“there are lots of young musicians trying to capture this kind of guitar-driven spike-pop sound and not doing it nearly as well. With Dyer reactivating the Icons, at least as a recording unit, now is the time to give these Masters of Disaster their long overdue props. “Michael Toland – The Big Takeover
“The Icons have somehow conjured up a mixture of the sixties and the eighties (the Seattle pop rock eighties) and remastered it for the present. No mosh pit for these guys, though on some songs they deserve one.” Frank Gutch Jr. – Rock and Reprise
“Masters Of Disaster (Green Monkey) is an album that represents the Seattle sound circa 1985, and I don’t mean a body of water either. Their sound was a mixture of new wave with a hint of gothic overtones, punk but not overly punk, but with an attitude and hint of sarcasm that has become one of the region’s greatest trademarks.” John Book
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Immediate download of 14-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Album download includes Tom Dyer - I Call Your Name & 2 Icons videos made in 2010.
One day we got this crazy idea that we should have a real band and play live. I told Steve that if we came up with the right band name, the rest would fall into place. The next day The Icons appeared in my brain and we were off. Rick the bass player worked with my wife making pottery and was lured into the band with a New York steak (medium rare). Tim played drums for a studio client of mine, occasionally referred to as The Cosmic Tunas. We just figured we’d steal him and did. We were off and running for a three year stab at glory.
released July 1, 2010
Tom Dyer - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Steve Trettevik - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Rick Yust – Bass, Vocals
Tim Nelson – Drums, Vocals
James Gascoigne – Drums ("Write Back to Me," "Howlin’ at the Moon")
On bonus track, "I Call Your Name":
Tom Dyer – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jeff Kelly – Guitar, Keyboards
Rick Yust – Bass
Peter Barnes – Drums
Produced by Tom Dyer
"I Call Your Name" produced by Tom Dyer & Jeff Kelly
Cover by Tom Dyer
Recorded on 8 track in 1983/84 at TDS Productions by Tom Dyer and Keith Livingston with an assist from Peter Barnes, except "Voodoo Villain" recorded on 4 track in 1982 and "Howlin’ at the Moon" recorded live at the fabulous Rainbow Tavern sometime in 1985, engineer unknown.
Mixed and Mastered by Tom Dyer at TDS Productions 2010. Digital transfer for mixdown thanks to Conrad Uno at Egg, the owner of ancient tape decks. Additional keyboards in 2010 on "Women," "The Hunger" and "Work Ethic Rock" by Glen Slater. The Icons wish to thank: Vicki, Sheri, Sistie and Ann, who put up with their mess back in the day; Keith who was our long time sound guy and, most of all, their friends and fans who stuck with them through thick and thicker.
Extra bonus with the album download:
Videos for "We're so Bad," & "Double-O-Zero" by Howie Wahlen in 2010.