Icarus in Flight Again
Kid Icarus, Eww Yaboo and Mock Sun at The Vintage
Kid Icarus is back and ready to play a local show featuring songs new and old spanning their extensive catalogue and current works in progress. Icarus will be joined by bands Eww Yaboo and Mock Sun as they take the stage this Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Vintage, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6.
“We will debut a couple new songs from an EP that we will soon be working on,” said Eric Schlittler, Kid Icarus’ leader. “We’re trying to record it ourselves in our practice space live to eight track and then overdub vocals and synthesizers using computers after the fact. We released an album on a Philly based label (Big School Records) last summer called American Ghosts. Now, we’re a year out, we have a couple new songs, a new bass player and we’re focused on getting new recordings out there.”
Schlittler also lends his hands to Summersteps Records, an indie label that planted its roots by initially releasing handmade cassettes throughout the region. The label is known for its hard working self-promotion as well as signing very obscure musical acts from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas that don’t quite fit into the mainstream. Summersteps has worked with artists such as Eww Yaboo, Tigers Jaw, Lewis & Clarke and The Swims. Schlittler approaches his work with Kid Icarus the same way, choosing to move in and out of the spotlight as he sees fit.
“We’ve been around for a very long time and I almost feel like we kind of pop in and out,” Schlittler. “We’re always steady. We always stay pretty far underground and pop up every once in a while; play a show, record a new album and get it out there. I like that. I really don’t feel attached to the local music scene that much. I feel like I know people and have done things with the label, but I’m just happy to have our own corner with the band. We do our own thing.”
Audiences can expect at least three or four new Kid Icarus songs no one has heard, along with a career summary of selections from the band’s discography.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and playing a show,” Schlittler said. “I just became a dad last year, so my time is at more of a premium than it was. It’s going to be nice just to get out and hang out with people and musicians and play some new music. I’m excited about the whole experience. We can enjoy it a little more; it’s not so much of a job as it is a rewarding project.”
Kid Icarus is Eric Schlittler (guitar, vocals), Joe Marchegiani (bass), Justin Marchegiani (guitar) and Jeff Gilotti (drums).
— tom graham
If you go:
What: Eww Yaboo, Kid Icarus and Mock Sun
When: Saturday, Nov. 10. Doors open
at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.
Where: The Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., Scranton