Lining Up Something New
Can you hear them? Parents across the country are listening to their kidâ€šÃ„Ã´s music and saying, â€šÃ„ÃºI remember when this stuff was huge in the 70â€šÃ„Ã´s!â€šÃ„Ã¹ So spawned the reincarnation of the (for lack of a better description) â€šÃ„Ãºgarage-rockâ€šÃ„Ã¹ bands, spearheaded by the White Stripes and the Strokes, along with a slew of other â€šÃ„Ã²familiar-soundingâ€šÃ„Ã´ bands; many of whom used to preside over the eclectic college music circuit. So it makes plenty of sense why Icarus Line is signed to a major label contract, what with the economically slumping music industryâ€šÃ„Ã´s effort to â€šÃ„Ã²strike while the iron is hot.â€šÃ„Ã´ Although Penance Soiree certainly does have elements of 70â€šÃ„Ã´s psychedelic rock, the plethora of different styles showcased on the album might force critics to put the band into an entirely new genre; angry robot rock.Most bands just shouldnâ€šÃ„Ã´t mix musical styles, pure and simple. The utter chaos and sometimes resulting amateur sound is enough to turn off the stereo and send kids running back to Linkin Park. Good thing Icarus Line arenâ€šÃ„Ã´t most bands. The lively and infectious, electronic-meets-garage rock-meets-industrial experiment that is Penance Soiree, quickly meanders itâ€šÃ„Ã´s way from confusion to kick ass. â€šÃ„ÃºUp Against The Wallâ€šÃ„Ã¹ starts things off with a hazy, electronic intro, before a pounding, catchy bass grabs your throat and simple, yet pristine vocals shake you up a bit more. But the mishmash of sounds manages to have a steadying degree of musical noteworthiness and holds your attention throughout, despite such setbacks like â€šÃ„ÃºMeat Makerâ€šÃ„Ã¹ where it seems the band is trying a bit too hard, yet overall this angry robot of a band begrudgingly kicks and powers their way to push rock just a bit further.