From the days of gracing the Warped Tour stages to their latest headlining tour, Icon For Hire has been through quite a journey fighting for themselves and the creativity that they stand for.
You Can’t Kill Us, the third full length from the Decatur, Illinois duo sees the band back fully independent – YCKU itself in result of a Kickstarter campaign that lead to the album’s inception.The title itself A perfect match of reciprocation between the love of the fans and the band who is literally putting their all into their music.
The Studio at Webster Hall is definitely short on space, but huge on the intimacy of a power of the show. Many fans dawned dyed hair and gloves with the fingers cut out to get to the front of the show.
Before Stitched Up Heart’s set, there were some loyal fans in the front who wanted to give a high-five to lead singer Alecia Demner. Their set was highly energetic comprised of the band performing a short set of their songs from their latest album, Never Alone. Synchronized headbanging, gang vocals from the crowd, and crowd surfing were catalysts to warm up the crowd who were equally enthused to see this band as well.
Icon For Hire lead their energetic set with a neon display in the background that cascaded multiple colors throughout the stage. There were sometimes dark accentuated the intensity of both guitarist Shawn Jump and vocalist Ariel Bloomer. During the first song, “Supposed To Be,” both Bloomer and Jump took turns being interactive with the crowd. Most of the set list were comprised of songs from their latest album, which is mixed with equals parts hard rock and electronics.
“You Can’t Kill Us” seems to be more than a title for an album, it’s a mantra for a band that will not stay dead no matter what is thrown at them. The ever changing landscape of the music industry lends itself well to bands who want to be their own entity. Icon For Hire’s new chapter is headed in that direction with new music and a new sense of purpose.