Over the course of Ivy's 10-year career, the band has recorded and released music for numerous labels, including Atlantic, Nettwerk, and Minty Fresh. It seems all that moving around has prompted the band's Andy Chase to start his own label. The multi-instrumentalist formed Unfiltered Records and this week, the label dropped three classic Ivy releases and Chase's side project, Brookville. 1994's Lately EP, 1995's Realistic and 1997's Apartment Life make up the three Ivy rereleases. "It's one thing to say it and another thing to actually be running a label," Chase told Billboard. "It's a good idea in theory, but we'll see how it pans out in practice.
Brookville's debut, Wonderfully Nothing, is basically an Andy Chase solo record with a number of collaborative efforts from such artists as singer/songwriter Eric Matthews, James Iha, French pop outfit Autour de Lucie, and They Might Be Giants' Danny Weinkauf. The album is bit more left-of-center than Ivy's brilliant pop excursions, but definitely worth checking out. The forthcoming Player .046 features the Brookville track "Summer Parade," so keep an eye out. The band will also be touring this fall. We'll keep you posted.
With Chase busy with Brookville and Ivy's Adam Schlesinger recording and on tour with his side project Fountains Of Wayne, you'd think that new Ivy music is a long way off. However, Ivy has actually found time to get about half way through a new record. Chase hopes to release it early next year, ending the bands commitment to Nettwerk. He then hopes to make Unfiltered Ivy's permanent home.