Tone Report Weekly 203 - Page 28

never imagined being on the Billboard charts, even if it was just the Heatseeker’s chart. It’s a personal milestone for sure,” said Rubenstein. At the end of 2015, the band just finished a European tour that was grueling on a more personal level. The Paris terrorist attacks happened nearby the day the band played their show in Paris. Their tourmates, Closure In Moscow, were robbed just the day before in London, and ultimately, the next show was canceled. After that tour, ItO wasn’t really playing music together, and its members simply needed a break—it was the most trying time in their professional and personal lives. Ironically, Rubenstein needed the outlet of writing songs, and so he did. When the dust from the unplanned hiatus settled, ItO began writing and touring full-time again. They decided to press onwards with a renewed fire. Whether the fuel was ItO’s near-breakup jitters or 28 TO N E TA LK // 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