Iva whole new fan base
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.