Icarus Line originally reared their heads in the early 2000’s as the complete antithesis of the Strokes and the Hives clean cut coolness kicking out with super fuzzed up stodgy garage punk that the Stooges threw up during their Fun House heyday along with live shows that were literally armed and dangerous. Their energetic live shows helped grow a reputation for being one of the most unhinged bands around.
Rat Ass is taken from the bands 5th album Slave Vows, what can I say it delivers the kind of kick in the face that many so called garage rock bands seem to lack. Its a sweat drenched face melting rock n roll ride from hell. Right from the off we get walls of noise and a distorted voice that feels reminiscent of the Butthole Surfers at their mid nineties peak, before kicking into fist clenching guitars, whirlwind synths crashing drums. There is more then a hint of the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams being cross mixed with The Stooges Give Me Danger.
This see’s lead singer Joey Cardemone come across like the deranged son if Iggy Pop and Nick Cave, it just packs so much intense testosterone that others like Parquet Courts seem to lack, most of them opting for the indie coolness and seem less fun.