Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Jim Ivins Band “Everything We Wanted” [EP]

Pop rock
Richmond, Virginia pop rockers The Jim Ivins Band have released a new 7 song EP called “Everything We Wanted”, the follow up to their 2009 Ace Enders-produced self-titled set. The EP was produced by fellow Richmond native Pedro Aida (The Riot Before, Ann Berretta, Carbon Leaf), and features “Sight of Fire” as the first single (stream it here).

The Jim Ivins Band formed in 2007 and have been steadily cultivating a large base of fans hungering for their bright acoustic-based rock formula. They have shared the stage with national acts such as Parachute, Carolina Liar, The Rocket Summer, Cracker, The Ataris, Mae, Carbon Leaf, and Pat McGee Band, and showcased at the 2009 Miami Music Festival. “Everything We Wanted” draws inspiration from opening for Switchfoot and The Airborne Toxic Event; consequently, Ivins has dug deeper to carve out more emotional and reflective lyrics.

The EP begins with “Run”, which is driven by Ivins’ trademark acoustic strumming, accentuated with some funky wah pedal in the verses. The chorus is a dream – so bright and sunny you might need to apply sunscreen while listening to it. “The Sight Of Fire” touches on the theme of addiction…and becomes quite the addiction in the process. “Rollercoaster” gets back to the band's sentimental side, touching on the ups and downs permeating our relationships. The EP continues to impresses as it comes to a close with the optimistic rocker “It’s Getting Better” and the contemplative title track. The only dispensable item here is the aimless but thankfully brief “Emergency”.

In short, another big winner for the Jim Ivins Band and a treat for those of us who are missing the heyday of bands like Crowded House, Toad The Wet Sprocket, and Vertical Horizon.

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