Icon For Hire return with new gritty single ‘Ready For Combat’, alongside a high-powered music video. ‘Ready For Combat’ is the first cut from their upcoming new album released in partnership with Kartel Music Group.
Icon For Hire will head out on their first US tour in over two years, accompanied by Awake At Last and Sumo Cyco. They will kick off their colossal 25-city outing on June 16 at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC and will end on July 22 in Dallas, TX at Amplified Live. Tickets for the Icon For Hire US tour are on salenow. Find more information here.
Following up on the Rock Sound and Kerrang! Radio supported album ‘Amorphous’, ‘Ready For Combat’ channels a harder-edged sound, in the band’s own words; “grittier, louder, larger”, featuring lead singer and songwriter Ariel Bloomer’s highly confrontational lyrics spilling all her suppressed rage, lead guitarist Shawn Jump’s in-your-face guitar style, co-written with Breaking Benjamin’s Keith Wallen andmixed by Joe Rickard of In Flames and Red.
Describing the song as “a punch in the face”, lead singer Ariel Bloomer says: “I’m demanding a fight, insisting that my demons come out to meet me. It actually feels amazing to acknowledge this angrier side of me. As women we often don’t have the space and freedom to do that, so it feels good to create some space with this song”. “It’s pure aggression from the start!”, adds Shawn, “it doesn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles we usually incorporate in our song”. This heaviness is perfectly depicted by the gripping video accompanying the single, which features Ariel in all her fierceness.
Since forming in 2007, Icon For Hire – composed of singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump – have quietly amassed a legion of fans. With 250 millions global streams to date and nearly 1 million followers across social platforms, Icon For Hire are no longer the sleeping giants of the modern rock scene. Having sold over 120,000 albums to date through their completely independent set up, they are one of the most successful direct to fans stories. With ‘Ready For Combat’ Icon For Hire continues to build their legacy on their own terms, unapologetically forcing all to take note that they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
|US TOUR DATES|
|June 16 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger|
|June 17 – Baltimore, MD – Zen West|
|June 18 – Lancaster, PA – Mickey’s Black Box|
|June 19 – Williamsburg, NY – Sovereign|
|June 21 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall|
|June 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Craft House|
|June 24 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room|
|June 25 – Columbus, OH – Rumba|
|June 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache|
|June 28 – Joliet, IL – The Forge|
|June 30 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club|
|July 1 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater|
|July 2 – Iowa City, IA – Wildwoods|
|July 3 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music|
|July 5 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room|
|July 7 – Denver, CO – HQ|
|July 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex|
|July 11 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon|
|July 13 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post|
|July 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge|
|July 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad|
|July 19 – San Antonio TX – Paper Tiger|
|July 21 – Houston TX – Scout Bar|
|July 22 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live|