Harrow's guitar-slinging scallywags, IC1s, released their second single 'Beautiful Ugly,' produced by Mark Wallis (Stranglers, The Smiths, U2) and out on Two Sisters Records on October 14. This is pure, raw and distressed rock and roll with a bleeding heart.
Attracting comparisons to rock greats including: The Who, The Jam and The Clash with their frenzied live shows – yet also dubbed ‘post-everything’ by Alan McGee - the five piece were first championed by Libertines drummer Gary Powell who picked up on several tracks via his download-only label, 25 Hour Convenience Store. After sealing a deal with Two Sisters earlier this year, they issued their debut single 'Growing Up, Going Down', packed with a youthful incandescent energy, released in June this year.
'Beautiful Ugly' casts light on a slower, more reflective side to the band, dealing as it does with the messy contradiction of emotions that we have to come to terms with in the midst of a broken romance. But those already acquainted with the IC1s will immediately recognise those core sonic trademarks that make the band stand out, namely ramped up guitar turbulence, instinctively anthemic sensibilities and the goosebump-provoking heart-on-sleeve passion projected by Dan Coburn's raw vocals.
As well as provoking chaotic stage invasions at their live shows, the band are currently recording their debut album ‘Lowering the Tone' with producer Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Kasabian) in readiness for a release in March 2014. In the last year they have been supporting everyone from indie heroes The View and Charlatans to pop acts including Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah, as well as performing at the Olympics on the Emerging Icons Stage.
In keeping with such eclecticism, they’re also preparing for two nationwide tours, one in support of The Family Rain in November and then with Random Impulse in January.
Check out their Facebook page for other upcoming live appeances.