Photos + Review: Icon For Hire at The Garage (Burnsville, MN)

Icon for Hire (Decatour, IL), Makeout, A Better Hand (Minneapolis, MN)
March 7th, 2018
The Garage in Burnsville, MN

At this point I’m not ever sure how I stumbled across Icon for Hire. If I had to wager a guess it would have been because of wanting to see Assuming We Survive opening for them last summer and then wanting to check out the headliner. But at this point Icon for Hire feels like a band I’ve know and liked for many years now because of how dear to me they’ve grown and from how fast.

I got to see Icon for Hire for the second time this Wednesday night, and real is the one word I would give to describe Icon for Hire and any of their concerts. There’s such an intensity, fierceness and appreciation given off from lead signer Ariel Bloomer. One of my favorite songs “Get Well,” really resonates with me at this point of time for me, as someone who’s been down in the dumps for awhile recently and got incredibly sick of it. Literally saying at times to people that “I want to get better” and trying to reassure those people that I did mean it, probably more than anything else I said at the time. So a song that’s all about being sick and tired of being sick and tired hits deep, and I was glad to see it played as the first of two songs played for an encore.

I was disappointed that “You Can’t Kill Us” was part of the setlist but wasn’t really played, just those words and part of the song were repeated. “Hope of Morning” is a song I’m iffy on too. It feels like it’s building up to something that ends up being missing, but there’s there’s a certain authenticity to Ariel’s lyrics, and ease of relatability especially shown in this song and it’s chorus (When the hope of morning starts to fade in me / I don’t dare let darkness have its way with me / And the hope of morning makes me worth the fight / I will not be giving in tonight) that I just can’t say I have anything but love for this band.

Icon For Hire shows seem to be known for being as much therapy sessions as they do concerts, The night culminated for me in the fact that Ariel recently came out with her first book “Turn Your Pain Into Art.” I bought it and have been reading it a lot over the past few days and a lot of what she writes about (self love, how to love your life, etc) is stuff I’ve been thinking of lately and wanted to talk to some friends about, but some of it’s been hard to form those thoughts into words at time. It’s always nice to get reassurance that you’re not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

Future Icon for Hire shows are now going to be a must go, and now my next hope and wish is to meet Ariel and thank her in person.

Thoughts?

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