Flitting between sugar-rush pop-punk, faintly pre-Beatles 50's rock'n'roll and hints of the boomy drama 60's garage, there's a few moment where The Band Ice Cream really have hit the spot. One of the weirdest, but greatest, to make a blast on Third Outing
Really, one of the weirdest. And yet some of their songs are, surprisingly, so melodic and so sweet. The goofy San Francisco-based group The Band Ice Cream have just released their latest record Classically Trained. On first listen you think, "wow, that's all oddly professional", which somewhat deflates the allure of the whole gig being some kind of "wild-abandon-whatever" thing.
What the band do manage to do with the record is infuse their profane three-chord rackets with abundance. Really, so much more personality and imagination than most of the other punksters out there. Take Jerk It Off, Get Rich and Thoughts We Had, The Band Ice Cream clearly are a melting-pot pop band, toying with the genres and the textures. It's a good sound which matches a very good image.
So yes, their music can be characterized by their unpretentious simplicity and the boldness of their attack, and although any in depth analysis of a band like this seems kind of wasted, they do what they do, you probably should just listen to The Band Ice Cream and enjoy. Because after all, it's only music. Here's a weird interview with the band...
The Band Ice Cream in one sentence? Terrible human beings playing terrible music.
What does Classically Trained mean to you? Obedience and discipline towards your lover.
Three songs which have influenced the record? Burndt Jamb by Weezer since it's so beautiful but also gets thick // Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson since it's melodically captivating // It Hurts To Be Alone by The Wailing Wailers because we try to sing like that guy (not Bob Marley) everyday in the van.
Is there a story which epitomises the band's spirit? Let's hold hands and dance and pray. Our prayers are all we have in the aftermath. The van will leave without you and drive itself across the globe. See you on the moon. Meet you back in San Francisco.
What was the most fun part of creating this new record? Yelling "jerk it off" on blast in a tiny recording dungeon in the middle of the tenderloin at 2am.
We think Get Rich is the best track...Get Rich was originally a poem I wrote called Artist Complex. It just sometimes sucks how if you're trying, or do, see yourself as a so called artist you feel some kind of pressure to take the ingredients of your life, sometimes really fucked up shit, and try to make a fucking pie out of it through song or paint or whatever the outlet may be. It's just a song pointing out that pressure and how people who think of themselves in this light almost start to welcome misery.