for the first time in the Olympia Theatre last year to a sold out crowd was pretty special for us.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us pretty much everywhere! Our next single “Live by Design” lands on April 7th, on platforms such as Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Soundcloud. You can also follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter at our website at ivynations.com

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