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Dana Ives


  1. 1.
    John Wayne
  2. 2.
    Drift Queen Princess
  3. 3.
    Ain't Got Time
  4. 4.
    Climbing & Clambering
  5. 5.
    Terms of Endearment
Hailing from the sunny badlands of California, Matt Ernst and Ethan Wallace brought their respective talents to New Orleans where their love child, Dana Ives, was born.
Dana Ives can be best described as the musical sweet spot where screeching yet lucid guitar melodies lay overtop aggressively raw drums and vocals, providing the perfect marriage of indie-rock meets post-punk. The band’s sound is reflective of Ernst’s upbringing playing in the Los Angeles garage rock circuit and Wallace’s experience drumming in the California hardcore scene. When playing live the band is joined by a bass and trumpet player, creating a truly unique and dynamic experience that separates them from other alternative rock bands. Dana Ives plays with a glitchy, reverberated sonic palette that removes listeners from their environment as the songs travel, leaving the listener in a completely different world than where they began. As it pushes the comfort zones of listeners through intense dynamic and structural shift, their debut EP breathes life into their ability to strike discord with passion and fervor.
Dana Ives’ upcoming EP is a record that challenges the traditional values of the American hero, and both the suffering and freedom that entail. In particular, the songs focus on media icons such as John Wayne and the ways that rejecting stereotypical notions of manhood allows them to reflect on topics of manic personality, love and what it means to be a man.


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