The Icarus Line
The Icarus Line
Before even playing a single show, the band booked an extensive East Coast tour with Ink & Dagger. The Icarus Line played their first show at The Melody Bar in New Brunswick, New Jersey. On this first tour they sold an untitled "demo tape", which consisted of the four Kanker Sores songs recorded in 1997 for the split release with Treadwell. Shortly after the tour, the band added Alvin DeGuzman on guitar.
This reunited all four surviving members from Kanker Sores, and formed the core of The Icarus Line's lineup as it existed for many years, minus the "revolving door" of drummers. Hellcat records issued the band's first release in 1998. The 7" EP, Highlypuncturingnoisetestingyourabilitytohate, consisted of older songs they'd created while still Kanker Sores. Their next release, the Red And Black Attack EP was released that same year on the New American Dream label. 1999 saw the band release a split 7" with Ink & Dagger, followed shortly by the "Kill Cupid With A Nail File" single on Buddyhead.
2000 found the band finally recording their debut album, Mono, across different sessions with Mark Trombino and Alex Newport. Recording was swift, unpolished, and essentially "live". In 2001, the band embarked on an eight-week tour of Europe, and the "Feed A Cat To Your Cobra" single was released in the UK. A further world tour from May to October followed including dates in Europe, Japan, Australia and the US. That summer, while performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Austin, Texas during SXSW, North smashed a guitar display case and removed one of Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitars, an incident that became infamous.
Jeff Watson quit the band soon after, while Troy Petrey from Toys That Kill replaced him. Two John Peel sessions were recorded, the first while The Icarus Line were in the UK on a two-month tour, and the second while playing the Reading Festival in the summer of 2002. At the end of the year a split 7” with Burning Brides was released featuring covers of two Misfits songs. The second single from Mono, "Love Is Happiness", was released in the UK as a limited edition EP on May 5, 2003. The Icarus Line’s sixth drummer, Troy Petrey, left the band and Jeff ‘The Captain’ Watson returned.
Lance Arnao also left the band and Don Devore took his place on bass. Penance Soiree, The Icarus Line’s second full-length release and first on their new label, V2 Records, was recorded during the summer of 2003 in Hollywood, and mixed in London that Autumn. There was not as much touring this year as previous ones, just a few dates supporting the likes of Primal Scream and A Perfect Circle at the beginning and end of the year. In 2004 Penance Soiree was finally released. Radically different from their debut, the album was clearly influenced by bands such as The Birthday Party and The Stooges. The album also featured a noisy, washed-out guitar sound reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain.
In 2005, Aaron North quit the band and later joined Trent Reznor in Nine Inch Nails. In 2006, the band released an EP called Black Presents. The third full-length titled Black Lives At The Golden Coast came out in May 2007. Due to personal differences, Don Devore was released from the group before the release of the record. Guitarists Jason DeCorse and James Striff joined the band pushing the band toward a more blues based sound compared to the atonal style on Black Lives.
After a world tour with The Lemonheads and Wolfmother they returned to Los Angeles to build a studio (Gang Bang Park), and start a new record with the newest touring line up including Joe Cardamone, Jeff Watson, Alvin DeGuzman, James Striff and Jason DeCorse. In August 2011, the band released the album Wildlife, characterized by the greater prominence of frontman Joe Cardamone, who in addition to lead singer and primary songwriter duties further expanded his responsibilities to include producing and engineering. Wildlife was tracked at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood completing the bands "trilogy" of albums recorded in all three studios on the premises. Greg Gordon engineered the sessions with Bradley Pike assisting. All of the songs were tracked live as group to analog tape.
Overdubs and mixing were completed at Joe Cardamone's home studio in Highland Park, Ca. Having not ever engineered his own mixes the final product was un polished and exploratory. This attempt polarized critics some whom criticized the record for sounding un polished while others applauded the album's intuitive nature. The first single "We Sick" was released on February 23, 2010.
Annie Hardy from Giant Drag is featured on several of the tracks on Wildlife, and also appeared on organ for some of the Los Angeles live performances surrounding the record release. Ariel Pink is also credited making as "Baby Noises" in the liner notes. After the release the band minus James Striff and Jeff Watson embarked on a world tour for most of 2012 touring with Killing Joke. Lance Arnao the groups original bass player reemerged to join the group for the tours and to record what was to become the live in London LP. Jeff Watson was also replaced with Ben Hallet on drums.
Following the UK/European tours The Icarus Line returned to tour the U.S with The Cult culminating in a sold out homecoming show at the Hollywood Palladium. In late 2012, Joe Cardamone, Alvin DeGuzman, Lance Arnao and Ben Hallet began the writing process for the next yet-to-be-titled full-length LP. New songs "Salem Slims" and "Junkadelic" were featured in the 2012 live performances. In August 2014, the band released their seventh full-length album Avowed Slavery. In October 2015, the band released their eighth full-length album All Things Under Heaven. After DeGuzman was stricken with cancer and becoming disillusioned touring with Scott Weiland, Joe Cardamone quietly disbanded the group at the end of 2015. Since then, Joe Cardamone has gone solo. British newspaper The Guardian called them the greatest rock group of the 21st century: "Cult heroes: the Icarus Line – electrifying, provocative rock'n'roll of now - Death threats, doomed acts, audience-baiting: the exploits have overshadowed the music at times. But they are still the greatest rock group of the 21st century" Discography EPs Highlypuncturingnoisetestingyourabilitytohate EP (1998) Red and Black Attack EP (1998) Three Jesus Songs EP (2003) Black Presents EP (2006) Albums Mono (2001) Penance Soiree (2004) Black Lives at the Golden Coast (2007) Wildlife (August 2011) Live in London (April 2012) Slave Vows (Aug 2013) Avowed Slavery (Aug 2014) All Things Under Heaven (Oct 2015) Singles "Kill Cupid With A Nail File" (2000) "Feed A Cat To Your Cobra" (2001) "Love Is Happiness" (2003) "Up Against The Wall, Motherfuckers" (2004) "Party The Baby Off" (2004) "On The Lash" (2004) "Gets Paid" (2007) "We Sick" / "Holy Man" (2010) "Bad Bloods" / "Slow Death" (2012) Splits w/ Ink & Dagger (We're Never Gonna Make It) (1998) w/ Burning Brides (Angelfuck) (2002) w/ Pen Expers (Raise Your Crown) (2011) Read more on Last.fm.
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