Why Ice Cream Rules by Simone Tisshaw-Baril (2017)
Ice Cream are one of those bands that can cradle the feeling of cold seriousness and beauty and weave it into a haunting song. Their multi-instrumentalism as well as their looming “chimp box” playing their backing beats make their live shows permanently engaging, with there always being something to take in. There is also an added quality that they carry of impending chaos, with just two people in control of multiple musical elements. At any given time, Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist could be controlling chilling oscillations, ripping a flame fingered guitar solo, delivering a strong haunting vocal, asserting the bass as a lead melodic instrument, playing a spine tingling synth line – It’s hard to keep up. Vocal delivery pierces ears with its seriousness, no matter whose mouth it is coming from. Ice Cream are not a band that dials it in, making their live shows memorable and unique with combinations of costume, set design and lighting. Two of the sweetest people I’ve ever known have created their own world with their own sound to go in it. Every time I am able to enter that world I am thrilled. Attitude, inventiveness, commitment and execution are why I love Ice Cream.