London Ontario is a hot spot for Canadian Indie music. Not far from Toronto, but far enough to have its own identity, London continuously produces great musical talent. Just last year, the EDM duo Loud Luxury blew up globally with their two hits “Love No More” featuring Anders and “Body” featuring Brando. The group went from being a small-town duo to EDM greats in a span of one year. This just shows that London is home to some talented artists in any genre. A band that has been at it for a while and gaining some traction is “Ivory Hours”. They’re also based in London Ontario. If you have never heard of them before, I’ll give you the rundown.
Ivory Hours is the ever-evolving indie-pop outlet of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Roes. Roes started the band in 2012 while he was an engineering student, spending most of his time locked in a room recording demos. The name “Ivory Hours” is inspired by poet T.S. Eliot. It is an echo of those early art-rock ambitions, but a flirtation with pop music. Inspired by heartbreak and a newfound love in live performance, he wrote the songs for their debut album “Morning Light” which was released in 2015. The band made a mark with their single “Warpaint”, receiving their first commercial airplay, winning two emerging artist awards and beginning a series of Canadian tours.
In 2017 the band released their follow up project “Dreamworld”, turning into a grittier mix of alt-rock and synth-pop. Leaning on chunky guitar riffs in the lead single ‘Shadow Kids’, Roes acknowledged the outliers at the heart of positive change, telling listeners they “don’t need to be afraid of being strange”. The title track ‘Dreamworld’ is a psychedelic-inspired reflection with a supernatural vibe.
Ivory Hours consists of Thomas Perquin on Drums and Carson Ouellette on Bass. The band continues to defy the odds as a fully independent Canadian act. They are not afraid to try out new sonic identities while remaining uniquely identifiable in the voice and distinctive guitar playing of Roes. This next chapter of their story is poised to eclipse the rest.
You can check out their newest single Boys Club at ivoryhours.com.