Jimi Ivins comes from Jersey Shore but thankfully, as far as we can judge, has nothing to do with the TV show of the same name.
We are from the Jersey Shore and have been playing the music scene together for many years in different projects.
How long have you been playing as a band?
This project started as a studio project in November 2018 the idea was to put out an EP but once we got rolling and the songs kept getting better we just became more and more excited and decided it was time to get this thing going for real.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Believe it or not, when we started this and the band name was suggested it was just kind of blurted out. So it really didn’t have any pretext but that is not to say that it can’t be skewed into some type of personal belief or the idea of overcoming oppression and personal struggle. Things that we as humans can all share and relate to and that is what we want our music to be like. We let the music do the talking for us.
What are your influences?
I love this question, we are literally all over the board with influences but you can hear them all in our music. Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Dream Theatre, Pantera, Deftones, Quicksand, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, and everything in between!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think we are a nice blend of metalcore and hard rock with that Jersey Punch. I think where we shine is our ability to seamlessly slip in and out of genres while still keeping a consistent sound. There is a lot of texture put into this music and we really tried our best to make it the best we have ever done and that is something you can always expect from us.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I like lyrics that I can relate to so I always try to keep them personal not so much the fantasy writing. That is not to say that it will never happen just that it hasn’t happened yet.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Unfortunately Covid-19 has put our life plans on the back burner so this band has not played out yet-we were in the middle of rehearsals when lockdown started here in Jersey, but we plan on bringing the same energy on the record to our live performance so you can expect a fun show from us.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Well when I was younger I used to do fun stuff like shattering light bulbs and jumping in the glass but not so much these days I am much too old for that kind of shenanigans…..I still got some miles in me though! Just not the same immune system as that 18-year-old kid hahaha.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play Etc.?
Mapex Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Sabian Cymbals, Paiste Cymbals, Esp Guitars, Gibson Guitars, Ibanez Guitars and Basses, D’addario and DR strings, Dunlop Jazz III picks, Peavey 5150, and Marshall Amps.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We just released our debut album Journey To The Other Side via Ingrooves and The Label Group May 15th available on most major streaming platforms! We are hoping to have some merch on our website in the near future as well.
What are your plans for 2020 and beyond?
Well we were initially planning on supporting our album with live shows but things have gotten more complicated so instead we have been using the time to demo for our follow up which we plan to start recording in the fall.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
I would love to support Killswitch Engage they have always been a huge influence for us and they are incredible musicians and I would have to ask my buddy Tom and his band Methodical to come on board, they put on a killer show and I think that would be a very sick show.