Icon for Hire hit New York with a vengeance when they came through on November 7th at Webster Hall. Though I’ve known, and loved, the band for some time — this was my first time seeing them live. It goes without saying that you expect a rock show to be full of energy, but Icon For Hire goes beyond that. A live music production built on engagement. With a goal throughout every track is to connect. With their audience, with the bartender, with everyone.
They played a number of songs off their up-coming release, You Can’t Kill Us, out on 11/25. And their fans drank in every line of tracks like Under The Knife and Invincible. Whether it was moshing or singing along in a loud chorus of voices, it was clear the eclectic group came out to see one thing. This band. The room full of people from all walks of life was a true testament to the power of music. The fact that I could be sitting there with my country background and feel a kinship with someone who finds solace in Icon For Hire’s unique alt-rock sound — really says something about the power of a bands reach.
Honestly, it brought me back to the days when I used to sneak away to San Diego to watch Linkin Park in a crowded bar I wasn’t technically allowed into. The same energy, the same desire to entertain, and music that’s designed to strike a chord in their listeners.
Icon For Hire conquered New York, proving that their reach goes beyond the festival stages of Warped Tour, extending right into the heart of cities across the country. Check out the photos from the show, including some of their opener Stitched Up Heart, below!