“We’ve come too far to pay for a loss of who we are.” So say Nashville, Tennessee rockers The Ivins in the chorus of “Mountains” from their incendiary new album The Code Duello. It’s this statement that acts as the battle cry for their brand of alternative - uncompromising, unapologetic and anthemic. Despite the album only arriving now, brothers Jim and Jack Ivins have already received glowing comparisons to the likes of The Killers, Stereophonics & Arctic Monkeys from places like AXS, Chorus.fm and Kings of A&R, among others, while also sharing the stage with artists such as Switchfoot, Rooney, Night Riots, Airborne Toxic Event, Parachute, Mae, From Indian Lakes & The Ataris.
Backed by a powerhouse team, The Code Duello was brought to life with the help of Grammy winner Michael Rosen (AFI, Papa Roach), Grammy nominee Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers), American Music Award winner Bill Leverty (Firehouse), Interscope Records co-founder Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, RATT) and Anthony "Rocky" Gallo (John Legend, Carrie Underwood), as well as a stellar lineup of top notch talent from the band’s original home of Virginia such as Pedro Aida, Andreas Magnusson, John Morand, Steve Barber, Ben Green and Alex DeJong.
Previously based in Richmond, VA and New York City, The Ivins are now residents of Music City. The future is wide open, as the band strive to make rock music that can be relevant, immediate and meaningful to music listeners in 2017 and beyond.
Photo credit: Rachel Deeb