London rioters destroy Norwich band’s new album

A Norfolk band member has spoken of how thousands of copies of their debut album were destroyed in the London riots.

Josh Key, 20, from Thorpe St Andrew, is the drummer in pop/rock band Ivyrise, pictured. The four-piece band were due to release their first album on August 22 in CD form and as a download. The CD release had to be put back, however, after 10,000 copies of the album were destroyed when a Sony distribution warehouse in north London was burned to the ground last month. The 200,000 sq ft centre housed the entire inventory of Ivyrise's distributor PIAS UK, the primary distribution hub for more than 150 independent labels.

Former Thorpe St Andrew High School pupil Mr Key said: 'Thankfully, we have a very supportive fan base. Some of them had ordered the album months ago, but they have been really patient. We are really lucky to have such brilliant fans and such a strong fan base.'

Ivyrise, made up of band members Mr Key, Ben Salinski, 26, Dan Tanner, 23, and Mark Nagle, 25, were signed by My Major Company at the end of last year.

Since then, they have released singles Line Up The Stars and Yes To Running.

The new album, which was finally released on CD on Monday, has so far received positive press, including in music magazine Kerrang! Ivyrise will be playing in Norwich at B2, at the Brickmakers in Sprowston Road, on Tuesday, October 20.

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