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Album Review: The Ivins – “The Code Duello”

The Ivins will release their debut album, "The Code Duello," on April 28.

The Code Duello is the debut full-length album by Jack and Jim Ivins, also known as The Ivins.

The first single from The Code Duello titled “Stockholm Syndrome,” tells the story of living through an emotionally damaging relationship. The track has an awesome, raunchy bass line and fast drumming (think late-90’s or early-00’s grunge music) under a cool falsetto voice.

One stand-out track on the album, “Tell Me,” is the story of a plane crash Jim Ivins was almost in on the way back from a weekend of college visits as a teenager. The track is everything he was thinking on the plane:, everything from the love he never found (“I couldn’t tell the wife I never had goodbye”) to thoughts of his own mortality.

Musically, “Tell Me” has a groovy bass track and an almost-jazz guitar sound with soft drumming that makes the depressing content almost sound upbeat.

The only love song on the album, “Roam The World,” sounds about as far from a love song as you can imagine. The song has a very Alice In Chains sound, with multi-part harmonies set over heavy guitars.

During an interview with Altwire, singer/guitarist Jim Ivins said the term “immediate” was used quite frequently during the production of the album. Most of the tracks on the album are under three minutes long. This leads to one of the drawbacks of the album: It goes by really quickly, and after a short while, all of the tracks sort of seem to mesh together. If it weren’t for the break between songs, I would have had a hard time keeping up.

The Code Duello will be released on April 28. In anticipation, Jim Ivins has been offering followers an inside look into several of their tracks in a blog he calls the “’Cracking The Code’ Diaries,” which can be found on their website at www.theivins.com.

Related: After “Music Industry Nonsense,” The Ivins Prepare To Release New Album

[AltWire Interview] After “Music Industry Nonsense,” The Ivins Prepare To Release New Album

After relocating several times and dealing with managers and record deals falling through, The Ivins prepare to release their first album.

“The Ivins” is the musical brainchild of brothers Jim and Jack Ivins. The brothers, along with guitarist Hatton Taylor and Regan Akers, are less than two weeks away from releasing The Code Duello, their full-length debut album.

The road getting here has not been easy for the brothers. They began production on their album in 2013, after moving from Richmond, Virg. to New York City.

The History

“Over the course of the last three and a half years, we’ve had a couple of record deals come and go, managers, lawyers, everything,” said vocalist/guitarist Jim Ivins. “It’s basically just kind of put the album in limbo for a long time.”

In 2014, the Ivins brothers relocated from New York City back to Virginia. This past fall, they moved to Nashville, TN at the suggestion of their manager.

“We signed with a manager and he told us to leave New York,” said Ivins. “He thought it would look better if we broke out of our home state of Virginia. The amount of bands that you hear about breaking out of Virginia is extremely small, so we thought it would give us kind of a unique edge if we moved out of Virginia.”

Ivins also added that New York was “insanely expensive.” He also added that the move to Nashville has been beneficial due to a growing rock scene.

In addition to relocating several times, the brothers have also dealt with industry-related problems. Over the course of the past three and a half years, they’ve had several record deals, managers and representation fall through.

“The industry is in this weird place where a lot of industry insiders just don’t believe that people still like rock music,” said Ivins. “A lot of people have decided that pop music is the only thing left and if you sign a rock band, you’re basically signing your death certificate.”

As a result of this, the album sat in limbo. Ivins says that whatever momentum they had built up in New York was lost due to operating in a minimal capacity.

“We would play shows and what would always happen to us was people would come up to us at the merch tables and be like ‘I really love your band, where can I get your music?’ and we’d be like ‘You can’t.’”

After the last manager and record deal fell through, the brothers decided it was time to move to Nashville.

“Once we got to Nashville and we were around all the music going on here, we were just totally invigorated by the energy and wanted to be able to make our mark,” said Ivins.  “As such, having no more commitments to anyone other than ourselves at this point, this fall/winter we set about officially wrapping the album with new mixes and a few re-recording touch ups.”

Vins says he and the rest of the group are excited to make their own lane in the Nashville music scene.

The Album

Once they began working on the album, “immediate” was a term that was commonly thrown around.

“People in 2017, the attention span is so low, listening to new bands and listening to music in general, so it’s like, you’ve gotta get people’s attention right away. Because if you don’t, there’s a million other bands they could listen to.”

According to Ivins, only two or three of the songs on the 13-track album even break four minutes long.

The album, named The Code Duello, is named after an ethics code for duelists.

“We had the title before we made the album,” said Ivins. “Jack has a Master’s Degree in Southern History. When he was doing some of his studies, he stumbled upon this term … As the record kept being made and we kept having these music industry one step forward, two steps back experiences, the title kept becoming more appropriate for what the album was about and what we were going through at the time.”

Jim Ivins describes the album, which will be released April 28, is “a 3 a.m. album”, describing the vibe of the music “as the sound of walking through the Lower East Side of Manhattan, inebriated and wearing sunglasses.”

“A lot of the album has to deal with the struggle to get it made,” said Ivins. “There’s songs about overcoming what society thinks we should be doing as career musicians … there’s a song about a plane crash that I was almost in, there’s a song about Jack and I’s mom dying … It’s a pretty dark album.”

The album will be released on April 28. Check out The Ivins’ single “Stockholm Syndrome” here:

SOUNDGARDEN Streams Previously Unreleased Song “Twin Tower”

SOUNDGARDEN fans are getting a little sneak peek treat today as they await the November 24th release of their 3-CD rarities collection “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path”. The band has posted a new, previously unreleased streaming song, “Twin Tower”, to their VEVO account.

Along with “Twin Tower”, there will be seven other unreleased tracks on the album collection including the recently recorded “Storm” which was produced in Seattle this past May by Jack Endino.

Guitarist Kim Thayil hand-selected which tracks would appear on the collection, taking in everything from B-sides to instrumentals and covers. “Echo of Miles” will contain tracks from across the band’s 26-year career, capturing their evolution across time. Thayvil says: “As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost twenty of them to the mid-Nineties!”

The album art features three separate mini-jackets, a booklet, and inserts allowing you to mix and match your own album layout. The entire package was designed by Josh Graham.

You can pre-order “Echo of Miles” from Soundgardenworld.com with your option of several different bundles to receive an instant download of “Storm”.

“Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path” track listing:

CD 1 – Originals (SOUNDGARDEN-written songs, mainly B-sides, in addition to two unreleased songs, “Kristi” and “Storm”.)

01.Sub Pop Rock City
02. Toy Box
03. Heretic
04. Fresh Deadly Roses
05. HIV Baby
06. Cold Bitch
07. Show Me
08. She’s A Politician
09. Birth Ritual
10. She Likes Surprises
11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
12. Exit Stonehenge
13. Blind Dogs
14. Bleed Together
15. Black Rain
16. Live To Rise
17. Kristi*
18. Storm*

CD 2 – Covers (Songs written by bands that SOUNDGARDEN love and admire, from THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES, THE DOORS to THE STOOGES, the RAMONES and DEVO.)

01.Swallow My Pride
02. Smokestack Lightnin’
03. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
04. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions)*
05. Come Together
06. Stray Cat Blues
07. Into The Void (Sealth)
08. Girl U Want
09. Touch Me
10. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
11. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
12. I Can’t Give You Anything (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
13. I Don’t Care About You (Friday Rock Show BBC Sessions)
14. Waiting For The Sun (Live)
15. Search And Destroy (Live)
16. Big Bottom (Live)
17. Earache My Eye (Live)

CD 3 – Oddities (Instrumentals, remixes and demos, including Steve Fisk’s unreleased “The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)”, “Twin Tower”, penned by Matt Cameron, which was originally recorded at Seattle’s London Bridge studio in December 1988 during the sessions for “Louder Than Love”, and “Night Surf”, an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd.)

01.Twin Tower*
02. Jerry Garcia’s Finger
03. Ghostmotorfinger
04. Night Surf*
05. A Splice Of Space Jam
06. The Telephantasm
07. Black Days III
08. Karaoke
09. Fopp (Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix)
10. Big Dumb Sex (Dub Version)
11. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
12. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino’s Back Remix)
13. Dusty (Moby Remix)
14. The Telephantasm (Steve Fisk 2014 Remix)*
15. One Minute Of Silence

* denotes previously unreleased tracks

The song “Twin Tower” can be streamed below.