The Franklin Electric and Ivory Hours
with The Middle Coast and Titus Calderbank
From the Promoter
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THE FRANKLIN ELECTRIC
Montreal-based alternative folk-pop band The Franklin Electric turned heads in 2012, claiming first prize in a Nashville song writing competition with the infectious song, “Old Piano”. The group then banded together to lay down their debut album "This is How I Let You Down". The band includes Jon Matte on vocals / piano / trumpet, Liam Killen on the drums & vocals, Martin Desrosby on the bass, and Alexis Messier on guitars.
As bird songs and street noise flutter and swell, a voice flows through the cascading soundscape, singing “we’re living in a dreamworld, so don’t forget it.” It’s a call to arms, a battle cry for introspection that sets the tone for “Dreamworld”, the 2017 release from Ivory Hours. Weaving through its ethereal sounds and pithy declarations, you feel the nagging suspicion that our world is far from black and white; it’s shaped by our imagination.
Fusing alternative rock with a modern pop aesthetic, Ivory Hours is a group defined by their resistance to convention— their melodies are massive but ethereal; their anthems soaring, yet intimate. Now based in Toronto, Canada, the band was formed in 2012 by songwriter Luke Roes and later joined by drummer Thomas Perquin. Roes’s words are honest and insightful, whether he’s penning treatises on modern love (“Invincible”), feminist anthems (“Shadow Kids”) or delving deeper, musing on ideas of divinity and shared enlightenment in a post-religious age (“Dreamworld”).
Ivory Hours’ sound has come full circle, building on their 2015 release ‘Morning Light’ and commercial radio debut “Warpaint”. Transforming their art-rock beginnings into a further reaching ethos, “Dreamworld” represents a new era for the band, juxtaposing synthesizers and monolithic hooks with walls of guitar and fuzzed out bass. Simultaneously ambitious and resolute, “Dreamworld” proves that Ivory Hours is a band you shouldn’t sleep on.