The female-fronted melodic Metal band Icarus Lives are one of Western Australia’s rising stars, with an impressive debut album putting them on the map last year. Drummer and founding member Naomi Treacy reflects on what it took to get the band to where they are today, and particularly the release of the album ‘Vantablack.’
“Oh man, where do I begin?” The long road behind Treacy is evident in her voice. “So essentially we were just jamming at my place, and I was just kind of sick of not having something exciting to talk about to do with the band, so I turned around went, ‘Look, how do you guys feel about doing an album? You know, cos we spent a lot of time sitting on the EP, and I think it’s time we release something new.’ And they were like, ‘Yeah yeah yeah, that sounds like a great idea,’ and ‘Okay, cool, I’ll find a studio,’ you know, find the business side. And eventually we went through Scudley Records, and Peter Renzullo who runs it actually ended up being a really good friend of ours, so it was really good to have someone in the studio who I suppose was someone new to our bullshit.”
She gives a wry laugh that seems to typify many of her recollections of the band. “And he was more than happy to give us banter back. You’ll probably see him online giving us a heap of shit, but he’s great, it’s good fun. But in the lead-up to actually recording, when you’re actually trying to get something out, when everybody’s wanting to push out something that’s a certain quality, tensions were a little high, you know, we were getting stressed about getting the best product possible because we really want to tour with this album. And going into the studio we had a bit of an issue, we didn’t even do pre-prod; you know, first album, we never thought we were going to do pre-prod. It’s kind of really important,” she laughs again, with the clarity of hindsight.
“It ended up taking two years to record this album instead of the six months we expected. But all good things take time. But there were points where I’d have discussions with other members of the band and we were just getting a bit fed up with it, but it all turned out for the best. At the end of the day I think it was 100% worth it, even with all the headaches and hassles and the arguments, and the issues that we came across. Because things kept changing because we missed our pre-prod. It seemed like the boys would record something and then they’d hear it back and, ‘Oh, I don’t really like that actually, I want to change that,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, you’ve just been playing it like that for the last two years, are you kidding me?’ But you know, it all worked out, and I tell you what, we were sort of a bit frazzled right up to the album launch because we got the CDs hot off the press about two hours before we got on stage. So it was intense, it was pretty intense. But by that point there was no going back, and we needed the CDs!”
Treacy reveals that Icarus Lives already have another album in the works. “I’d like to think that it’s actually getting a little heavier,” she adds. “I’d describe the album ‘Vantablack’ as a little bit of darkness of everyone in the band, but I’d like to think that we’re delving deeper into another realm of musical darkness without being too heavy. So I think there’s definitely going to be a lot more keys involved, so there’ll be a bit more of a symphonic touch to it. There’s already several songs in there that I’m just so excited to release. They’re epic, they’re heavy, they’re melodic and I’m looking forward to helping write lyrics for this album because, oh my god,” she grins. “It’s going to be an adventure, and I’m hoping it’s another story like ‘Vantablack.’”
Another part of the Icarus Lives success story is their recent addition to the Pain tour for the show in Perth, alongside Deadspace. “I honestly have no idea what to expect,” Treacy admits, “but I hope that everyone enjoys it. We’re going to put on a hell of a show, and we’re not going to forget it, and hopefully no one else will, for the right reasons. Hopefully we don’t make total dicks of ourselves,” she adds with her trademark humour. “That’d be good. Nah, I’m really excited, I’m stoked that we got that gig. I love Pain, they’re a great band. I always forget how much I enjoy Industrial Metal, like constantly, you know? And then you start listening to a specific band and you go, ‘Man, how do I not remember how much I love this genre?’ So we’re pretty pumped.”
As for the rest of the year’s touring plans, Treacy can’t give too much away yet. “We do have a couple of things planned,” she reveals coyly, “but they’re not announced yet. But moving forward, next year we’d really like to go back to the East Coast. I know that there’s a couple of promoters in Sydney who are asking us to come back next year, so we’re gonna make that happen. But we don’t wanna just do that one show, we want to see if we can do a full leg, so that’d be good. I mean we had plans to do it this year but something else came up, which we’re hopefully going to be able to talk about soon, that’d be nice. But there’s definitely big news on the horizon.”
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