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Stronger Wings A Chat with Icarus the Owl’s Joey Rubenstein The music industry is rough. Starting a band when you’re a kid is innocent, dreams of playing on a big stage seem feasible, and there’s nothing to be jaded about. You play because it’s fun. You go to shows and enjoy the opening acts instead of wondering who their booking agent is and how they hell they got on that tour with only 5,000 Facebook likes. Little by little, the once-innocent band you started becomes less effortless. Band members can’t always make it to practice, you start to see through the pay-to-play ticket schemes, relationships happen, you try recording to a click for the first time and realize you suck, and soon enough, it weeds out the people who would rather just play guitar casually in their room once a week. It’s not for everyone and that is perfectly okay. Charles Bukowski said it best: “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mi BB6V@VBVFrf"F&VP"fW"F2B6VBVg&VWr&&V6गB6VBVB6V@VFW&6B6V@V6W'( F6FFU&W"B6"0