Band of the Day

2015.03.10

Ivory Deville

Uncommon swagger that hits its stride at the intersection of honky tonk and rock & roll
When you hear it, there’s no mistaking this record for anyone else’s.
quote from Johnny Elkins (singer/guitarist)

Los Angeles band Ivory Deville produces an uncommon swagger and juxtaposition of sound that hits its stride at the intersection of honky tonk, glam rock, and mid-century rock and roll. Born out of the raucous beer joints and restless bones of the Plains, and warmly branded by soaring female harmonies from the California coast, Ivory Deville is an authentic roadhouse band for our time.

The band steadily made waves in the LA music scene in 2014, highlighted by performances at Echo Park Rising, Eagle Rock Music Festival, Bandit Town, and packed shows at The Satellite. Their brand of rock and roll sounds like it’s been festering in the garage for decades — and now it’s finally being unveiled. The group released their self-titled debut album in December 2014 on LA’s Kill/Hurt Records. This full length effort was recorded and mixed by Scott Barber at The Barber Shop Recording Studio and mastered by Pete Lyman (Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club).

“These are the songs that got Ivory Deville moving as a band, so they’ll always be important to us,” says singer/guitarist Johnny Elkins. “And when you hear it, there’s no mistaking this record for anyone else’s.”

“Wolf (Ramirez) and I were introduced by a friend back in 2008, and then we played in a band together for a number of years…so when that project ran its course, the two of us knew we had a great connection and wanted to continue making music together. And we wanted female backup singers to bring sort of a Shelter People/Exile on Main Street vibe, so I made some calls and in about a month, we were in a van on a two-week tour and we were called Ivory Deville. We’ve had a few lineup shifts since we started, but everyone involved has been great and talented, and we’ve had a blast so far.”

Paste Magazine exclusively premiered their album track “Abyssinia” and noted that Ivory Deville “is poised to be a key new group in the indie rock scene.” The band is already off to a strong start in 2015, kicking off the year with a January residency at The Echo, followed by dates in Austin for SXSW. You can follow their tour dates and order the LP at ivorydeville.com.