Cutting Your Teeth with HE DANCED IVY

Brisbane’s He Danced Ivy are taking the Australian music scene by storm with an eclectic yet controlled musical output that almost dares you not to get involved.

With the recent release of single Toothcutter the boys have upped the ante yet again with a swirling, aggressive and in-your-face song that deals with a major issue sweeping current society.

“Anxiety is the big theme”, nodded guitarist and vocalist Dave, “but it also deals with things wrapped up in that; anxiety about drinking and drugs and what’s right and wrong about either of those things and anxiety about that. The name sort of stems from the idea that when you are young and having your formative experiences – especially in Australia where a lot of it seems to revolve around the idea of partying – and you’re cutting your teeth on that and getting to know how to move through the world and communicate so the title comes from that. Toothcutter. Cutting your teeth on the world as a whole. It’s catchy and abrasive as well. When we were talking about the lyrics we thought yeah, that’s a good name for it, it’s kind of cool”.

In the full interview, Dave talks about their recent tour promoting the single, his views on lockout laws, Mad Max, upcoming music, what they have in plan for the rest of the year, how He Danced Ivy has changed musically over the years, plus we discuss a few topics for potential songs.

Written by Kris Peters

Kris has been writing freelance for about 20 years. Kris always found his taste in music a little too eclectic for the mainstream market but has found his niche writing for HEAVY. Based in Brisbane, Kris also runs a promotions company, KSP Productions.

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