INTERVIEW: IVYTIDE

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

We’ve been good, we’re excited about the release! Things are still weird out here in Montreal due to the pandemic, but we’ve been on the grind writing new songs since it all began.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “miss u btw”?

Our new single “miss u btw” represents one side of a two-tailed story. Parting ways with someone leads to an inevitable feeling of withdrawal, pulling you back into the relationship you once had. The other side of the story reflects all the countless fights and sleepless nights that drew you apart in the first place. While knowing things ended for a reason, a creeping feeling of nostalgia ceases to put your mind at ease. A lot of songs have been written about breakups, but this one looks at it through the unique lens of the love-hate duality that comes after the end of a relationship.

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

The song draws upon the band member’s experiences in personal relationships. We’ve all struggled after breakups to move on.  Even if you know it’s the right thing, it’s never easy to move on, and that nostalgia always creeps back.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yeah! We filmed a live session video at Montreal’s Studio Rush. Nathan performs a stripped back version of the song, with just a guitar and a mic. It’s shot in a big empty space, and we crowded crumpled up papers (that were all recycled post-shoot!) around Nathan. The papers reflect how you go back and forth from wanting to reach out to your ex, and writing down your feelings, and then deciding not to.

How was the recording and writing process?

The song started as a rough demo/voice memo that Nathan came up with, and we all instantly fell in love with it. The production went really quick, blending the singer-songwriter elements in the verses, with heavily distorted bass and hard-hitting drums in the chorus, to emphasize the moody emotional lyrics. We really love the climactic outro that offers a release from the tension built throughout the track.

What role does Montreal play in your music?

Montreal’s restrictions during the pandemic really forced us to focus on writing and recording, rather than rehearsing as a band. This led to us writing many new songs, such as “miss u btw”, and we feel like we’ve really grown as songwriters through this period.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, we’re working on a EP that will include some past singles. We’re really excited for our fans to hear the sound we’ve been working towards!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing we can share yet, but hopefully soon!

What else is happening next in Ivytide’s world?

We’re working really hard on writing new material, and we’re hoping to get back to playing shows as soon as safely possible!

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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