When a band can gain a following based off of their personal and emotional lyrics rather than through catchy beats and repetitive choruses, you know the band has something special.
The Icarus Account has done that. Through great word-of-mouth, this independent band from Fort Myers, FL has become a prominent breakout in the online indie music industry.
The Icarus Account is made up of twin brothers Ty and Trey Turner. Their melodies are simple; their message tends to be a little more complex.
The Icarus Account gives their account of heartache, life and complicated love, and their lyrics truly strike home with their loyal fans throughout the nation. Their newest release, “Carry Me Home,” contains some of their most raw and emotional stuff to date.
Their songs will make you look inside yourself and relate to what they are actually singing about. They’ll make you think. They make you wonder.
I recently was given the opportunity to speak with Trey Turner of the Icarus Account about their memories in Charlotte, their moving lyrical content and what to expect at their stop at Lakeshore Church in Denver, NC on Dec. 5.
Patrick Bogans: You and your brother, Ty, seem inseparable. Has it never been a struggle to be so emotional and personal around one another when writing?
Trey Turner: We are pretty close but it is definitely tough to be super vulnerable with each other. I think there are times when we are both writing separately and the last person that we want to play the song for is the other one because they are going to know exactly what the song is about and exactly how embarrassing or emotional the song is.
I think that we have both learned along the years though to be more professional with our writing and our music in general and that has helped us with co-writing and understanding if it is a good song it doesn’t matter if it is embarrassing or leaves one of us vulnerable, it needs to be heard.
PB: When writing songs, is it a cathartic experience?
TT: Oh totally. I think especially when we first started writing music it was just for fun and an outlet for us to express ourselves. As we have grown and the band has become more of a business than a hobby we have had to learn to write constantly whether we are experiencing any emotional relief or not.
But I think that one thing we try to do is to take advantage of the fact that there are two writers in the band and we don’t have to force songs. It enables us to take more time with certain songs and if we have to wait for the emotional inspiration to come to finish a certain song we will.
I think in particular with our newest album the audience can really hear how personal all of the songs are.
PB: Any fond memories of Charlotte/North Carolina?
TT: Actually, yes! The first tour that we ever had took us to Charlotte and we quickly made a couple of really good friends in the area that played in a local band called The Decour. They have broken up since then, but we have kept in touch and always try and hang out with them when we are back in town. They have taken us to some fun restaurants in the area like The Penguin (which apparently isn’t hip anymore) which has some great burgers.
PB: What should audience members expect from your show?
TT: They should expect a fun laid back atmosphere with 2 guys playing guitar and singing. We will do a cover or two, but mostly just play our own music and take some requests and really try and engage with the fans. Once we are done playing we try and meet everyone that came and talk to them a little bit so plan to stay a little late.
PB: Has it been easy or hard relying on positive internet word-of-mouth? How does it feel to have such devoted and supportive fans?
TT: You know it’s really tough, but it’s really rewarding. There’s not fan’s that we have that we haven’t worked for or added on a social media site. It makes things go a little slower and at times can be frustrating because we don’t have a big label buying us on to a big tour or paying a lot of money for us to get radio play or anything like that.
But it’s neat because we are building a fan-base that really connects with our music and really cares about it and will hopefully be listening for the entirety of our careers. It also has enabled us to be really personal with the fans that we have made. If a fan emails us or messages us on Facebook, we personally respond and eventually when we see or meet people at shows we end up remembering them.
It’s neat when we play shows for 75-100 people and feel like we know 50 or 60 of them by name, and then we do our best to meet the ones we don’t already know later that night so that next time around we will know them.
It makes the shows and the music feel more personal and it really makes us grateful for the fans that we have and how supportive they have been.