WITH THE LAUNCH OF THEIR DEBUT EP, AXE & THE IVORY REVEALED THEY ARE ONE OF ADELAIDE'S unknown wonders.
Words by Giselle Bueti
A collective hush swept over the room as Rosie Roberts submerged the crowd into a sea of heavenly vocals. The drunken boys standing behind me, who had been yelling out, “MUSIC,” for the last 20minutes, were suddenly brought to an abrupt silence as the wave of Axe & The Ivory’s sweet harmonies washed over them. For a moment, everyone was silent and The Jade Monkey turned into an acoustic pool of music with its occupants lazily floating along.
Launching their debut EP, Adelaide based indie-folk pop band Axe & The Ivory graced The Jade Monkey with an array of new tracks on Saturday May 2nd. Members Ben Lovell, James Lovell, Charlie Worthington and Rosie Roberts delivered a set list jam packed with delicate harmonies and moving lyricism.
Opening the night was the multi-award winning Cal Williams Jr. whose guitar skills are out of this world. Blending early Delta Blues with British folk, Cal delivered a warm folky set that slowly amped up the crowd for the main act.
After the captivating performance of the first few song, things got a little bit shaky for Axe & The Ivory. Sound difficulties and lengthy breaks between songs made the crowd a little inattentive and chatty. However, lead singers Ben Lovell and Rosie Roberts continued to deliver powerhouse vocals that resonated through the room.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra cellist David Sharp joined the stage half way through the set and added that extra special something, giving further depth to the performance. The set list showcased the bands catalogue of acoustic and roots influenced pop tunes, with the slow soothing 'Feel It Coming', the emotive piano driven 'Wish I Was Yours' and folky riffs of 'Little Sister'.
The EP launch proved that Axe & The Ivory are one of Adelaide’s hidden gems and are on the road to an exciting future in the music scene. If you are yet to have a gander at their tunes, do yourself a favour and get on to it!