LFC 4th Birthday band #2: Ice Black Birds

Ice Black Birds require little introduction on these pages. The Brighton psychedelic blues revivalists inspired by early Kings Of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the rest were our first ever signing to Laissez Faire Club Records.

We put out their second single, the highly charged and anthemic “As Birds We’d Be Fine” last June, which kick-started a great second half of 2010 for them, culminating in shows at Manchester’s In The City, Paris’ Fleche d’Or, the NME Weekender Festival in Camber Sands and Koko for Club NME.

2011 is set to be even bigger, with the band set to embark on a sold out tour of Holland with local heroes Go Back To The Zoo in February (it went so well last time, they were invited back), as well as their maiden US tour in March, which rolls up in Austin, Texas on 15 March for the much lauded SXSW Festival.

They return to Laissez Faire Club for the sixth time on the 26th at Catch, where they’ll appear just below Scoundrels.


Location: Brighton, UK
Lineup: Sam Denniston (Vocals, Guitar); George Grinling (Lead Guitar); Danny McGurn (Bass); Ollie Liddiard (Drums)
Label: Laissez Faire Club Records (“As Birds We’d Be Fine” single)
Previous LFC appearances: 5
Blog love: “The gist is that they’re fucking fantastic, and I was powerless to resist them” (Les Enfants Terribles)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 9.30pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

S: We’re Ice Black Birds, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet from Brighton influenced by Creendence Clearwater Revival, White Denim, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. We’ve been around for just over two years.

What were your highlights of 2010?

S: Playing on a sold out Dutch tour with Go Back To The Zoo and travelling to a lot of cities that we haven’t perviously been to. Also releasing two singles, meeting a lot of interesting new people, summer festivals, Radio 1 airplay, and generally writing lots of music.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

S: SXSW and another European tour. Also releasing our next single but that is still quite hush hush for now, BUT expect to hear an announcement about that soon…

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

S: Funnily enough we have a record out on Laissez Faire Club Records called “As Birds We’d Be Fine”.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

S: Paris with We are Scientists and The Boxer Rebellion was pretty amazing, also the three shows we played in Holland were great. Europe seems to be where our best shows are. Koko towards the end of last year was pretty immense.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

S: Because we are a band that lives to play live, simple rock ‘n’ roll with an edge. We are massively influenced by 60s and 70s musicians and so plan to do it like they did with years of touring. We’ll be around for a while.

Dante’s Dance by iceblackbirds

MP3: Ice Black Birds – Pretty Ways



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