Icon For Hire will be making a stop in Minneapolis on on Saturday, November 9th. This time around will be at the Skyway Theatre’s Studio B. I had the chance to photograph them at The Garage a few years back and have been wanting to photograph them again at a different location ever since. They have a very fun show that is a blast to capture. I’m looking forward to covering this one!
Despite their name, ICON FOR HIRE arenʼt indebted to anyone but their fans. Since forming in 2007, the duo—singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—have amassed a legion of followers who have connected with not only the bandʼs genre-bending sound, but also their honesty. That soul-baring spirit and realism is at the heart of everything Icon For Hire do, and itʼs front and center on their latest Billboard-charting release, YOU CANʼT KILL US… Produced by Mike Green (Gwen Stefani, All Time Low) and funded by fans through Kickstarter on a campaign that raised $127,200—making it one of the yearʼs highest-raising music campaign —the self-released album marks a brand new chapter for the band. Blending hard rock, hip-hop, electronica and pop into an anthemic swirl of both melody and muscle, You Canʼt Kill Us isnʼt only a modern sounding record— itʼs awash in lyrical themes that tap into the times as well. Addiction, depression and self-worth are all topics Ariel addresses and these themes reverberate loudly in todayʼs tumultuous, judgment-first culture. After all, having survived the record label system and reemerged stronger than ever, Icon For Hire are living proof that you can take control of your life—and thatʼs perhaps the greatest success anyone can hope to accomplish.
Joining them on this stop is local favorite, City of the Weak. To be honest, they are one of my favs as well. Also, Amy Guess will be there for this one.
Door at 6:00 pm | Show at 6:30 pm
Tickets available HERE.