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Interview – Icarus The Owl + Stream

Check out the lyric video for ‘Failed Transmission’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, and what is your role in the band?)
Joey Rubenstein and I sing and play guitar!

How did the band start?
I started the band in 2009 with various band members coming and going. Rob joined in 2012 and that’s really when Icarus became what it is today. From that time, we still had a few member changes, but we’ve finally locked it down. We know each other from other bands, except Rob, I stalked him on the internet and asked him to be in the band.

How would you describe your band?
Generally, we are an alternative rock band. However, we have technical instrumentation and some songs that are not in 4/4. We are multi-layered– I think it’s catchy, but maybe after a few listens, you’ll realize there is more to the songs than pop melodies. That’s the hope at least.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?
Skysweeper defines us pretty well. It’s got the noodly guitars, the catchy(hopefully) chorus, and an odd time groovy verse. It’s pretty well-rounded in what each member brings to the table musically. It’s also one I love to play live.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?
I am not going to say we are better than anyone; we just do what we think sounds good and record it. We try to make everything have a melodic purpose. We try to balance what is pleasing to listen to and what is fun for us as musicians to play.

Where are people able to hear your songs?
Spotify and iTunes. We are all over the internets. Also vinyl.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?
We have a tour with Dance Gavin Dance in December. I wish we were coming to AUS sometime soon. I have never been, but it’s somewhere I’ve been dying to go!

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
The first time I heard the final master of our upcoming album. I am so proud of Rearm Circuits. We really went all out on this record.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
VIS, Artifex Pereo, and Vox Vocis

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview!