Sounds You Need In Your Ears
Episode 9: Ebonivory
Charlie Powlett | Lead Vocals
Jake Ewings | Guitar
Louis Edwards | Guitar, Backing Vocals
Connor McMillan | Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Parkes | Drums, Percussion
It’s been a while since our last episode of Sounds You Need In Your Ears but oh boy, have we found a band to show you. Meet Ebonivory all the way from Ballarat in rural Victoria. Who knows what goes on down there, but that town has produced some fine musicians.
They recently supported Melbourne prog legends, Circles on their The ‘Winter’ Tour and were by far the best supporting band that played (our Brisbane coverage here). Sometimes you don’t find bands via the radio or Spotify, sometimes you actually have to go out early and give support bands a chance because, like Ebonivory, they might just blow you away.
Now, these fellas have actually been around for a bit, releasing their debut EP Ebonivory I in 2014, a full length album the next year titled The Only Constant and a second EP, Ebonivory II, just a year after that in 2016. They’ve been busy little beavers, and let’s not forget to mention the singles they’ve been dropping over the past year, as well. Most recently is ‘Patting The Black Dog’, released via Wild Things Records, which is an absolute tune and a half.
Genre-wise they’re a whole mix of prog, rock, metal and post-hardcore. But probably we’ll mostly stick the progressive label on them right now, and that, right there is why you need these sounds in your ears. Prog is like the older, cooler sibling of metalcore; slightly more refined, more technical and in some cases, more melodic. Not as wild as metalcore, who can be aggressive and just waiting for that breakdown, but there’s a lot of emphasis on time signatures and song structure.
Ebonivory are a bloody exciting listen. Their melodies evolve and certainly don’t center around or rely on a chorus to pull them through. If we took away the vocals, the rest could easily stand on its own. Think along the lines of Animals As Leaders and TesseracT, and if you like those bands you’ll probably love Ebonivory. Vocally, we are given mostly clean singing that is strong and beautifully emotive, but when the song calls for it some screams do make their way out.
And as a live experience? Your eyes won’t leave the stage. Passion is clearly written all over their body language and expressions as they play, and they all give off a very honest and humble vibe. They don’t walk onto the stage with an air of entitlement like some bands do, Ebonivory just let their music speaks volumes for them.
If this all sounds great and you’ve checked out their songs on your streaming service of choice, well, it gets better! They’re heading on tour across a few states come the end of September and throughout October. Their Tales Of Termina Australian Tour is their first national headline tour in support of their forthcoming single, ‘Tales Of Termina’.
So get out there and check Ebonivory out. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll also be supporting a young Australian band who, quite frankly, deserves it. With vocals that complement and don’t overpower the songs, exciting melodies that command attention while still being soft and atmospheric, these guys (and hopefully you!) have stumbled onto something great.
Written by Ebony Story
Ebonivory hit the road down the East Coast + Adelaide soon!
Tickets on sale here
Tales Of Termina Australian Tour
Saturday 14th September – Wallapalooza, Mudgeeraba (Gold Coast)
Saturday 5th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Friday 11th October – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
Saturday 12th October – The Workers Club, Melbourne
Friday 18th October – The Factory Floor, Sydney