JOE CARDAMONE OF THE ICARUS LINE BRINGS ‘HOLY WAR’ TO THE UK AND EUROPE THIS MONTH
SHOWS IN UTRECHT (LE GUESS WHO), LONDON AND PARIS
HOLY WAR MIXTAPE OUT NOW ON HELIUM RECORDS
” …Cardamone continued to refine the band’s nihilistic noise with more artful and epic gestures, transforming the band into a decadent L.A. answer to the Bad Seeds.” – Pitchfork
“ One of modern L.A. rock’s most important and antagonistic figures is finally ready to let the world in.” – The Los Angeles Times
“It sounds like The Icarus Line, but it’s made on computers rather than guitars and drums. Ariel Pink once told him that it reminded him of Beyoncé.” – Noisey
“A nihilist attack, underpinned by industrial beats and glitch synths – it sets out the manifesto for Joe’s forthcoming recordings in a straight-forward and no frills manner and is accompanied by visuals created as part of a series of films set to his music that Joe has dubbed ‘Holy War’. ” – Kerrang!
Joe Cardamone of Los Angeles band The Icarus Line is as prolific as he is infamous. He recently released the film The Icarus Line Must Die (ft. Ariel Pink, Keith Morris of Black Flag/Circle Jerks, Melissa Brooks of The Aquadolls, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag) via Dark Star and a second film, Holy War II (ft. Arrow de Wilde of Starcrawler, Leafar Seyer of Prayers) is coming soon. His latest project, Holy War mixtape is out now on Helium Records .
Cardamone began his infamous career as the ringleader of LA’s The Icarus Line, highly regarded as one of the scene-pavers for rock in Los Angeles. After the group disbanded, he turned from his own music and built a recording studio in Burbank where he cut records with pals like Ariel Pink and the Cult . He took nights for his own new material, which would later become Holy War, as a way for him to work through the grief that surrounded him.
Cardamone’s wife struggled with severe depression, Alvin DeGuzman (The Icarus Line) passed from cancer, close friend and collaborator Annie Hardy lost both her young child and partner just months apart and he went on a disastrous tour with Scott Weiland, which ended with Weiland’s overdose death. Finding himself without a band or direction, Holy War was born.
“I almost didn’t want to do music anymore. I just didn’t care,” Cardamone said. “But things like helping Annie and Alvin, throwing myself into their world, I got to be a caretaker and help process grief. It strips away all your pretext and ego so quickly.”
Joe Cardamone has announced he’s bringing Holy War live to Utrecht, London and Paris this November.
Friday 9th Nov – Le Guess Who – Utrecht, Netherlands
Sunday 18th Nov – Shacklewell Arms – London, UK
Monday 19th Nov – SuperSonic – Paris, France
Joe Cardamone recently released The Icarus Line Must Die, a semi-fictional biopic, to great praise from Pitchfork , The Los Angeles Times , IndieWire , Deadline, The Wrap and more.
‘HOLY WAR II’ TEASER HERE