Thriving Ivory's sophomore Wind-up album, Through Yourself & Back Again, reflects the lessons they've learned following the release of their successful self-titled debut. "Do you dream/That the world will know your name?" they asked prophetically in the band's pop radio hit, "Angels On The Moon," a song inspired by the heroics surrounding 9/11.
And, if the whole world isn't yet familiar with the music of this San Francisco Bay Area band (founded by songwriter/keyboardist Scott Jason and vocalist Clayton Stroope), certainly their audience has grown exponentially thanks to VH1's "You Oughta Know’, tons of radio airplay and three years of non-stop touring.
Thriving Ivory's latest takes those experiences and moves the band to the next level. The album was co-produced by the band and Gregg Wattenberg at Quad Studios in New York's Times Square. Additionally, there are three songs produced and mixed by Mark Endert (Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” Maroon 5, The Fray). "There's more of a cohesive quality to the album," says Stroope, the band's charismatic front man, who takes his cues from larger-than-life rock stars like Robert Plant, David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler. "Most of the songs were composed in a recording studio we set up in the back of our tour bus over a lengthy period of time."
The first, Endert-produced single, "Where We Belong," sports a typically epic, cinematic flourish, while the majestic "Some Kind Of Home" features Jason on keyboards and guitarist Drew Cribley's Edge-like delay pedal sounds. "What was cool about working with Mark was how we were able to reference a lot of different types of music. He had us focus on maintaining a fresh, youthful quality to the sound, keeping it light and not having it bogged down with heavy distortion, so it has a clean, hard edge. He helped us pay attention to things we ordinarily never would have. We were a little more self-aware this time," says Stroope...
On their sophomore Wind-Up album, Through Yourself &Back Again, Thriving Ivory are "where they belong," on the journey they started six years ago. "We're tighter than ever as a unit, and we're more than ready to play this new material live," concludes Stroope. "We've taken some time out from the road to center ourselves. We're excited to get back out and take the next step."
Shop: You can purchase a download of Through Yourself & Back Again on iTunes (ARV $9.99)
Win: Three lucky winners will each receive a copy of Thriving Ivory: Through Yourself & Back Again.
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