IC1s
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IC1s

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Alan Mcgee (Creation Records) - "If you go see a new band go and see IC1s, they're brilliant & are post-everything." Mark Beaumont (NME, The Times, The Guardian) - “A proper, no messing about rock band!" Gary Powell (The Libertines) - "After meeting IC1s and seeing obvious confidence exuding from their being it's easy to see that this is not a band of pomp and circumstance; they actually del...

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  • IC1s support Missing Andy

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    Barfly, High St, Camden
    Camden

    DATE:
    24 March 2012
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    00:00:00
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    The Barfly
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  • IC1s - Barfly, Camden

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    Chalk Farm Road

    DATE:
    25 May 2012
    TIME:
    17:15:37
    VENUE:
    Camden Barfly
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Introduction

Alan Mcgee (Creation Records) - "If you go see a new band go and see IC1s, they're brilliant & are post-everything." Mark Beaumont (NME, The Times, The Guardian) - “A proper, no messing about rock band!" Gary Powell (The Libertines) - "After meeting IC1s and seeing obvious confidence exuding from their being it's easy to see that this is not a band of pomp and circumstance; they actually deliver in spades - an approach to live performance that's lacking in today's gig scene. Highly exciting to watch and thought provoking to listen to - but they've also an 'ace' in their deck, being that of lead singer Dan, who's street urchin-esque approach is contagious viewing, a must see for anyone who wants a real rock and roll band with attitude and ability." Pete Donaldson (XFM) - ‎"They're a little bit Libertines, a little bit Ramones - but they're certainly 100% London. Whack Jack must surely serve as a stomping, unifying crowd-pleaser live. The punk rock chorus comes out of precisely nowhere and is the sort of thing the word 'tasty' was invented for" Sarah Champion (Absolute Radio) - "Love the band name and love the track 'Not Perfect'. Indie pop rock with attitude; the main hook is particularly infectious!"

Bio

18 months from inception, IC1s have shared stages with The Cribs, The Charlatans, Tinie Tempah, Tim Burgess, Badly Drawn Boy, Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, Buzzcocks and more. Invited to perform at Tim Burgess's own curated 'Friends Of Mine' festival in Manchester, expanding the fan base to include even Mani of the Stone Roses and requently championed by self-proclaimed fan, Oasis discoverer, Creation Records founder and all-round musical myth-maker Alan McGee the band recently headlined the final date for HMVs Next Big Thing Festival. In September 2011 the band’s debut release 'Levitate' was the #2 most downloaded new entry in the Itunes Alternative Singles Chart in its week of entry, peaking at #24 in a singles chart dominated predominantly by former high charting hits from acts such as Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, Artic Monkeys and many more. The release also peaked at #195 in the UK Top 200. To follow that up, the band released 'Karma' in December 2011 with all proceeds from the single being donated to UK homelessness charity 'Shelter'. The track peaked at #40 in the same charts and was featured on Soccer AM & was Q Magazine's track of the day on release.

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Reviews

Act name: IC1s

Reviews of: Whack Jack (Demo) (10)

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  • (Demo) in brackets - what does this say ? Treat more gently ? I remember this track from a gig a few moons ago and it does indeed have a great hook. The IC1's in general are not quite to my taste unfortunately. They are good fun live though - as long as it doesn't clash with the footy! If you like beers and attitudeful indie you'll have a good time.

  • An enticing intro which promises much is sadly interrupted by an overdone indie rock song after the opening 30 seconds. Comparisons with the Rifles immediately jump to the forefront of any analysis of ‘Whack Jack’ as a record but this is perhaps slightly disrespectful to a band containing very talented musicians who can easily produce some great little numbers. It is a shame then that the IC1s too often seem intent on becoming a mediocre stereotype of music in the mid-2000s rather than try something a little different.

  • A 5 piece band from London whose opening track Whack Jack is an indie hit. With its slow, peaceful, melodic intro the track suddenly bursts into life with a extremely catchy melody. The following tracks lack this catchy element but still shows what this band is about. The production is nothing to be desired and working with the right producer really could see this bands fortunes really come good.

  • A very raw indie rock sound that's fun, catchy and doesn't pretend to be anything it's not; certainly a good thing. You instantly get the sense that they are an exciting live band and would create a brilliant atmosphere on stage. They look and sound like an indie band that's about to storm the scene, whether they're unique enough for people to remember them over other bands doing the same thing, I'm not sure, but if anyone is going to break through, I'd bet on IC1s.

  • Love these guys. Fun, thoughtful indie rock that knows where the awesome dial is. Storming.

  • 'Cos I'm a little bit Whack Jack... little bit mental..' The chorus of this song is ridiculously catchy... and yeah, probably the new Libertines with a bit more swagga!

  • Whack Jack As the song suggests, this track is rather crazy but in a good way. It's one of those songs that you will not be able to get out of your head, even after just one listen. A fun piece of indie-rock. - Lucy Markillie

  • Whack Jack ‘Whack Jack' - What a brilliant phrase! This song is full of beans but I can't help feel a little disappointed that the harmonies and backing aren't quite as Whack Jack or cuckoo as the lyrics say the IC1s are. It's almost like the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. But a really nice idea for a track, I can imagine it being a crowd pleaser. - Robert Dewis

  • Whack Jack This band's key selling point is by far the vocals. They contain such depth, emotion and skill of storytelling that would easily entice the listener. The instruments, however, fail to lift themselves above the obvious, particularly in the track's opening, leaving the vocalist to carry much of the song. However, the band cannot be criticised overall, as a piece they do put forth a competent classic rock song, but the listener is left wondering if more could have been done to make the song stand out. - Anishka Sharma

  • Whack Jack .. They're a little bit Libertines, a little bit Ramones - but they're certainly a hundred percent London. With a punk rock chorus that comes out of nowhere, Whack Jack must surely serve as a stomping, unifying crowdpleaser live. The punk rock chorus comes out of precisely nowhere and is the sort of thing the word 'tasty' was invented for.

Act name: IC1s

Reviews of: Not Perfect (Demo) (8)

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  • Review of their 2nd May performance at the Bull & Gate for the launch of the Emerging Icons album: Really enjoyed their stage presence and swagger they brought to the venue. Lots of upbeat songs which are perfect to dance to with your mates.

  • Not Perfect - A big, big rock sound from a band destined for bigger things. This one toys with sounds as diverse as Springsteen, The Gaslight Anthem and The Dropkick Murphys, and the boys should be congratulated for not chucking bagpipes into the mix – the temptation is there for all to see...

  • Review of their 2nd May performance at the Bull & Gate for the launch of the Emerging Icons album: Loud, brash swaggering rock and roll with some well crafted songs thrown in for good measure.

  • Review of their 2nd May performance at the Bull & Gate for the launch of the Emerging Icons album: The IC1s brought their laddish indie rock to the stage early doors. It was all competently played but the material was not anything unexpected.They got some of the girlies dancing right enough, but I was surprised that the sound was not as big as recorded and they were less cocksure than I had hoped. Maybe they were thinking more about watching the footie.

  • Simon: "I think it was pretty good. I think they’d be good to watch live, I think there’d be a lot of energy in the gig. I thought as well – not in a bad way – I sort of knew the chords, sounds like a weird thing to say! But they went along, and when it changed into the chorus or back to the verse or whatever, it wasn’t an obvious change, but something that…" Peanut: “It moved in the right places didn’t it?” Simon: “It was slightly obviously, but not in a bad way.”

  • Lively sound - lots of energy straight away. You’re ticking the right boxes for that kind of lively indie rock. Definitely the sort of band that looks like they’ve been on lots of support tours. You can tell that they’re getting better and better – even if you hear one song, you think the first demos weren’t as good, and after touring a bit they’re getting better. So yeah, liked it, well done!

  • Not Perfect (Demo) - IC1s have a big indie sound that you could call anthemic. It conjures up youthful testosterone, shades, snakebites and has the odd melody nicked from Kirsty MacColl. Every 15 years or so one of these bands goes big. The others either forever play the pubs or become investment bankers.

  • Not Perfect - Sunday Night Music Clubs pick of the week on Absolute Radio! Love the band name and love the track. Indie pop rock with attitude; the main hook is particularly infectious.

Act name: IC1s

Reviews of: IC1s - Levitate (1)

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  • These are pretty good. Lad-rock/indie stuff but have a Kings of Leon vibe going on. They have some fairly decent tunes but the question is how many of these kinds of bands are out there and who gets given the break. I like the look of them though. People want to buy into bands and they come across as a proper band.

Buzz

  • Wow. I think The Kings of Leon and The Libertines have made beautiful love and spawned the IC1s upon the world. This track seems to have bigger balls than most indie tracks these days. It exudes passion and creates an epic sound-scape in the listeners head. The high notes reached by the lead guitar provide a really nice contrast with the singers deeper and more "in your face" vocals. This contrast adds depth to the track and the gut busting drums make sure it doesn't get too pompous and keep it on track. "Levitate" is the kind of track you would listen to if you found yourself in a battle. In space. The shimmering guitars and the reverb on the vocals create a huge scale that would be right at home in such a situation. Though the vocals are not perfect and not every note is hit, the delivery makes sure that whatever note is hit, it's hit really f*****g hard. The cry of "the sun on my shoulder" encapsulates this, along with the outer space scale of the song. The IC1s have created a head banging, mind expanding juggernaut of a song here. It's easy to picture them alongside the likes of Kings of Leon and The Libertines. And I'm sure those two would be proud to share the stage with their illegitimate child. The IC1s have a bright future ahead of them.

  • WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW.. One word for this song and that's.... WOW

  • This tune'll rock a spacemans socks off!!! Cosmic.

  • This tune'll rock a space mans socks off!!!! Cosmic.

  • Seen the IC1's afew times - excellent band

  • Best band EVER. FACT! #IC1sforworlddomination

  • Fuckin boom yeah these guys rock... can't wait to see them! VOTE VOTE VOTE #awesome #IC1s #Johnrocks

  • I have witnessed the power of these gents live a few times and they blow me away every single time. It's rock and roll but as it should be before all the fads and the crap. Definite stars of the future and all round very nice, incredibly talented guys.

  • Brilliant!!! First song to hear from you guys, hooked ever since!!

  • TUNE!!! Roll on FRIDAY!!! SHEFFIELD!!

  • IC1s - Wack Jack Starts off like a soulful ballad and ends like a drunken fight. It haphazardly sways between heartfelt and insane in a perfectly jarring way. Raw, punchy rock 'n' roll with a big, old british punk vein running straight through the middle.

  • Fucking Brilliant!

  • Whack Jack.. What a brilliant phrase!! Love the name and the song... Will be stuck in my head now for the rest of the day.

  • Big tune, foot nearly fell off from over tapping

  • Big tune, foot nearly fell off from over tapping

  • I LOVE IT, MY SON LOVES IT.. CANT STOP SINGING IT!!!

  • WHACK JACK THE CRACKER FROM IC1s.... REMINDS ME OF THE ROLLING STONES :)

  • An uplifting hit... Another belter from the IC1s!!!

  • The eye candy behind the kit is worth the admission to their shows alone... Sweet jesus...

  • This tunes got some serious balls! Love it love it love it...

  • Nice track guys! I could imagine listening to it while in a long drive

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