THE ICARUS LINE
The Icarus Line was formed from the remaining members of proto-punk band
KankerSores in 1998 when their drummer was tragically killed in a car accident.
The next year, Cardamone recruited the "Nooch" to do a supporting US tour under
the name "No Hearts Hurt" which was later changed to The Icarus Line.
Shortly after forming, the band recorded two eps; the first 7" being
Highlypuncturingnoisetestingyourabilitytohate released on Hellcat Records.
With these releases, the band showcased a Post-hardcore sound featuring heavy
non-sequential riffs and harshly sung vocals. The Icarus Line toured briefly
supporting various other artists (including Ink & Dagger, whose lead guitarist
Don Devore would later go on to join The Icarus Line). The next EP release
Red And Black Attack was put out by the very short-lived New A.D. label,
which was a subsidiary of Liberation Records. The name of the EP stems from the
"uniform" the band adopted for their shows; dressed in all black with the
exception of a red necktie. These songs were tracked at the same studio and
session (Room 222; engineered by James Bennett)as the first EP. The Icarus Line
proceeded to tour once again in support for the new EP. In 2000, at a
Valentine's Day show, The Icarus Line released
Kill Cupid With A Nail File on Buddyhead Records.
By the time the band began recording their first debut album,
Mono,, they had already gone through four different drummers. With drummer
Aaron Austin resigning to join Northern California band Powerhouse, the drum
throne was succeeded first by John Guerra, then Mile Felix, and finally Jeff
"The Captain" Watson. With the recently recruited Jeff Watson on drums, the band
recorded Mono (initially at Rotund Rascal studios with Mark Trombino and
subsequently with overdubs and final mixing with Alex Newport) and began a two
year world tour in support of it. Shortly after the tour began at a show in
Texas, Aaron North at the "Hard Rock" club broke into a glass case using a mic
stand to take out the guitar inside, and then attempted to plug it in and play
it. Unbeknownst to the band, the guitar had once belonged to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The incident was widely reported in rock journalism circles and earned the band
a large amount of hate from Texans who even went so far as to send death
threats. It was also during this time that Jeff Watson quit the band to pursue
other interests and was replaced by Troy Petrey. The band gained a large amount
of new fans when they played the Reading festival in August 2002. Several songs
from their set were broadcast by John Peel to many who had never heard of the
band before. The Icarus Line also gathered a large following in Japan after
playing at the Summer Sonic festival in October of that same year. Mono was soon
released domestically in Japan after this.
In 2003, an EP titled
Three Jesus Songs was put out to promote the upcoming second album. The EP
featured two entirely new songs plus one (Kiss Like Lizards) that had been
played live during the tour in support for Mono. Three Jesus Songs also debuted
new bassist Don Devore, who had been a member of
Hardcore band Frail. In 2004, the bands second album,
Penance Soiree was released and the band began another two year tour in
support of the new album.
After the conclusion of the tour, Aaron North left the band. North played
solo shows in Los Angeles clubs before forming a new band.
Black Presents was released, an EP on
Dim Mak Records. During this time, the band played in a single guitarist
format. In 2007, The Icarus Line released
Black Lives At The Golden Coast. Shortly before the tour in support of the
album, the new Icarus Line live line-up featured James Striff and Jason DeCorse
on guitars. Currently, The Icarus Line are nearing completion of final mixing
and editing for the upcoming album, "Pain Free," to be released this year under
the new Smash Hits imprint. As always, the band is promising a record that will
surpass its predecessors to a great extent