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The Icarus Line

The Icarus Line: Penance SoireePenance Soiree (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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I just can't seem to find a stereo loud enough to play this CD correctly. Every time I get the player to full blast, I feel like I need to keep clicking it up a few notches. With their second full length album, The Icarus Line delivers almost a full hour of gritty guitars, distorted bass, poundi.
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I just can't seem to find a stereo loud enough to play this CD correctly. Every time I get the player to full blast, I feel like I need to keep clicking it up a few notches.

With their second full length album, The Icarus Line delivers almost a full hour of gritty guitars, distorted bass, pounding drums, and howling vocals through thirteen tracks cultivated in the original glory of rock n' roll. While the influence of The Stooges blatantly shines through, comparisons to contemporaries like Spiritualized and Queens of the Stone Age could also be made.

Stand out tracks include the grinding "Spit On It," the three song epic "Kiss Like Lizards/Getting Bright At Night/Big Sleep," and the swaggering "White Devil." As soon as the first chord of "Spit On It" explodes from the speakers, you know you have a rocker on your hands. This song makes distorted microphones cool again while restoring your faith in screaming guitar lines. "Kiss Like Lizards" starts out with a 3/4 riff jam session, builds into a rock out noise session, then drops tempo to fade slowly into "Getting Bright At Night." As part two in a three song saga, this nine minute song starts out as a slow bass line until it begins to build with the floor time and the repetition "I won't fall in love anymore." It continues to build for six more minutes until the drums fall out into a climbing bridge, when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it explodes into heavy bass riffs, heavier drums, and spaced out guitars, ending with the repetition of "Never give up on me, baby" until it drops into a feedback from the guitar, and kicks into "Big Sleep." Taking cues from "Getting Bright At Night," the steady, heavy tom rhythm comes in and builds until it breaks into a drum beat that reminds me of the intro to The Who's "Baba O'Reilly." The rest of the song continues to rock until it eats your face. After the first break in music for twenty straight minutes, "White Devil" rips right into a blues-y swagger, complete with wailing saxophone solo.

The near flawless production only polishes the layered song writing. The distinctive fuzz on "Party The Baby Off" tweaks out the track, while the reverb on "White Devil" pushes the spaced out, drugged up swagger that permeates the speakers.

This album leaves you wanting more and wanting it louder. An instant classic. The future of true rock and roll may just lie in the hands of The Icarus Line.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

So Jesse what do you think of the new song "fashion fever"?

http://www.separatethesounds.com/downloads/fashionfever.mp3

prettyvacant (December 13, 2004)

The music is good but the lyrics are pretentious and mediocre at best. I know Joe C., and he tries WAY to hard to be a rock star in suffering.

Anonymous (October 5, 2004)

Originality is an oxymoron in itself, this is something that shoild be clear to all here. Can this argument about 'nothing new since Black Flag' or whatever. It's no secret that Penance Soiree owes a debt to bands like Jesus Mary Chain or whoever you care to mention, but is the ablum any good? For me, it's alright. I prefer the original mix of 'On The Lash' that appeared on the 'Underworld' soundtrack (shit film, good CD, check it out), but tis a good record all the same.

They were shite at Reading this year tho.

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

It must have been some other bands' music on that CD...

-BSD

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

the Icarus Line NEVER sounded like Drive Like Jehu. that's absolutely fucking ludicrous. i say that because i'm a huge fan of both bands and i remember reading that comparison in some review of Mono a few years ago and was completely dumbfounded. it just shows a complete lack of musical knowledge. i'm assuming that's where BSD magically pulled it out of his ass. honestly, why are most vocal about music you've never even heard? it's painfully obvious man.

the icarus line in a nutshell: a mix of the Birthday Party, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Jesus Lizard, and the Stooges.

drive like jehu? no.

-we

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

These guys were off the hizzy when they rocked it as the Kanker Sores a few years back!

stevejonestherealbones (August 14, 2004)

i like indiana jones, so maybe thats why i like this

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 14, 2004)

These guys need some help... the CD is a horrible mess of one really long song (As in it all sounds the sameÖ idiot). The three song ďepicĒ on this CD is more painful to sit through than the Indiana Jones trilogy.

Anonymous (August 14, 2004)

Before it sounded like Suicidal Tendencies, now it's more grounded in being less retro and basically a modern, more distorted, less sloppy thrash/hard hardcore affair with TECHNO DRUMS. Yes, hugely distorted techno drums, and distorted bass and distorted vocals and distorted guitar.

I have a few guitar parts recorded already, and a few drum parts. The problem is mixing them, but that will soon be solved. They're on my CPU, so if you ever want to check them out, my AIM name is ReagansDeadCock.

-BSD

Jesse (August 14, 2004)

That's cool...I guess...give me some sort of overview. I'm interested to know what it's remotely like.

stevejonestherealbones (August 14, 2004)

oh, my mistake. sorry about that.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 14, 2004)

I'm totally re-recording this thing with a different concept from before so I can embarress myself as little as possible. The bass player could barely play the first time and I wasn't as proficient at playing open E chords, either. Nobody but 5 people heard the old demo and they all agreed that it needed some tuning up... Since I watch NYPD Blue and Law and Order all day, it might be a while.

-BSD

Jesse (August 13, 2004)

Too bad the post wasn't about The Icarus Line...bones - shut the fuck up. BSD - I love having you as my arch-enemy. You make me giggle. Seriously dude, I'm waiting for this demo CD...if you don't get it to me by Sept. 10th, you're going to have to send it to my new address in Chicago.

stevejonestherealbones (August 13, 2004)

wow bsd, too bad icarus line dont have long song titles, or else what you wrote still might not be funny. haha

- jones the bones

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

Introducing pop-punk to pretentiously long song titles isn't a good thing.

It's like now I can't even remember song titles... They're entire sentences. Here's my pretentious song title:

"They Spit On The Graves Of Their Masters And Masturbate To Pictures Of the Holocaust (II)"

Our band can be called:

XDead Music Now Has Cred For theX

-BSD

Icapped2pac (August 13, 2004)

And whoever name-dropped Jesus Lizard should check himself. David Yow would eat these trendies like that asian dude on rotten.com eats aborted fetuses.

Icapped2pac (August 13, 2004)

5 stars? Nucka please. Seems like some major dick-ridin goin on in here (as in somebody's giving the Buddy some head).

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

the band that you can't recall the name that you think sucked was the Lot Six. You were not paying attention apparently. Listen to their full length "Major Fables" and you will change your opinion. Or maybe you like the distillers so your opinion is as invalid as that dude from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Barkley

Jesse (August 13, 2004)

News flash - The Distillers suck. They tried to be a punk band, but then decided they would sell more records if they ripped off Hole. As if the original band wasn't bad enough...

If you're taste in music is bad enough to go see The Distillers, chances are you won't like The Icarus Line.

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

yeah i saw these guys with the distillers also. i thought both opening bands for the distillers sucked (forgot the others name) but the icarus line made the other band seem awesome.

fucking awful.

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

oh shit Alexisonfire has a song about cocaine-better watch themselves before they end up like John Holmes> all washed up and Hiv positive. On a more positive note, in two months when Alexisonfire's career is over and they have returned to their jobs @ the local gas station they won't be AS big a laughing stock as Limp Biskit

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)

"I had never heard such a loser band."

Unfortunately my friend if you continue to say/use those words in any type of sentence you will find yourself with less friends than you have now. Who knows what that gargantuan number is at, but be careful-you are walking a tightrope

Barkley

notaclevername (August 13, 2004)

this does rock/groove pretty nicely at times, but overall, it just doesn't have enough venom and speed to rock me like "mono"
...eh, maybe it'll grow on me

Jesse (August 13, 2004)

I agree with you there: punk and hardcore are dead (but to me, punk has always been dead - it never was really alive - but that's a different argument). Also, I've been waiting for a good noise rock band to start. I'll make one with you, BSD. With my hipsterness, and your holier-than-thou punk attitude, we'll rip shit up.

Another thing, D4 has been using long song titles since like 1996.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

Hah! If you actually like The Distillers and dislike The Icarus Line you must be the most retarded piece of asshair in the entire universe. This band has got something so many bands these days lack, and it's not "emo", it's raw fucking power. These guys are rock n' roll, and more punk-rock than all your jock-punk bands put together.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2004)

its amazing how fullfilling my life is . but this website is kinda like a car wreck for me.

- jones the bones

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

Steve, next time you try to incite a flame war (because your life is so useless you post dumb things on the internet just to see what people will say about said dumb things), it's spelled "Monkees".

-BSD

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

I saw them in show w/ distillers and it was awful, I had never heard such a loser band. After 4 or 5 songs everybody was screaming them to get the fuck out of the stage. And they were fuckin right

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2004)

quit jocking the beatles...they got all their shit from the monkeys

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

AnaMorph0sIs (August 12, 2004)

This record kicks ass, but unlike Mono, this doesn't sound like Drive Like Jehu at all. More like a clash between Stooges, Spacemen 3 and The Jesus Lizard, which is fucking amazing if you ask me.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

"You're completely wrong about that one BSD. There are plenty of original ideas out there all over the place. Being able to classify a band into a genre doesn't mean they aren't original. Dillinger Four are thought of as a punk band, but nobody else in the business has lyrics or song titles as clever as them. That's just one counter example."

Sure, there are plenty of lyrics as good as their. And song titles? What do those matter? I for one hate the latest long song title craze. What new is going on musically?

I want a new genre of music, not punk shit. Noise rock, I guess... But that's still just random notes and a screechy singer.

Tell me what our modern equivalent of the Beatles, the Who, and the Rolling Stones are, or even the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Clash. I'll explain to you how many bands did it all before them. Really, I think punk and hardcore have been dead since Black Flag went metal along with Discharge.

-BSD

Jesse (August 12, 2004)

12 bar blues progression, my bad.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

did someone say "12 chord blues progression"? Dude there's only 12 notes. Then they start over again. If you play a song with 12 chords you have just played one of the most unpallateable songs ever. I say one of because I'm almost possitive it's been done before and also because I'm gonna do it soon.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2004)

no one said they made the term up. think before you masterbate

- jones the bones

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

NEITHER BAND MADE UP THE TERM WHITE DEVIL. god you're fucking dense. there are a billion songs in existence. of course some of them are going to have the same name.

Alexisonfire and the Icarus Line are both UTTER CRAP.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

i'm not so sure its about coke...

White Devil
Donít wanna hear about New York.
Donít care who got the big money.
I donít walk towards the light.
I donít count my blessings.
Canít accept my plot in life.
Canít get tired of the fight.
I never count my blessings.
Sheepskin mamma bury your head in the sand.
Shames got you by the earlobes (souls she said).
I donít lie to you. I donít lie to you.
I donít lie itís true.
I donít have any real friends.
I donít live for attention, so fuck you.
I want to see my killing face.
I want to destroy the restless race.
Come on Jackie, tell me your real name.
Donít ever count my blessing.
I donít lie to you. I donít lie to you.

besides...icarus line are good alexis are bad,,, no need for a rumble

Jesse (August 12, 2004)

You're completely wrong about that one BSD. There are plenty of original ideas out there all over the place. Being able to classify a band into a genre doesn't mean they aren't original. Dillinger Four are thought of as a punk band, but nobody else in the business has lyrics or song titles as clever as them. That's just one counter example.

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

Alexisonfire has a song called "White Devil" about cocaine. Now The Icarus Line has a song called "White Devil" which most likely was made while abusing aformentioned substance.

I smell a rumble.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2004)

i have this band that doesnt write music or play music or any of that trendy shit. we are pretty original

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

Pop music (which includes all forms of rock, even extreme metal) has hit a dead end. No new ideas can be formed. There has been no revolution since hip-hop, and that hasn't gone anywhere for a long time, either.

No bands are original.

-BSD

Jesse (August 12, 2004)

BSD, I don't understand your post...

elliot (August 11, 2004)

good album, but these guys were one of the most disappointing bands i've seen in a long time. they were so bad, you have no idea.

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

Well, it just proves that pop music as we know it has hit a dead end. It can't go anywhere else.

And, no, Devo is not the alternative because they made their own instruments.

-BSD

Jd (August 11, 2004)

wow. this site is hilarious. another stellar review.

yellowtrash (August 11, 2004)

Sorry, this album doesn't cut it for me. I'll stick with the MC5.

Jesse (August 11, 2004)

Just because it's on V2 doesn't mean you have to hate it on principle.

This is one of the only bands keeping rock and roll alive today. I mean, we're talking about a band who, when playing at a Hard Rock Cafe, broke open a display case and tried to play Stevie Ray Vaugn's guitar.

It's not inventive. It's not a new style of music. But then again, rock and roll was never about originality. In fact, every early rock and roll song just followed the 12 chord blues progression. Despite what any of you try to say, this is a revitalist record.

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

The score is for BSD's comments about Buddyhead.

Anonymous (August 11, 2004)

No, this is not "edgy" at all like Jesse says. This is just a bullshit band copying Drive Like Jehu. Leave it to Buddyhead to bash every band for being unoriginal, then hail this band as anything more than crap.

This doesn't have "the energy of Black Flag" or the "madness of the Stooges"... If it did, it wouldn't sound like a late 80's college rock album. This shit bores the fuck out of me.

-BSD

stevejonestherealbones (August 11, 2004)

perfect record

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

This record took a while to grow on me, the drums are sick in the first song. It isn't "as" good as the reviewer makes it out to be, it is indeed amazing

Barkley

hungryjoe (August 10, 2004)

I remember reading an online comic where one of the characters went on a rant against the use of the term "instant classic". It *is* a bit of an oxymoron....

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Blood Brothers are not hXc.

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

great record indeed, with bands like this one, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Blood Brothers, hardcore aims for a bright future

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