Fans of female-fronted rock bands like Fireflight and The Letter Black and fans of female-led pop rockers like Superchick have a new band to add to their list ... Icon For Hire. Harder than BarlowGirl
, but without the screams that punctuate music from Flyleaf
, this trio hits hard with just the right mix.
The new Tooth & Nail band, made up of Ariel (vocals), Shawn Jump (guitar) and Adam Kronshagen (drums) from Decatur, Illinois delivers tons of energy, gobs of attitude and loads of truth on their debut release, Scripted.
'Scripted' Takes The Script and Makes it Their Own
- Style: rock
- 11 Songs
- Release Date: August 23, 2011
- Label: Tooth & Nail
Following in the style footsteps of their rock predecessors, Icon For Hire may not have reinvented the wheel with their debut offering, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to adore about Scripted. The in-your-face rock of The Letter Black combines with small touches of synthesizers ala Superchick, the attitude of Flyleaf and the overall sound, feel and delivery of Fireflight to give us something familiar, yet still new enough to stand on it's own feet.
The album kicks off with "Overture," 30 seconds that give you a hint that you are getting ready to get your face rocked off! The release continues to deliver from there with thundering rock magic, building to the stand out "Get Well," with touches of synth that reminds me of Superchick, and lyrics that should be memorized by every teenager and young person on the planet - We throw tantrums like parties / We're not happy 'til everyone knows we're sick / And that's just how we like it / We've hurt bad enough, right, we've earned it.
If 'Scripted' Were A Story
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The crescendo comes at track #7, "Fight," with a driving undertone that puts you on the edge of your seat and then knocks you back. The lyrics, I don't know how I got here, but I refuse to stay / I betrayed myself when I let others have their way / But I am holding on, my finger on the pulse / The sound of my heart pounding tells me there's still hope
, remind us that as long as we're still breathing, we still have hope. Don't let the word crescendo make you believe that it's all downhill from there though. Oh no! The last four songs are total rockers too. What I mean by crescendo is that if Scripted
were a story, the "life changing" battle scene would be during "Fight" and the acknowledgement of the need for healing and change would come during the next three chapters (or songs in this case). The final "Ok - I'm totally broken and it's time to come out as a new me on the other side" comes during the last song, aptly titled "Pieces," which says, You can fight just like you've been taught / It won't undo the life you've got (Everybody knows) / Cause the pieces won't pick themselves up
Bottom line - Scripted
offers fans of rock a lot of passion, completely authentic lyrics and hard-hitting music that will appeal to your inner head banger, regardless of your age. Icon For Hire has a lot to offer and their debut album satisfies while leaving you wanting more.
Scripted Track Listing:
- Make A Move
- Get Well
- The Grey
- Off With Her Head
- Up in Flames
- Only a Memory
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