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Young, dumb and full of come.

“Nobody crashed a car into my house,” says Rory Atwell. “We just met in clubs. We were all in bands before.” Devonté Hynes and Sam Mehran had previously been making “bad hip-hop, bad electro and bad hair metal”; the trio’s current incarnation is Test Icicles – power metal for 2005: iPod backing tracks, two FX-d guitars and screamed vocals.

Guitarist Devonté found out he was in the band by reading about it on the internet. Typically the band generated hype and marshalled fans through message board – the fanzine of the post-millennium. Or, as Dev puts it, “People with broadband tend to like us.” The gig they’re playing tonight is part promo, part thank you to their myspace posse.

It’s apt that during the soundcheck Devonté idly strums the intro to the Chili Peppers’ Scar Tissue. Test Icicles’ Frankenstein mix of metal and hip-hop recalls 80s skate-punk like RHCP, Faith No More or (if you were being unkind) Pop Will Eat Itself.

The album, For Screening Purposes Only, is released at Halloween. Inspired by an Ice Cube ‘gangbangers-hit-the-music-biz’ movie, it checks all the markers of teenage objectionable behaviour: bug-eyed Johnny Rotten moves and snakes drawn in the margins of textbooks. They have a song called Party On Dudes, natch.

James Cowdery 20 October 05
Test Icicles – For Screening Purposes Only, released 31 October 05 on Domino Records.
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comment by vonaxenbourg    Dec 29, 2005
Eminently digable. My gonads were rockin'.

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