The alternative neighborhood where Muse, Mew, Jeff Buckley and Soundgarden all live, has a new inhabitant - the Saami band named Ivvár.
«We’re having a conference and need a band for entertainment at the closing party. Can you put something together?» That’s how it all began, a question, a challenge. Jon Iver accepted, and started writing what would become the first Ivvár songs. There wasn’t a name for the band yet, in fact there wasn’t even a complete band. Just an upcoming show, a few ideas for songs, and a small amount of time to get it all together.
Phone calls were made, e-mails were sent, and eventually it started looking like the show could actually be pulled off. Magnus LK, Steffen and Magnus T came in and completed the band lineup, and together they finished six songs just in time for the show.
People were listening, smiling, dancing - and some even shed a few tears. Muse, and Jeff Buckley were namedropped by the audience. Playing the songs was fun and the chemistry between the musicians on stage was good. It all felt right. This couldn’t end here. It was quickly decided to keep going, so the guys wrote and rehearsed frequently the following weeks and months. More songs came to life, and a distinct sound was starting to become established. The name Ivvár was chosen. Then followed a few local shows and after a while the first festivals and shows in other parts of Norway as well as Finland.
In 2011 they recorded and released the single Zhakralhou, produced by Herman Rundberg of Norwegian pop act Violet Road. They received nice reviews and feedback, and the band felt an even bigger urge to make an entire album than before.
The Sámi Parliament of Norway believed in the project and decided to financially support Ivvár’s first full length studio album. The band started looking for the right studio and crew to work with, a potentially lengthy process in a world filled with great facilities and skilled people. They eventually came to the conclusion that they wanted do it locally, utilizing the great Kysten studio in Tromsø, the city where they are based.
One day an e-mail arrived from Jon Iver’s childhood friend Lasse Kvernmo, who at the time was working on his own musical project in the US. Acclaimed producer and mixer Ben Grosse (30 Seconds to Mars, Marilyn Manson, Sevendust, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Filter, Fuel, Depeche Mode, Ben Folds) had listened to some of Ivvár’s demos and would like to come to Norway and produce their album. This was a chance they just couldn’t pass on and the arrangements were quickly made to book studio time, flights and set up everything for an intense and exciting summer!
It has been a long and eventful journey. A lot has been learned along the way, and now it is finally time to celebrate:
Moonflower is here.