The Icarus Line
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The Icarus Line was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1998 with Joe Cardamone on vocals, Aaron North on guitar, Lance Arnao on bass and Aaron Austin on drums. After their first tour they added Alvin DeGuzman as a second guitarist. At this time they released their first 7 inch EP Highlypuncturingnoisetestingyourabilitytohate on Hellcat Records. They released the Red and Black Attack EP later that year. Between 1998 and 2000 the band went through 4 different drummers. With their fourth drummer, Mike Felix, the band recorded songs for a split 7 inch with Ink & Dagger, and a single entitled Kill Cupid With a Nailfile for Los Angeles record label Buddyhead records which was (and still is) co-owned by North.Read More...
Shortly after, Felix left the band and was replaced by Jeff Watson on drums. In 2000 they recorded their first full-length album, Mono, which was also released on Buddyhead records. Mono was regarded by critics as a fresh take on punk and was influenced by such bands as Born Against and The Jesus Lizard.
The band spent the next two years touring to support the album. By 2003, Watson had exited the band and was replaced by their sixth drummer, Troy Petrey. With this lineup the band recorded a number of songs, including a split release with Burning Brides. Later that year, Watson returned to the band, and Arnao had been kicked out and replaced by Don Devore on bass. Devore was formerly a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rock/punk band Ink & Dagger which also released some albums on Buddyhead records.
In 2004 the band released their second full-length album, Penance Soiree. Radically different from their debut, the album was clearly influenced by bands such as The Birthday Party (band) and The Stooges. The album also featured a noisy, washed-out guitar sound reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain. In the year 2005, Aaron North left the band and later joined Trent Reznor in the reformed version of Nine Inch Nails.
In 2006, the band released a new track on their MySpace profile, which was then officially released in November along with 3 other tracks on an EP called Black Presents. The third full-length titled "Black Lives At The Golden Coast" came out in May 2007 to mass critical acclaim. Guitarists Jason Decorse and James Striff joined the band pushing the bands sound toward a more arrogant sound. Most live footage of the band from this period show progression toward a dual guitar chemistry. After a world tour they returned to Los Angeles to build a studio(Gang Bang Park) and start sessions for two new records. The first, entitled "WildLife" is set to be released early 2009.
The Icarus Line is particularly well-known for their on-stage and off-stage actions which show their sense of bravado and anti-mainstream sentiment.
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- LyricsFeel like somethings always been wrong
Love of life is hitting way too strong
May be we were born too late
May be not born at all
Let's try and cure your latest pains
- LyricsThis is a list in no particular order of the things that can keep a man stuck inside the fear of outside.
The cannibal clerks that make mistakes only to blame themselves on you.
Grease in the palms of giant companies that should be building bombs.
Fastback frills that curdle over weeks give me the chills.
- LyricsFell down this old road and I dont care
If you roll on your sides, I seen a ghost
In the future, sometimes it gets hard to hide
If you need somethin', dont let me know
Subtle substance control turns to overflow
- LyricsLooking like she needs a miracle, out here so late just looking for a drug.
Give her something so she can fall in love. True love hits like death from above.
Let's dance to the beat of a different drug. She wants to feel real.
Let's get protection out of thin air. We sell injection. Give me perfection.
I'll sleep on the floor. Tell them you were alone. They'll call you a whore.
- LyricsKissing on the face of girls that never trusted you.
Confession from the kid who claimed he killed the queen.
I want to feel sorry for you but both of us know
these days pass so slow. So I'm burning everything I own
as if I owe you anything. Ripping down all the flesh from bone
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