SICBAY: Suspicious Icons: CD

Jun 22, 2007

Third release from this Minneapolis trio. Led by singer Nick Sakes (ex-Dazzling Killmen, Colossamite), this is raw, emotional rock that burns like a defective socket being gingerly rammed into your eardrum. The title track rocks thanks to Greg Schaal’s frenzied back beats. “Riposte in Pieces” sounds like a tune Roger Miller would dig thoroughly. Dave Erb’s guitar collides with Sakes’ playing to glorious effect on songs like “The Paper Blanket.” Fans of old SST bands like Saccharine Trust will worship Sicbay. The only complaint Bones may bring up is there’s no bass player—but hey, you can’t have it all! Recorded in a studio that used to be Blackberry Way. I bet Bob Stinson’s beer-soaked guitar strings are still in the corner. Nice.

 –koepenick (54 40 or Fight!)