Cliff and Ivy is based in Anchorage, Alaska. Cliff and Ivy deliver a danceable goth rock and futuristic electronic industrial sound with a punk edge. Although the music scene in the frozen north is small, winters are hard, making writing and rehearsing a matter of creative survival. Cliff and Ivy have written and performed together for over 20 years. Their background includes playing in the local hardcore punk and goth scenes in NY/NJ, and northern CA.
Their sound involves rhythmic brazen industrial synth contrasted with classical-esque piano hooks. The guitar and bass have a full sound with organic qualities. Vocal delivery includes harmonies and hooks, and spoken lyric segments which sit somewhere between rap and spoken word, and could stand alone as poetic imagery without music. Lyric development is extensive and has been understood by the audience as political post apocalyptic prophecy.
Cliff and Ivy's inspiration comes from art, punk, hardcore, old school goth and EBM, no wave, industrial music, tribal music, current events and unwritten history. Cliff and Ivy have been compared to The Prodigy, Killing Joke, Ministry, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, with a hint of No Doubt and Garbage.
Cliff and Ivy have toured in the LA area and east coast USA. The live stage set includes 6 touring band members.
Cliff and Ivy's touring drummer is Don Bolles (The Germs, 45 Grave).
Equilux was written in Alaska and recorded in Los Angeles. Prior to its release day, Equilux charted in the top 10 of the College Music Journal (CMJ) for the week of Aug 19-25, 2012 at WRSU Rutgers Radio (Rutgers College radio station, New Jersey).
Equilux has received great reviews, available in the press section.
Originally from the east coast, with roots in the NY/NJ hardcore punk DIY scene, Cliff and Ivy have been involved in the Anchorage music scene since 1995. Previous projects include Parallax1, which brought electronic experimental noise and circuit bent sounds to the theater stage, the museum, the streets and the bars. Parallax1 released 3 CDs and were included on numerous compilations including Invisible Records/Underground Incorporated Notes from the Real Underground. Parallax1 toured the east coast including PA, NJ and NY, playing at CBGBs.