Ivy Nations, an indie-pop quartet from Dublin who are setting the dance rock world on fire, have just released the video for their single ‘Live By Design’. Ivy Nations have been added to various Irish festivals this year with Sea Sessions, Indiependence and YouBloom announced so far and are gearing up for their own headline show at the Grand Social on 29 June 2017.
Speaking about the video, director Benn Veasey and producer Rufus Pinkerton explain, it’s “a story focusing on the ideas of determinism, design, choice & freedom…in a dystopian world that was at once dated and a bit grubby, but at the same time really quite colourful and vibrant in places.”
New single “Live By Design” holds faithful to the energetic, dreamy sensibilities of the band’s previous releases, but pushes forward. It’s a shade darker, the band shares, and influenced by themes in Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisquatsi”. Singer Joe Kiernan says of the single, “[Live By Design] deals with the pace of modern life, where live out our fantasies while existing on the outer edges. The song reflects frustration, an inability to change the inner discourses that hold us back, and a desire to remove oneself from the race.”
Only three singles deep, Ivy Nations have been praised for their refined sound established with producer Phil Magee (Kodaline, The Script). Their debut track “The Mile Road” was released to universal plaudits and reached #3 on the HypeM Twitter chart. Second single, “You Are the Centre of Me” premiered on BitCandy in December 2015 receiving national airplay in Ireland & non-com radio in Australia and the USA. Current single ‘Live By Design’ has been racking up national daytime airplay in Ireland since it’s release.
2016 saw the band perfecting their live show with performances at Whelan’s Ones To Watch, Electric Picnic and Other Voices, a sold out headline show in Whelan’s Upstairs, and coveted support slots for acts like The Academic, Kodaline, The Strypes The Frank And Walters and The Blizzards.
‘Live By Design’ available now for download from all digital platforms.
June 4 – The Mercantile (YouBloom Festival)
June 25 – Sea Sessions
June 29 – The Grand Social
August 4 – Indiependence