INTERVIEW: Icarus The Owl

Pic by Corey Terrill

-Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! We have been very busy but it’s all good stuff. Busy is good.

-What made you decide to cover Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” of all songs?

We all legitimately like the song and thought it would be extremely fun – and it was. We felt like the percussiveness and busyness of the piano parts were very conducive to the type of guitar playing we write. We would also play that main melody on our guitars during soundcheck at our shows.

-How did you guys approach covering this track?

We wanted to stay true to the original but it was also very important that we put our style into it. We kept all of the root chords for the whole song as our template but wrote entirely different instrumentation on top of it. We kept the vocal melodies essentially the same but added a lot of harmonies and extra vocalizations. The original had no harmonies in it. The original is such a great song so we definitely had to make it different enough that it can be enjoyed as its own thing.

-What was it like filming the video?

An absolute blast. We filmed it in just a couple hours. We wanted to convey our personalities a little more so we kept a lot of goofy stuff in there. It was meant to be very light hearted and fun. We just rolled camera on everything we were doing while recording.

-What was the recording and writing process like?

We recorded it in one day with our long-time producer, Stephan Hawkes, in Portland. I will always remember it because we got snowed in. It never snows in Portland, so it was pretty weird and memorable. There are worse places to get snowed in than a recording studio. The writing process was actually pretty similar to our approach to our original songs. We treated it like an original. We just had to set parameters this time– It already had a set structure with certain chords, tempo, and main vocal melody. Then it was, “let’s write our own song within these parameters”

-Does the new single mean we can expect new material? How’s that coming along?

We are always writing. I am just not too sure when it will see the light of day.

-Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I always want it to be sooner than is wise. No release date in mind. My hope is 2017.

-How’s the road been treating you so far? -Any highlights?

The shows have been really great so far. We love being on the road. It’s always nice being able to see friends from other states. The first very first night, something flew into our windshield and shattered it. I wish we had never fixed it and drove around the country like Ace Ventura. Seeing fans come out to the shows and support us will always keep us going.

-What’s been like to share the stage with Frameworks and Sianvar?

They are both great bands so it makes us step up our game. I love it. Everyone is super friendly to tour with. I wish it could go on for longer!

-Any plans to do some live collaborations with the band?

None planned, but tour pranks usually happen on the very last date of the tour. Somehow, someone ends up less clothed than ideal – looking forward to that.

-What else is happening next in Icarus The Owl’s world?

We have February off from touring, but we are back at with Stolas and Mylets in March. We are going to try to wrap up that new music thing. Having a 2017 release is my goal. I am dying to play some of these new songs live! Thanks for the interview!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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