Formed in 1998, releasing the "Red and the Black Attack" EP the proceeding years of The Icarus Line existence have proved turbulent to say the least. Line-up changes, clashes with the music industry "establishment" and an apparent proclivity for enjoying the rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the utmost, all suggested third album "Black Lives at the Golden Coast" could well be their last. Surprisingly, in 2011 a resurrection took place, vocalist Joe Cardamone reconvening the band, recording and touring the appropriately titled "Wildlife."
Early 2012 finds The Icarus Line supporting Killing Joke around the U.K and Europe, providing Mudkiss with an opportunity to delve deeper into the thought process of Mr Cardamone.
ANDY: You’ve been touring with Killing Joke who have a reputation for giving their support acts a rough time, how are you findings things out on the road with them?
JOE: Killing Joke have been easy to tour with. We get our soundcheck everyday and we get to do whatever we want on stage every night. no big deal. They are all easy to talk to and the shows have been sold out. What more could you ask for in a support slot?
ANDY: Their audiences are also fanatical for the band, how are they responding to your set?
JOE: It's a mixed reaction. Usually split down the middle. Half of the people love it and half hate it. For The Icarus Line it works, we thrive on adversity so hecklers are welcome. Bring it on!
ANDY: Although a great opportunity to tour with Killing Joke, how difficult is it for you to fund a tour indifferent parts of world during the current economic climate.
JOE:Yeah the money ain't grand. We have had to resort to punk rock tactics to make sure we make it through the shows. Without the kindness of strangers and friends we would never be able to make it through these tours. There have been a few key people that have allowed us to get to show after show. It has never been an easy go for us though. None of us come from piles of money so figuring out ways of survival has become second nature.
ANDY: In my opinion, Penance Soiree is one of the great rock album of the century and the acclaim around it’s release also supports this. It did appear the band would really take off at that time,but never seemed to hit the heights the album deserved. Why do you think that is?
JOE: How come it took decades for people to appreciate the MC5 or the stooges? That's just the way the cookie crumbles. I am grateful for the good times we have had and wouldn't change a thing.
JOE: As you grow through the years priorities change, people change. At heart we are still the same band we have always been perhaps just a bit smarter. Do we stay up until 4 in the morning every night ? yeah. Is it because we are snorting lines of blow? Nope.
ANDY: It did look as though “Black Lives at the Golden Coast” would be your last album. What brought about the resurrection of The Icarus Line and latest album “Wildlife”?
JOE: I always feel like I can make a better record. If I didn't think that way then I wouldn't do it anymore. Wildlife was the latest attempt to top myself. Right now the live band is so great I doubt we will be able to resist making a new LP for long.
ANDY: Do you have any new material written or is it just purely a feeling at this stage, there will be another album sometime in the future?JOE : Yeah there is a whole new record ready to go. As soon as we stop touring we are going to jump in the studio and bang a new one out. All the material is there it just needs to be committed to tape.
ANDY: Did you find it liberating working on a D.I.Y basis with the new album, less constrained than working with a label?
JOE: It's all the same to me really. The Icarus Line has always been uncompromised no matter who was financially backing the project. My agenda with the group would be the same no matter how the circumstances around us unfold. We are a rock n roll group, isn't that the way its done?
ANDY : For me, yes absolutely, but labels can be notorious for trying to control creativity and looking to channel bands and musicians down a certain route aimed purely at commercial success. Has the attitude of following your own artistic route led to conflict with labels in the past?
ANDY: Is it true the original title for the album was “Joe Cardomone Versus The Icarus Line” and if so,why?
JOE: Yeah that was the working title. I guess that name just fit the bill. This band has been my biggest asset and my greatest enemy.
ANDY : That intrigues me, how has the band been your greatest enemy.
ANDY: How have The Icarus Line fans responded to the new album?
JOE: Leave a penny, take a penny. We lose some people and gain new ones. It really mirrors life. Some people grow and move with you and others are left behind clutching to the past. New faces appear as old ones fade.
ANDY: What do you hope the future will bring for The Icarus Line?
JOE: Who knows? Right now it is a European tour and a new record. Beyond that you'll have to ask my mystic.
11-Apr Netherland Amsterdam - Melkweg
13-Apr France Paris - La Cigale
14-Apr France Strasbourg -La Laiterie
16-Apr France Toulouse - Bikini
17-Apr Spain Barcelona - Bikini
19-Apr France Lyon - Transbordeur
20-Apr Italy Milan/Trezzo - Live Club
21-Apr Italy Florence - Viper
22-Apr Italy Rome - Orion
24-Apr Switzerland Zurich - Abart
25-Apr Austria Vienna - Szene Wien
27-Apr Germany Munich- Backstage
29-Apr Germany Hamburg - Fabrik
01-May Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
02-May Germany – Berlin -Postbahnof
03-May Belgium Gent -Vooruit
04-May Finland Helsinki - Circus
Wildlife' is out NOW via Cobraside/ Forte
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Interview by Andy Barnes