Hailing from California, lead singer Matt Ernst and drummer Ethan Wallace brought their respective talents to New Orleans, where their love child, Dana Ives, was born. In 2022, Louisiana bassist Taylor Law joined the group.
Dana Ives is best described as the musical sweet spot where lucid, screeching guitar melodies lay overtop aggressively raw drums and vocals, providing the perfect marriage of indie-rock and post-punk.
The band's sound reflects Ernst's upbringing in the Los Angeles garage-rock circuit and Wallace's experience drumming in the California hardcore scene. Combined with Law’s raw, aggressive bass techniques and the band’s love for synthesizers and samples, Dana Ives creates a unique and dynamic experience that separates them from other alternative-rock bands.
Dana Ives regularly performs in New Orleans and has several festivals and US tours on their list of accomplishments. Their August 2022 record, So Happy It’s Time, marks a higher level of aggression and rhythm not heard in full form on their previous work.