Icon For Hire – Tickets – Space Ballroom. – Hamden, CT – March 23rd, 2018

Icon For Hire

Turn Your Pain into Art Tour

Icon For Hire

Makeout, Courage My Love, Cometa

Fri, March 23, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

Icon For Hire
Icon For Hire
Despite their name, ICON FOR HIRE aren’t indebted to anyone but their fans. Since forming in 2007, the duo—singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—have amassed a legion of followers who have connected with not only the band’s genre-bending sound, but also their honesty. That soul-baring spirit and realism is at the heart of everything Icon For Hire do, and it’s front and center on their latest Billboard-charting release, YOU CAN’T KILL US…

Produced by Mike Green (Gwen Stefani, All Time Low) and funded by fans through Kickstarter on a campaign that raised $127, 200—making it one of the year’s highest-raising music campaigns—the self-released album marks a brand-new chapter for the band.

Blending hard rock, hip-hop, electronica and pop into an anthemic swirl of both melody and muscle, You Can’t Kill Us isn’t only a modern sounding record—it’s awash in lyrical themes that tap into the times as well. Addiction, depression and self-worth are all topics Ariel addresses and these themes reverberate loudly in today’s tumultuous, judgment-first culture.

After all, having survived the record label system and reemerged stronger than ever, Icon For Hire are living proof that you can take control of your life—and that’s perhaps the greatest success anyone can hope to accomplish.
Makeout
Makeout
Fusing propulsive punk energy, stadium-size pop prowess, alternative sizzle, and a ball-busting sense of humor, Makeout play the soundtrack to the best night of your life. Think of the Massachusetts quartet—Sam Boxold [vocals, guitar], Tyler Young [guitar], Alex Lofton [bass], and Scott Eckel [drums]—as the illegitimate offspring of Paramore, All Time Low, and Steel Panther, and you’ll be halfway there.

All comparisons aside, Sam sums up the group’s 2017 full-length debut, The Good Life [Rise Records], best…

“The record sounds like a party,” exclaims the frontman. “There are so many different influences touching it, but it doesn’t feel like anybody’s uncomfortable. That’s the kind of party we like!”



Whether or not the last statement is true, Sam and Tyler met each other as high schoolers in the Northeast’s fertile underground music scene (we can confirm that for sure!). After a revolving door of projects, the two joined forces with Alex in Trophy Wives. The group built a serious local buzz, performing on the Massachusetts date of the Warped Tour and winning an Ernie Battle of The Bands judged by none other than iconic GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer John Feldmann [blink-182, Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens].

Impressed by the boys, the studio guru signed them to a production deal. Joined by Australian drummer Scott, they settled on a new moniker, Makeout, and holed up at Feldmann’s home studio for a month in 2016 between dates supporting longtime heroes blink-182. Throughout this whirlwind, they collaborated with the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood as well as legendary skinsman Travis Barker on what would become The Good Life.

“All of those influences are in the record,” Alex goes on. “There’s a diverse feel, because all of these people brought the best out of us.”

“John kept us on our toes,” Sam continues. “One of the biggest influences I felt was from his lyrical attitude. He’ll drive the flow of the vocalist in a very specific direction. He made my vocals sound a little more badass and real. It flowed in a way that there was never a stale moment.”

That holds true for all 12 songs. “Childish” bursts out of the gate on a guitar gallop punctuated by arena-ready percussion and an unshakable chant. “We wanted to write a song about how it feels to be a kid,” explains the singer. “It’s that freedom from jobs and bills. There’s not much drama. It touches on that.”

Meanwhile, the first single “Crazy” explodes into a massive refrain between hilarious hashtaggable admissions such as, “I’m in the studio in fucking Calabasas. The Kardashians live here” and “I can’t go back to working at McDonalds. Can’t afford any more of your Sephora addiction.”

“It’s a lighthearted take on girl trouble,” Sam smiles. “It could be extended to either gender. It resulted from a feel sesh talking about life.”

“Where’s My Charger?” surprises with a subtle twang, while “Blast Off” illuminates their knack for a hard-hitting and heavy hook.

Ultimately, everything is a part of The Good Life Makeout encourage…

“Being in a band and doing this professionally is something we’ve all really wanted for a long time,” Tyler leaves off. “To us, this is The Good Life. We hope everyone gets to live their version of it.”
Courage My Love
Courage My Love
We are all built for change and evolution, and Kitchener's Courage My Love is no exception.

These Warped Tour warriors have advanced their sound from feverish guitar-bass-drum pugilism to something more complex, dynamic and striking for their debut InVogue/Warner Music Canada album, Synesthesia. Fans will notice within the very first few bars of "Stereo," Courage My Love's incredibly contagious first single, a sumptuous synth hook indicating that twin sisters Mercedes (singer, guitarist) and Phoenix (drums, synth, programming, vocals) Arn-Horn and bass player Brandon Lockwood are pursuing more sophisticated sonics.

"We didn't want to be stuck underneath a female-fronted rock band ceiling," Mercedes admits. "We wanted to reach beyond that constraint and see where it would take us."

Phoenix, who taught herself synth programming during the Synesthesia sessions, says that the Juno-nominated trio's songwriting attitude has changed considerably since 2015's Becoming (an album compiled of previous EPs.)

"We lost the ego of wanting to show off," she explains, hearkening back to the days when Courage My Love was first discovered following a 2010 Battle of the Bands in Stratford, Ontario.

"Now, when we write, it's more about the song and what it needs. We try to make songs instead of flashy parts."

Co-produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Of Mice and Men, Papa Roach) at New Jersey's House Of Loud and Chris Perry, who also co-manages the band with fellow songwriter and producer Nicole Hughes, - the 11 songs on Synesthesia that were also recorded at Toronto's Noble Street and Pocket Studios don't abandon the six-string frenzy or magnetic charm of the earlier two-million YouTube viewed "Bridges"or "Kerosene," whose video director Emma Higgins was recruited to lens "Stereo."


Bristling guitar riffs and pounding rhythms still form the backbone of such Synesthesia songs as "Tough Love," "Need Someone" and "Walls," but the arrangements are more tenaciously sculptured, with strident melodies and some impressive singing and vocal interplay by Miss Mercedes and Miss Phoenix.

"We wrote songs that I hope will stand the test of time." Mercedes says.

Phoenix says the collaborations with writers like Raine Maida, Ryan Stewart and Morgan Dorr led to a refined Courage My Love songwriting standard.

"Because we didn't focus on the instruments as much as the melodies and lyrics, these songs have something special that we've never had before," she explains.

Bassist Brandon Lockwood puts his stamp on arrangements.

"Cedes and I write the majority of the songs," Phoenix suggests. "But it's really important to have someone else help give it a sound and arrange it. That's where Brandon comes in: when we jam it together, he's really creative with parts."

Defined as a blending of the senses where the stimulation of one sense leads to an automatic, involuntary reaction in another, like hearing in colour, Synesthesia was titled to reflect Courage My Love's newfound stylistic maturity.

The album is ultimately about emotional empowerment.

"We wanted it to be a message where if someone is going through something, where they're doubting themselves or are just in a bad situation, that they hear something in the album that makes them realize that they can make it out the other side," says Phoenix.

"Our goal is to turn something negative into a positive: A lot of people our age and younger listen to Courage My Love, and it's a really tough time in trying to find yourself and figure out who you are. We often look through the eyes of someone else and judge ourselves based on what others think. We wanted to get the message across with this album that you should determine your own self-worth," adds Mercedes.

In the meantime, Synesthesia is Courage My Love's calling card to be taken more seriously.

"I want people to look at us and go, those girls are serious songwriters and musicians," says Phoenix. "We're 22 and finding out who we are as adults and as people. We want to have our own voice." -- Nick Krewen
Cometa
Cometa is a twin brother Pop Punk group from New Haven, CT. They match aggressive punk riffs with intelligent lyrics.
Since their formation, Cometa’s work-ethic has earned them opening slots for the Vans Warped Tour, Hawthorne Heights, & New Found Glory.

Their aim is to foster positivity and spread the word about music education, science, & animal rights.
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom.
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514