The Icarus Line – “No Money Music” Music Video
The Icarus Line are a very rare breed… an uncompromising rock n’ roll band, something that seems to be all but extinct these days of our post apocalyptic music industry. They’re in the void once again yet they’ve never been needed more. The Icarus Line’s sound isn’t one of a punk band in the classic sense, yet at times it feels like they are the only punk band left standing. Always reinventing themselves with every record, their fifth studio full length “Slave Vows” finds our favorite shape-shifting Los Angeles weirdo rockers with their most furious and yet most refined selection of songs to date.
“Slave Vows” isn’t for the weak hearted by any means. Case in point, the ten minute opener ‘Dark Circles’. It starts sombre and builds, weeding out the posers in the process. But then again would you expect anything less from an outsider band that can’t stop moving like The Icarus Line?
Not since their 2004 major label debut, “Penance Soiree”, has the band sounded this alive. Self-recorded in Burbank, California by front-man Joe Cardamone at his Valley Recording Studio (and released via the UK based Agitated Records), “Slave Vows” is a the beginning of a new chapter for The Icarus Line. For starters, it’s the band’s first record to be overwhelmingly embraced by the music press with flattering praise from the likes of Mojo, The Quietus, NME, Alternative Press, Drowned In Sound, Slant Magazine, Pop Matters, Clash Music and others. I have yet to see a bad review yet… Where’s your review SPIN “MAGAZINE”? Vice? Rolling Stoner? Eh? Pitchfork? Take a break from blow Fun and step up posers.
The seizure enducing “No Money Music” clocks in under two minutes, but despite having very little time Joe Cardamone and band get their point across just fine. The music industry is fucked! Yelping, howling and screaming over a pulsating beat that would give Alan Vega a hard-on, Mr. Cardamone spits:
“White people are fucking sick / This ain’t no rodeo / There ain’t no radio / Another dog eat pony show / Made some bread today gone by tomorrow / Here come the police with open arms / They got sack full of reasons / They gonna sound the alarm / Singing no money music / Baby sing the blues”
Baby sing the blues indeed! There might not be any money left in music let alone very many honest rock n’ roll bands such as these geezers… but at least we do have The Icarus Line soldiering on for us despite all that. As long as the world has records like this I can keep telling myself that maybe everything is gonna be ok.
Music video directed by Lance Arnao (AKA Bass Cop).
The Icarus Line will be playing live at the following locations…
7th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles W/ The Cult
29th – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
30th – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
2nd – The Hope, Brighton
3rd – Deaf Institute, Manchester
4th – Exchange, Bristol
5th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds