For indie music lovers, Melbourne-based rockers IV League are quite simply one of those ideal bands, a band destined to make their mark not only in Australia, but also globally. For Bella Venutti and Lachie Gilmour, a pair of collaborators who are very much still in their formative years, they possess a deep understanding of music.
Kneeling at the feet of 90’s-era heroes like Pixies and The Breeders, they still manage to make music that not only draws from their influences, but also creates something that is refreshingly new and unique.
It’s undeniable there’s something special within the vocal stylings of front woman Bella Venutti, simultaneously solid as a rock and sweet as candy. It’s with this versatile outlook to making music that she and her musical partner in crime – Lachie Gilmour (guitars) – strive to meet the grunge ferocity with low key and tender moments with a constant focus on perfect pop vocal hooks.
With their leanings towards the swirlier side of production, a tidy trio of singles have been released, much to the joy of indie-music lovers the world over. ‘Change My Mind’ cracked through Australian national youth broadcaster triple j first and they added it immediately to their playlist and gifted them a spot at Melbourne’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival early in 2017 via their Unearthed platform. The rest of the year saw the band race around the country in record time with kindred spirits Ali Barter and Bec Sandridge and end the year with a bang at Falls Festival in Lorne.
2018 single ‘Superstar’ kicked off a new year and a new cycle for the band, one that saw them with a team for the first time, and rode the wave of momentum that the single created. It was with producer Malcolm Besley (The Creases, City Calm Down) with who they recorded their debut EP. The sessions resulted in another single, albeit a distinct sonic shift, called ‘Lose Me’. Once again, for the third time, the single lept right to rotation on the triple j playlist and received accolades for the fearlessness of the new anthem.
The rest of 2018 was spent touring – they completed a national theatre tour with City Calm Down, played the odd festival, dazzled on the big stage at BIGSOUND and sold out their own east coast tour.
The EP will debut in the first quarter of 2019 and, with what’s been released from it already, it’s clear that IV League are poised to deliver on the consistent hype that surrounds their collegiate name.