One of the most under appreciated bands I’ve seen in the last few years is Icarus Himself of Madison, WI. They just seem to keep making outstanding music with no pretense; I’ll look up and realize that they’re back with another dynamic set of songs.
On a whim, I booked them to play a show in Iowa City some two years ago, and on a tranquil Sunday night they rocked the 10 or so of us in attendance out of any potential weekend-ending drowsiness. It was one of those exhilarating performances you never see coming, one of the thrills of living in a small town and taking chances on small bands because the big ones don’t always come. I reconnected with them last December amidst a similarly small crowd at Union Pool. Subsequently their Mexico EP became one of my most listened recordings in early 2011 (it currently sits at #107 on my all-time last.fm album charts – not bad for an EP I’ve had for less than a year!). This band is great; I’d love to see them gain some traction with their second full-length album, Career Culture
They’re offering a stream of the album via Soundcloud today only. Check it out below. The album comes out digitally and on CD and vinyl on Science of Sound Records on Oct. 11.
Byrds of Paradise
Miracles of Modern Science
My Teenage Stride
Pillars and Tongues
The House Floor
The Poison Control Center