The fellows in Iceage Cobra live slightly outside of the very loose genre boundaries that I typically write about. But, a lot of my favorite powerpop bands have a little bit of caveman rock in them, and Iceage Cobra is all about the rock (see the video below the interview).
They're playing at the WIG Bash '07, which is happening this Friday, March 30th at the High Dive with other great bands like Shim and The Trucks. So, it'll be a good time to get your rock on. I endorse it so much that the Blog is one of the media sponsors (see my little tiny logo on the flyer? It's the 2nd from the right). Here's the poster for that show, followed by the interview.
1. How do you think others would describe Iceage Cobra, and is that the same or different than you'd like to think of yourselves?
People have said we sound like The Hives, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Rage Against The Machine, Modest Mouse, Led Zeppelin, Weezer, Foghat and Twisted Sister. With comparisons that diverse it's safe to say that we don't sound like any of them. We would describe our sound as having equal influence from the last 50 years of music. We listen to and enjoy anything that's original and in doing so, hopefully we've come up with something original too.
2. Who are your favorite Seattle bands and why?
Thee Emergency: the first time we saw them my hands were beat red because they made the crowd clap along to every song. Their live show is amazing and there's nobody like them. Hopscotch Boys: very original and sometimes disturbing live show. It's awesome when the crowd feels slightly uncomfortable. Shim: great tunes, great harmonies and an awesome live show complete with lights and fog machines. Vindaloo: Ben Harwood is a guitar shred master! Louder and faster, that's Vindaloo. The Whore Moans: Nobody else sounds like them and they turn every show into a party. The Trucks: They're 4 girls that get the party started. A Gun That Shoots Knives: Comedy/Art/Rock geniuses! I've seen them a dozen times and they haven't repeated a stage costume yet.
3. What are your feelings about the state of rock music in the Northwest and Seattle in particular?
The future's looking good and things are only getting better. There are a lot of good bands and people are very hungry for a good live show.
4. If you could be the opening act for any band, any time period, who would that be and why?
T. Rex is the best band of all time. Their fans go crazy and Marc Bolan seems like a very fascinating individual.
5. What's the latest news from you guys and what's on the horizon?
Our album, "Brilliant Ideas From Amazing People," just came out nationwide last month so everybody needs to make sure that their local record store is carrying it. We have our first video up on our myspace page. We're wrapping up our 4th tour in a year's time and another album and more touring are on the horizon for next fall/winter.
6. What's something people don't know about Iceage Cobra?
We stole the cookie from the cookie jar and we also put the "bop" in the bop-shoo-bop but we have no idea who put the "ram" in the rama-lama-ding-dong.
Iceage Cobra's "We Gotta Move"