Photo by Annalie Bouchard
Based out of Brooklyn, Weeping Icon have a very specific sound crafted from a few related yet different genres. Their latest single, "Two Ways," has the edge and metal adjacent sound of L7 mixed with the angst and driving punk of riot grrrl. What really makes a song like "Two Ways" stand out is that is also has some of the noise and sound quality of art rock or noise rock. All of this is with a post punk beat, which creates a fantastic mix of familiar sounds shot out in a unique blend of sound. Despite the anger involved, this is a really fun song that fans of straight up punk and metal as well as noise rock are going to get really into.
Sara Fantry of Weeping Icon says of the new song:
"'Two Ways' is about people who want to appear virtuous in their public facing personality, but live a contradictory shadow life in which they do whatever they please, no matter how harmful their actions are to others. It’s told through the voice of a man named Todd (yes, that’s his real name!) who I encountered a few years back. He used a harmful term towards a woman he was angry with, then accepted a long explanatory talk from me, appeared to reflect, enthusiastically told me he’d appreciated me taking the time to educate him and agreed to change his behavior, and then immediately found that same woman and started calling her harmful sexist names without a moment between. I was truly in shock at how comfortable he was with his personality being stratified into two layers - the outward-facing kind, modern man, looking to learn from the necessarily rapid changes in society - and the sinister, selfish sadist beneath who believes in his own entitlement to act with impunity."
You can watch the video for "Two Ways" below. Ocelli is due out November 18 on Fire Talk Records. The EP can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on Weeping Icon, check out the band on Facebook and Twitter.