“They’ve called me the cocaine kid. They’ve called me the never did. They’ve called me the nigger man. They stop calling at all.” So drawls The Icarus Line frontman Joe Cardamone on album opener ‘King Baby’, neatly summarising the notoriously confrontational LA punks’ career to date. Ironically enough, however, the best way to approach this woozy, hypnotic collection of raw, slow-burning jams is to disregard everything you’ve heard about a band whose early reputation - as chaotically obnoxious fuck-ups - has frustratingly overshadowed their actual music for way too long. Like every true outlaw before them, The Icarus Line haven’t mellowed with age; they’ve gotten gnarlier.
Loads of super important stuff happeed this week, like All Time Lowselling out Wembley Arena and Gerard Way finally playing a show in the UK. Here are the super unimportant things that wouldn't matter at all if it wasn't for the internet. God bless the internet.
Reading & Leeds day two is go! We're on site at Leeds all weekend and this page is your one-stop shop for all of the photos, videos, reviews and more from Saturday. Big day today: we've got Gerard Way, Deaf Havana,Mallory Knox, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari, Brody Dalle, Jimmy Eat World, Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore to come. Phew! Missed the Friday action? Catch up on Friday's review + rolling updates page.