This 2005 single was never aimed at the likes of me:-
mp3 : Test Icicles – Circle. Square. Triangle.
This lot had probably broken up by the time I first heard the song which would have been on one or other of the music video channels in an end of the year round-up. Taken from the bio on the website of their label:-
Sounding like a bootleg Def Jam t -shirt at the end of a sweaty party the Test Icicles trio made a sound already casting a long shadow of influence among their peers and a new generation of messy hyper-hormoned kids.
The trio of 25-year-old Rory Atwell and 19-year-olds Sam Mehran and Devonté Hynes burst out of underground file sharing sights and into messy one-off gigs in friend’s houses in a riot of shredder guitar solos, beatbox rhythms, fringes and drainpipes. Whilst many bands claim to be “into a bit of everything” Test Icicles sounded like everything they’d ever heard, spewed out and re-wired for a different type of moshpit etiquette, a brand new teenage riot.
The tracks on their debut album For Screening Purposes Only sounded like mash-ups of themselves and the single Circle, Square, Triangle became a modern nightclub staple. Their live shows were an eruption of metal poses, injury, boy and girl crowd surfacing and air punching – a spectacle that any award-winning stylist would have trouble improving.
Just as the mainstream media were beginning to get their heads around peer-to-peer networking and the power of MySpace the band that had truly evolved out of below the radar networking did the unthinkable and split – and left a perfect mess of themselves on record.
So there you are…a song by a band aimed solely at the kids and how they consumed music and yet here I was at 42 years of age falling for its charms. I was drawn to it by its energy, its rawness and the fact it had so many different post-punk and new wave influences. The kids probably had heard very little like it, but I had a cupboard full of vinyl that said otherwise.
I have never had any desire though to even search out any other song by Test Icicles. Having this 7″ was good enough for me.
Here’s the short and sharp b-side:-
mp3 : Test Icicles – Lmno Hoes