Test Icicles

Test Icicles Biography

Test Icicles sound like everything, all at once, with little left out. Rory Atwell (25), Sam Merran (20) and Dev Hynes (20) are three restlessly inventive dudes, with divergent backgrounds in hardcore, metal, hardcore metal, and hip-hop. They listen to every conceivable kind of music going, and when they?re done listening to it, they throw it in the pot. No compromises, no faffing, just a swampy mass of influences frothing and bubbling until it sounds nothing like its composite parts.The band began in 2004, almost as a mistake. Rory and Sam spent time hanging out, inventing bands (in the best way possible - name first, songs later) and playing shows on the strength of an afternoon?s songwriting. Dev was enlisted after an earlier incarnation, BALLS (dress code: charity-shop tennis gear), were a man short for a show in Brighton after their singer, Ferry, fled to Indonesia.Shortly after signing to Domino, the trio holed up with James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) and exited with one of the most intriguing debuts of not so recent memory. It's off the hizzle: early Beasties attitude with two hands on the fretboards of pink Ibanez guitars while Big Black?s drum machines keep the time. But don?t take our word for it. Just see what the press are saying about it in the early days:

"Part ear-bleed punk-funk, part old-skool rap. This emaciated London trio are stark, barking brilliant." -- NME "Test Icicles make some of the most thrilling, danceable and forward-thinking music around..." - Artrocker "...brilliant record, putting every conceivable influence through a punk rock blender and making a gloriously messy riot..." -- The Sun "It's an endless mixture of petrifying distortion and destructive noise, a record that should keep you awake for the next decade, because if you shut your eyes for more than a second, Test Icicles will find you and they will kill you." -- The Fly

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