With perhaps the inevitable oversaturation of the indie market with ignomious band names and umpteenth-rate home recordings it’s nice to know that Scranton, PA’s Kid Icarus are still putting out records. I happened to stumble across them (and by association, Summersteps Records) when I bought massive lots of ‘indie cd’s’ on eBay several years back. Be My Echo, My Dad Is A Dinosaur and Naked In The Afternoon: A Tribute To Jandek were strewn about in the pile, all released by Summersteps. Given my closet retro gamer status I quickly reached for Kid Icarus and was greeted with lo-fi panache and a cover of one of my all-time favorite tracks, Roky Erickson’s ‘You’re An Unidentified Flying Object’. Almost ten years later and Eric Schlittler is still at it with his latest statement, Imaginary Songs And Aluminum Hits. Long-time fans will soon realize that while the production has become a little more crisp since the band’s earlier musings, the hooks and the manner in which they sink themselves you still remain. Fans of Bee Thousand-era Guided By Voices, Sebadoh or Spare Snare (whoa, remember them???) will latch onto what’s being offered up here. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to know the coal region of PA (my birthplace) is exporting something other than Yuengling and pierogies.
The band has a page full of album tracks, demos and live takes over har and you can also sample two tracks off Aluminum below. And lest ye turn your nose up to (inferior?) mp3’s (like I have a tendency to do) there’s a vinyl pressing – limited to 250 copies with a free digital download of the album. Spin it right round.