Tuesday, May 7, 2013



I'm always excited to
discover new bands,
especially ones as
crisp and crunchy,
poppy and punchy
as the Illinois-based
combo Icon for Hire.

As a nightclub DJ I'm forced constantly to endure an endless parade of crappy new bands offering music that's, well, less than compelling. So when I recently was introduced to Icon for Hire via their 2011 Tooth & Nail debut Scripted, it was like an oh-so welcome breath of fresh air.

Dig if you will, a picture — a snapshot of a world in which Marilyn Manson is still relevant and Lady Gaga doesn't suck. They fall in love, get married and spit out a few youngins (yes, in that order). The kids grow up and they start a band. But they're kinda pissed, because after all, Manson and Gaga are their parents — heck, I'd be pissed too.

Delivering non-stop, skull-crushing guitar riffs that  have been Crazy Glued to angst-filled vocals and coated with magically delicious pop sprinkles, Scripted is a bona fide gem. Highlights include the über popular YouTube anthems, "Off with Her Head," "Get Well" and "Make a Move."

Icon for Hire's Ariel Bloomer.
(Paul Stanley, you've been replaced!)
Although the band's fiery frontchick Ariel Bloomer (that's gotta be the greatest rock name ever), vehemently shuns accusations that Icon for Hire is a "Christian" band, her personal philosophies splashed across the Internet are as "right on" as any member of Stryper. While Ariel may not be a preacher, she just may be this generation's most on-point poster girl.

I'll admit that cooing over these kids two years after the release of their record puts me clearly behind the rock and roll eight ball. However, I hope to be on my game the next time around, as they're currently in the studio working on their sophomore effort. Psyched, indeed!

-Christopher Long
(May 2013)

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  1. Outstanding example of music journalism! #stoked Bravo ;) <3

    1. Thanks for the support and encouragement, Nathan. Don't be a stranger!