The Icarus Line

Mono

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The similarities between the Icarus Line and another Southern California hardcore band, Drive Like Jehu, are hard not to miss on Mono. While Drive Like Jehu has disbanded, these two bands still share much in common. Both have speedy guitars that can break down into melodies and then burst out of the gates at the drop of a hat. Both have throaty, screamed vocals and odd song titles, with the Icarus Line's "Feed a Cat to Your Cobra" quite possibly being the weirdest. While it may take a while for many music fans to distinguish differences between the two acts, they do exist. The Icarus Line has an extreme fetish with feedback, which they display on such songs as "In Lieu" and "SPMC," yet surprisingly they do it in an almost appealing way. While creating an almost sexy, intoxicating mood in many of their pieces, the Icarus Line are also capable of gearing into a destructive, anxious hardcore. Whether live or on this album, the Icarus Line are going back to the basics of rock & roll and destroying quite a bit along the way.

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