Posted by: Nick | February 7, 2009

Icy Demons, IamIs, Chemic @ Skull Alley – 2/18

Icy Demons are returning to Louisville’s Skull Alley and will be playing with local favorites, IamIs and Chemic.  Comprised of members of Tortoise and Man Man, Icy Demons has the kind on indie rock pedigree that can get them into a lot of doors.  There isn’t the Balkanized insanity of Man Man nor the smooth sonic euphoria of Tortoise in Icy Demon’s music.  Their sound is a mash of styles and genres, integrating bits of reggae, electronics, Sun Ra, and a even a little hip hop.  It’s a really complex mixture that demands stellar musicianship, which Icy Demons has.  But, at times, the musicianship gets in the way and when the band returns to basics is when the sound really shines.  It’s a lot of notes to dig into sometimes.  Meaning that the band, on first listen, seems excessively noodly and musicianly.  Akimbo rhythms and atonal melodies mark each track, and for the most part, due to the band’s superb skill manage to coalesce  into heady tunes that are unlike many other bands that you’ll hear.  You can read our review of their last show at Skull Alley here.

Also at the show will be the Louisville band Chemic. Chemic is taking time out of recording a follow up record to their debut album Fever On The Forest Floor (Crossroads of America Records). The past year or so has seen them sharing the stage with Sun Kil Moon, The Six Parts Seven, Mason Proper, Grampall Jookabox, and PWRFL Power, and they have been featured on CDs with Louisville stalwarts like My Morning Jacket, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Wax Fang, and Dave Pajo.

Read our review of IamIs’ new CD, This Life, here.

Icy DemonsMiami Ice

Chemic – I Did It
Chemic – You Should Go


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