Ivory Hours is the ever-evolving indie-pop outlet of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Roes.
One of the strange breed of music makers who are as obsessed with the studio as with songwriting, Roes’ efforts have reached a new apex in ‘Boys Club’. It’s a tongue-in-cheek name for a soaring anthem about alienation. Self-recorded and produced, it’s an unfiltered look at the invisible wall of introversion that has inspired so many of the band’s songs.
Roes began Ivory Hours in 2012 as an anxiety-riddled engineering student, spending endless hours locked in a room recording demos. The T.S. Eliot inspired name is an echo of those early art-rock ambitions, but a flirtation with pop music quickly rekindled Roes’ childhood obsession with radio. Inspired by heartbreak and a newfound catharsis in live performance, he penned the songs for the debut album ‘Morning Light’. Released in 2015, the band made a mark with the single ‘Warpaint’, receiving their first commercial airplay, winning two emerging artist awards and beginning a series of Canadian tours.
2017 saw the release of the follow up ‘Dreamworld’, deviating 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, toying with the supernatural and imagining that humanity itself is capable of divinity.
Based in London and joined by Thomas Perquin (Drums) and Carson Ouellette (Bass) the band continues to defy the odds as a fully independent Canadian act. Ivory Hours is unafraid to try on new sonic identities while remaining uniquely identifiable in the voice and idiosyncratic guitar playing of Roes. This next chapter is poised to eclipse the rest.