INTERVIEW: The Iveys

The Iveys are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album titled Colors Of Honey.  The band was formed initially by Arlen Ivey and sister Jessica Ivey Carr, and while that gave them a taste of performing and creating together, it wasn’t until bringing in three more members of their family — sister Jenna Ivey, brother Galen Ivey and brother-in-law Sammy Carr — that The Iveys felt truly complete. According to Arlen, “The music has a different kind of depth; the songwriting and the collaboration of Jenna and I together was something that was missing before. I’ll bring her a song that I think is good and, after adding her input, it improves the story and elevates the song. We have one track that is about following your dreams, knowing there will be tough times, but regardless of that, living life to the fullest and enjoying the adventure. Then there is another song that is about our great-grandparents and their love/journey through life. It’s interesting how the family aspect of the band has unintentionally come through in the songwriting and taken the music to another level.”

The band get to sit with us to discuss the new 80s driven video, single and more!

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

We have been great, having a blast on tour this summer in support of our new studio album, Colors of Honey!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Running Wild?

It’s a song about true love and holding nothing back.  A moment where you just can’t believe that you ever lived without that other person, and it overwhelms you.  Love is so powerful, it’s healing.  The song starts slowly and builds to a crashing climax before coming back down to our three part sibling harmonies near the end. It’s big and powerful, the way that love should be.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A cousin in Houston was getting married, and we were unable to be there due to our crazy band schedule, so we wanted to do something special for her.  We sat down and wrote this song for her, and they played the acoustic version at the reception!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process was interesting and fun.  Galen, our drummer and percussionist, is a film student at New Mexico State University.  He came up with the idea for the video early on and pitched it to us and we absolutely loved it.  His idea fit the song perfectly, and with approval from us songwriters, he ran with it.  He put together a crew of exceptional college friends and was able to gain access to an entire high school for filming.  We took over the high school for three days, utilizing all of its unique locations.  Galen directed the video, and we had a blast filming it.  It was a great on-set environment, and each member of the cast and crew had a wonderful time.  Galen says of the video, “The song itself is really fun and vibrant, and I wanted a video to match that tone.  My goal was to create something wild and out of the ordinary for us, and with help from my exceptional cast and crew, I definitely feel that we achieved that.”  The rest of us couldn’t agree more.  It’s a wild video filled with vibrancy and joy and we are more than excited to be sharing our official video for “Running Wild” with you all.

The single comes off your new album Colors of Honey – what’s the story behind the title?  

Colors of Honey is a song that started as a poem that Jenna wrote. One day she heard a melody in her head and she realized it wasn’t a poem — it was a song, so after coming up with the basic structure and melody she brought Arlen on so they could finish the song together. The song itself talks about nostalgia, regret, and the bittersweet taste of growing up, and we felt that the name really evoked the sort of tone we were going for with our sound on this album. To us, Colors of Honey brings up thoughts of warm summer sunsets, sitting beneath a tree with a book on your lap as amber light pours onto the pages. This album was a real labor of love for us, and we worked very hard to preserve the authenticity of who we are as a band by keeping things as organic as possible — even the vocals you hear on every track were recorded live with all three vocalists in the room at the same time — so the name, Colors of Honey, just seemed to work for this ep.

How was the recording and writing process?

The whole album came together rather quickly, by working as a group.  Songs usually start with Arlen and Jenna, then the rest of the band comes together on it to create a finished song.  We spent just a day per song in the recording studio, and we enjoyed the recording process with our co-producer Jerry Ordonez.

How does your family bond influence your music?

Family bond means a lot to each one of us.  We can’t separate ourselves from that fact; we are a family band.  There is a song on the Colors of Honey ep that was written about our Great Grandparents; the story of their lives, and their journey to Texas.  The pursuit of music as a career, and the love of music is something that we all share.  It pushes us, giving us an extra energy and connection with one another as live performers.

How has The Beatles and Bob Dylan influenced your writing?

We’ve listened to almost everything ever recorded by the Fab Four, as well as the greatest living songwriter, Bob Dylan.  Their influence is in everything we do.  Not a day goes by that we don’t listen to something those artists have written.

What role does Texas play in your music?

TEXAS.  Texas is in our blood, it’s in our hearts and souls.  We were raised in the desert southwest, in the wide open of the Chihuahua desert.  Texas is our home.  Texas has filled our imaginations when we are away for too long.  There is a special magic in the great State of Texas that we weave throughout our songwriting.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

Inspiration for the songs we create mainly comes from moments we live in our day to day lives.  What we all go through, as far as relationships, with the wonderful, joyous moments, and the sad, broken moments.  Losing loved ones and remembering them, reconnecting with them through song, and dreaming of a tomorrow, or singing of the past such as our song about our great grandparents “King and Marie”   Each song works together to create the tapestry of Colors of Honey.

Any plans to hit the road? 

We are on the road as we write this.  We are currently on tour, with many performances scheduled across Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico in support of the new album.

What else is happening next in The Iveys’ world?

We plan to continue our Tuesday Tunes series on instagram, youtube, and Facebook where we film a live cover tune video and release it every week. Plus we are very excited to be headed back into the recording studio near the end of July to lay down more tracks for another album to be released in 2020, as well as many more performances throughout the Southwest, and across Texas and New Mexico.

For More Information On The Iveys:

http://theiveysmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/theiveys

https://twitter.com/theiveys

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDQv2iL6DYLU06B-gNr9Ypg

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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