Tone Report Weekly 203 - Page 24

“In 2009, Icarus wasted no time in completing its debut album, The Spotless Mind, which sold over 10,000 copies while its members followed the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.” Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” Icarus the Owl is the living embodiment of that sentiment. By the time Icarus the Owl formed in 2009, singer- guitarist Joey Rubenstein 24 TO N E TA LK // already had multiple national tours under his belt with his previous band. These were extremely DIY tours and they were long, too—they lasted for several months at a time, where the band would play anywhere and for anyone that would listen. In 2009, Icarus wasted no time in completing its debut album, The Spotless Mind, which sold over 10,000 copies while its members followed the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. These are grueling, eight- hour sunburned-filled days of humbly asking attendants to listen to their band through dinky ‘90s-looking headphones. The Warped Tour was two months long and tested the band’s will and sanity, but in the end, it sold a boatload of CDs and had a new demand to play in the cities it had previously visited. This started the foundation of both its fanbase and work ethic. Icarus was also slowly building a following in Podunk towns throughout the nation that it would frequent on its self-booked tours. “We would book our own tours until 2013. We’d play in super small towns and we’d try to make the drive times really short so we could profit from the tour. There isn’t a whole lot going on in these small stro n g er wi n g s // a c hat with icaru s th e owl’ s j o ey ru b en stei n