The Icarus Line Biography
The Los Angeles-born and raised band formed as teenagers in the late 90’s and released a handful of 7“‘s, EP’s, and two full-lengths that propelled them out of the West Coast underground scene and into the national spotlight. Two turbulent years have passed since their last disc, Penance Soirée, was released and the band - singer and songwriter Cardamone, guitarist Alvin DuGuzman, drummer Jeff “The Captain” Watson, guitarist James Striff and bassist Jason Decorse – has emerged with a renewed sense of mission.
One of the more noticeable changes is that Cardamone’s vocals are center stage, no longer solely wrapped up in the tone and texture of the songs. “I wanted to talk about real people in a way that I don’t hear in popular music, outside of hip-hop,” the singer says. “Black Lives… is dedicated our circle of friends – it’s a document of this dark era that we’ve all been living through for the last couple of years.”
Black Lives at the Golden Coast is populated with addictive vignettes of damage and decadence that a more confident Cardamone and company lash out against with brutal rhythmic force and muscular, distortion-fueled guitar attacks. On “Kingdom” and “Golden Rush” the band’s punk roots rise up through the oppressive tales with a roar of squalling noise that is only slightly balanced by melodic, near art-pop tracks like “Gets Paid” and “Fshn Fvr.”
Like all previous Icarus Line output (with the exception of Penance Soiree) the band recorded Black Lives At The Golden Coast entirely on tape. The majority of the album was recorded at legendary Sunset Sound and was produced by Mike Musmanno and as Cardamone sums up, “We’re a different band than we were two years ago and Black Lives is the closest we’ve ever come to sounding exactly like we’ve always wanted to.”