Icarus Had Wings
Icarus Had Wings
The first gig was set up through another well know face around Sketch. This was the humble beginning of Icarus Had Wings. Icarus Had Wings(IHW) first appearance on the Toronto scene came through a show at the now deceased top floor venue at the Big Bop. With Ricardo Elbandito holding up the backend beats and IHW had the first taste of fire on their wings. The band practiced relentlessly trying to fine tune their musical aspirations. Vinicius and Vitus set forth to let Toronto know that they are here as a counter point to a scene that seemed to of missed the mark...
if only slightly. They stalked the open mic circuit; rebels amongst a society obsessed with chasing paper and fame. Lola hosted the band several times. The universe provided the band with a local music supporter, who asked Vinicius to host an open mic at the four60 spadina.
After a week long busking endeavour to Montreal Ricardo had found something that Toronto could not offer; A fair representation of artists. With his mind made he told the band he was leaving as soon as he had organized his affairs. The journey home was made with heavy hearted anticipation as Vitus and Vinicius had decided to forge new bonds in the Toronto scene. It was the summer of 2009 and IHW began to host an open mic night that brought out Toronto's talent; Amelia Leclair, Jon Travis, RedD monkey, Zero Pm, Insufferable Noise Machine, Parillegal, Dr. keys, Lucian Thomas, Caiside, The Jilted Lover's Club and so many more.
It was during this time of transition that Vinicius began to jam with Jaash Singh while Vitus was working with Josue Ariz and Oscar of the Owls nest. In Jaash Singh Icarus Had Wings had located the percussive drive to their grunge influenced blues rock. From this amalgamation of talent the beast of Chernobyl Blues rock was born. Icarus Had Wings hit full gear and began rocking any bill that they could find. Wednesdays stood as a testament to the bands diligence.
They continued to work out of the sketch studio recording acoustic tracks and working on full blown recordings. Calling on Amelia Leclair and other artists, Icarus Had Wings tracked Old Hat (lay) and Between the streets (aside). From here the band recorded a live set at another Holy Joes show. The bill included Blind cats, The Jilted Lover's Club and The Quick Fix.
The Lonely Vagabond had this to say about the show "That was a great set at Holy Joes. The sweltering room was filled with undeniable rock energy." To date the band has rocked these establishments: The Rearview Mirror The Elmacambo the 4sixty Collage Street Bar Lola The Cajun Attic (Ottawa) Celts Duffy's Tavern The Cameron House Holy Joes On The Roxs Grossmans Tavern Central The Poor Alex Albion Hotel (Guelph) All Stars (brampton) Icarus Had Wings has Hosted Events at these Locations: The Four60 Thursday showcase The Four60 Open Mic Wild Wacked Out Wednesdays open mic and jams Holy Joes Showcase The Owls Nest Friday Jam Northern Oasis Lola Gorilla Monsoon However, the fat lady is yet to sing the end of this saga so please check back regularly as this Band continue to fly towards the sun... Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..