“Hola. Welcome to being completely f**ked”. This was my first introduction to the bold and mighty return of the Icarus Line. The opening words from the press release, mainly penned by front man Joe Cardamone, spit off the page like a catherine wheel of attitude. What else could you expect from the founder of one of the hardest, and most caustic bands to come out of LA since Guns N’ Roses (when they were relevant, that is). It’s been a long time coming but finally, after 4 years of line up changes and tantrums, the Icarus Line are back with a new album, Wildlife… and a whaka-load of live shows. Following on from 2007’s Black Lives at the Golden Coast, the new album crunches together hard blues riffing with a tidal wave of slick punk rock. In case you’ve not been formally introduced, Joe Cardamone and Aaron North (co-founder of Buddyhead), started thrashing out in LA clubs back in 1998 and since North’s departure in 2004, Cardamone has gripped the reigns of the band, steering it in directions that swerve anywhere from Iggy and the Stooges to the Birthday Party to old school Led Zeppelin, with a pretty hefty amount of “fuck you” charisma added in for good measure. Never let it be said that the Icarus Line shy away from doing exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it, and if the new album is anything to go by, you can be sure that is going to continue.
Here’s a little taste of what we’re talking about in the form of the opening two tracks from Wildlife:
The band’s incendiary live performances have gone down in local legend, including one show at the London Astoria when Joe Cardamone psyched-up the entire sold-out crowd to chant “Fuck Rival Schools!, Fuck Rival Schools!” until the headline band came on stage. The band was Rival Schools, by the way. The Icarus Line brings it’s unique brand of live ruckus is to the UK this October, so come on down and get your ears assaulted. Just don’t bring your granny.
The Icarus Line release a double A-side 7″ featuring a non-album version of Bad Blood and a cover of The Flamin’ Groovies’ Slow Death on 7 November. You can hear the cover version right here thanks to those lovely people at The Quietus.
The Icarus Line UK shows:
9 – Oct – Southampton – Joiners Arms
10-Oct – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
11-Oct – Manchester – Ruby Lounge
12-Oct – Glasgow – King Tuts
13-Oct – Wakefield – The Hop
14-Oct – London – Lexington
15-Oct – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (Brainwash Fest.)