Words, video and photos by: Vina Cristobal
Motley crew? Supergroup?
Ivory City could perhaps be defined as both: a group of four talented musicians varying in age, personality and physical appearance, with budding creative careers. The band’s guitarist, Jon Banquil, initially jumpstarted the band two years ago, alongside fellow guitarist Jacob Wong and drummer Jared Tomi. It wasn’t until almost half a year ago, frontman Josh Sharp became a part of Ivory City, formerly known as “The Open Air.”
Since then, the indie-pop/shoegaze quartet has performed at The Republik, Hawaiian Brian’s (which they deem their second home) and Anna O’Briens. Most recently, the band has opened up for electronic rock band AWOLNATION. Now, they’re slated to perform at Urban Outfitters in Waikiki, Surfer the Bar in Kahuku and other venues.
But the highlight of the band’s upcoming appearances thus far? Opening up for The Cure at the Blaisdell in July…because they’re that good.
Taking pages from Coldplay, The 1975 and other indie bands of the past and present, Ivory City’s music is raw, colorful, upbeat, dreamy and passionate – the dancing-in-your-room-alone or chill-with-friends-during-late-night kind of beats. Eventually, Ivory City wants to record music professionally, but for now, the guys are taking it one step at a time.
Watch the video above to learn more about the guys of Ivory City.