UP-AND-COMING Bendigo duo The Ivory Knives are on the verge of launching their debut EP.
But regardless of how far the self-titled EP progresses, Timmy Nanks and Jake McPherson are just having fun while they finish university.
Armed with a guitar and a set of drums, Timmy and Jake have made a habit of creating sharp sounds in their original songs.
The EP will be launched next Saturday at the Musicman Megastore in Bendigo.
“It’s been a long time coming, since we started writing our own stuff after we formed in 2012,” guitarist and lead singer Nanks said.
The Ivory Knives’ sounds follows on from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys or The Vines but the pair have trouble picking out a distinct genre.
“The closest thing we got to nailing it to a genre is progressive rock. We’ve been told we’re pretty noisy,” Nanks said.
Jake adds: “Everyone says it’s hard to describe their sound but (to us) it’s just our average sound.”
The pair met at university and after a year of playing mixed soccer together, realised their common musical interests.
“We started uni the same year. I had moved over from Shepparton and been playing drums for 10 years,” Jake said.
“I was looking for a guitarist and Timmy was looking for a drummer. It took us a year to speak outside of soccer.
“When we found out he plays guitar and I play drums, it started.”
The final stages of the EP have been slightly stalled because of university and exam commitments.
It has meant a few less gigs than normal but focus on producing the EP has been key for The Ivory Knives.
Nanks and McPherson recorded the EP in Kyneton with the Bride Stripped Back’s Natalie Edith.
“It was just a little studio shack in Kyneton but we were really grateful for the experience,” Nanks said.
“We have designed the EP ourselves and sent it off to be printed in Melbourne.”
The Bendigo music scene has also been supportive of The Ivory Knives. Regular gigs at the Musicman and The Golden Vine mean the pair has been able to find their feet.
“It’s helped us get our name out there,” Nanks said.
“But we are taking small steps and the EP is one of those. It will enable us to get it out there and build on our name.
“From the begining we wanted to enjoy it and have fun with it, but world-wide fame? Yeah, bring it on.”
The Ivory Knives self-titled EP launches on July 28.