So serious, they are. Icarus Line have always trumpeted squawk over rock convention, but Penance Soiree jacks that ante from the very first measure of "Up Against the Wall.
There's post-punk in here Donner Pour Donner - Elton John - To Be Continued. that angularness that's the rage with operators too cool for things like "smelling nice" and "having a job. But Penance Soiree might also have true and valorous mass appeal, a shelf life past its buzz as an export from the land of inky black hair styles.
Don't doubt it: Icarus Line are crazy. But listen to that melodic Big Sleep - The Icarus Line - Penance Soirée in "Spike Island," and the way its guitars roar and teeter for an unavoidable groove -- this isn't the inaccessible intellectualism of Mars Voltaor Liars ' distempered noise quackery.
No, Icarus Line are uniters, not dividers. Even when "On the Lash" loses interest in its cracked psychedelia and rides Cardamone 's reverbed wail into a pile of ridiculous static muck, it reengages with fresh crackling fury.
The rest of Soiree is no slouch, either, cleverly weaving between the cones of insularity and throbbing accessibility. As serious as things get on Penance Soiree and the choppy "Spit On" gets pretty seriousthere's Stanley Clarke - Hideaway happily nagging notion that Icarus Line just want to entertain, and that they're damn good at it.
The notion pays off in the last Big Sleep - The Icarus Line - Penance Soirée minutes. Rex classic rock with a message for the kids: "Tonight, take off all your clothes.
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