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The Icarus Line, Slave Vows
(Agitated Records)

08/08/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/8/2013 - I don’t know which thing makes this L.A. rawk-tet more cool — maybe it’s the fact that the band’s much-acclaimed 2000 LP Penance Soiree was so low-slung and slithery it made Jet look like the accounting team at Best Buy. Or maybe when they smashed a display case containing a Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar. No, I’ve decided: it was when they tagged the Strokes’ tour bus with graffiti. All that’s in the past, true, as is the public’s interest in Stooges-blooz, but the band’s hatred for corporate rock still retains its rare level of righteousness, thus this album, their sixth, had to find a different way to smuggle itself into “indie” radio circles, specifically through the use of super-slow sludge-rock and enough noisy bliss to make Swans look over their collective shoulder.  The speedier part of “Don’t Let Me Save Your Soul” sounds like Doors, INXS and White Stripes interchangeably, but it, like everything else on this one, has to make room for slow psychedelic freakouts that pit Melvins against SunnO))).  And so, the modern way to say it would be, “They make Warlocks look like the accounting team at Best Buy.” A+ Eric W. Saeger





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