‘BROKEN’: Victorian newcomers Ivy Black reclaim the pop-punk music scene with debut EP

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‘BROKEN’: Victorian newcomers Ivy Black reclaim the pop-punk music scene with debut EP

Words by Alex Callan

Ivy Black have taken the pop-punk scenes cornerstones of community, angst and energy and are driving the genre forward for 2022 and beyond.

Considering their short tenure as a group, Ivy Black have quickly been making a name for themselves – and with a sound rooted in the modern resurgence of pop-punk and an energetic presence that’ll resonate in a live setting, it’s easy to see why. 

Varying between vibrant pop-punk numbers and emotionally charged emo power ballads, their debut EP, BROKEN, acts as the perfect introduction to why the Swan Hill-based newcomers are a local act to keep an eye on. 

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With a sound reminiscent of Yours Truly and Stand Atlantic, ‘Lonely’ feels destined to become an anthem for the crowds at UNIFY Gathering. With the opener impressively contrasting drawn-out intervals with rapidly spouted vocals and shoegaze-inspired metal riffs, it’s a blistering introduction that adopts the aggression of The Donnas with the playful wit of Olivia Rodrigo.  

In one of the EP’s most telling moments, ‘misery’, vocalist Shannon Bishop introspectively unpacks her own issues with mental health in a stripped-back ballad that’s reminiscent of Tonight Alive’s ‘Amelia’. ‘TROUBLE’, on the other hand, is ruled by groove-laden basslines and powerful crescendos.  

Upon listening to BROKEN, it’s pretty evident why Ivy Black are in line for a rapid rise to success, with the Swan Hill locals proving that from the get-go, they have something refreshing to offer the Australian pop-punk community.

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