Iva whole new fan base

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT'S ON -

Aussie synth-pop band Ice­house have ex­pe­ri­enced a whirl­wind re­turn to their glory days in the past 12 months. Front­man and cre­ative force Iva Davies says the band’s 30th an­niver­sary in 2011 re­sulted in their ex­plo­sive re­turn to the mu­sic scene with ap­pear­ances at the Home­bake and Meredith fes­ti­vals. ‘‘It’s been a great time for us,’’ Davies says of the band that has 28 plat­inum al­bums, eight top 10 al­bums and 30-plus top 40 sin­gles. ‘‘We’ve been play­ing huge fes­ti­vals, tour­ing and back in the club. It’s very ex­cit­ing – al­most like we’re re­turn­ing to the orig­i­nal days of the band.’’ Now, due to the de­mand from fans via email, post, Twit­ter and Face­book, the band, fa­mous for tracks such as Elec­tric Blue and Great South­ern Land, have hit the road again with the Prim­i­tive Colours Tour. The show fo­cuses on songs from two of their most cel­e­brated al­bums, Prim­i­tive Man and Man of Colours. It is fit­ting, given 2012 is the 25th an­niver­sary of Man of Colours and the 30th an­niver­sary of Prim­i­tive Man. Davies says one of the most re­ward­ing up­sides to the band’s come­back is dis­cov­er­ing a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fans. ‘‘A lot of the au­di­ence are younger than the songs them­selves,’’ he says. ‘‘It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary thing at Home­bake to hear these young peo­ple singing the songs back at you from be­gin­ning to end.’’ Davies says they were amazed by the re­sponse they got from other Home­bake artists such as Art vs Sci­ence and Me­gan Wash­ing­ton. ‘‘We came into contact with a younger gen­er­a­tion of per­form­ers,’’ Davies says. ‘‘It was just great hear­ing from them that some­thing I did all those years ago in­flu­enced them and their ca­reer.’’

Ice­house play South­port RSL on Wed­nes­day night. Tick­ets are $55.

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