REVIEW: The Icons’ “Appointment With Destiny!”

Photobucket The Icons are a project from Seattle featuring Tom Dyer, James Gascoigne, Rick Yust, and Steve Trettevik recording the kind of ruthless pop/punk that sounds good now as it originally did in the 1980’s. Appointment With Destiny! (Green Monkey) will be celebrated by Seattleites who remember when the Seattle music scene sounded like this. These guys may be older than the first time they were around, but it and they still sound really good. While some of Seattle bands from the era sounded different from one another, you can listen to Mudhoney, Green River, The U-Men, The Fastbacks, and then this album and realize that they were all striving for something. Maybe back then they weren’t about claiming “authenticity”, but it feels and sounds real, that kind of gutsy aggressive rock that is immediate but also something that’s worthy for tomorrow. A track like “Dancin’ In The Jailhouse” may remind people of other bands like X or The Fleshtones, bands who weren’t afraid of distortion or feedback and if it was there, they’d make more music around and within it.

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