Test Icicles
For Screening Purposes Only


3.0
good

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
April 18th, 2006 | 16 replies | 5,270 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Over the years some fairly odd things have become hits. Try to think of the weirdest hit single ever. Whatever you think of, I will bet that the oddly named, Test Icicles UK hit, Circle, Square, Triangle is weirder than, or equal to in weirdness.

While usually I stay away from bands that scream most of there lyrics, there is something about Test Icicles that draws them to me. Maybe because it's different than anything I've ever listened to. Maybe it's because TI are the perfect antacid to the type of music I usually listen to. Whatever the case Test Icicles brand of music attracts me in some way.

Test Icicles' debut (and since they recently called it quits, last) album is a frantic blend of experimental, post-hardcore, punk and noise pop. Weird, is the first word that came to mind when I put For Screening Purposes Only into my computer. The album is a (nearly) non-stop barrage of sound to the ears. Don't get me wrong though, after I got my head around how strange FSPO is I really began to enjoy it. Tracks like album opener, "Your Biggest Mistake", a track chock full of screamed lyrics, dark, descending synth lines and crazy guitar riffs make it hard to sit still while you listen.

Despite being their furiously frantic instrumentation, Test Icicles still manage to write catchy songs. Tracks like "Pull the Lever" and the previously mentioned "Circle, Square, Triangle" are hard not to sing along to (well depends who you talk to). The latter begins with an off beat guitar riff and a dark bass line finally evolving into an upbeat mix of furious yet catchy guitar, huge bass and what sounds like a British man being strangled while singing some fairly odd lyrics. Hard to figure out why the same country who loves James Blunt and Keane would love this. But then again I like it and I listen to Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.

Some tracks off this album are just a little too much for me. "Catch It" is a good example of this. Verses made up entirely of heavy guitar, fast drums and some of scariest screaming I've ever encountered. The song makes an about face in the choruses, when the guitars drop out and leave just an evil synth line and vocals repeating Catch It over and over.

This album to my surprise did more than confuse and entertain me. It made me want to dance. The whole album is quite upbeat. Tracks like the super cool 'Boa vs. Python' make me get out of my seat (or at least move my head, hands or feet). Seeing the lyrics certainly won't convince you of this though, Forget the rain, you can always say keep trying /So much for life /We could always wait for it to sink in are screamed/sung (fairly hard to tell) in Test Icicles' singer's distinct yelp over high gain guitar riffs and fast-paced drums. "All You Need is Blood", another highly danceable track follows nearly the same pattern.

All in all For Screening Purposes Only is a good CD. Different and smart, two things the music industry (well the pop industry) lacks. Sadly the Test Icicles are no more, so this is our only insight into their spastic punk style.

Pros
Different (From what I listen to)
Singer's voice
Instrumentation
Quite danceable

Cons
Tracks can get kind of samey
Singer's voice
Some terrible tracks, such as 'What's Michelle Like? "

Standout Tracks
Your Biggest Mistake
Circle, Square, Triangle
Boa vs. Python
What?s Your Damage

3/5

-Dan



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2006



15697 Comments


Has there ever been a better band name?

The Jungler
April 18th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do not know.

tom79
April 18th 2006



3347 Comments


I think you spelled the band name wrong. :confused:
because in the review you said it right, but not in the title. You're missing a c. Maybe its just me, or i can't see right.This Message Edited On 04.18.06

Digging: Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town

The Jungler
April 18th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Crap, your right. I'll get a mod to fix it.
This Message Edited On 04.18.06

tom79
April 18th 2006



3347 Comments


Nice it got fixed. And good review too. I've heard of this band, but can't say i recall any of their songs.

Rockafella
April 18th 2006



88 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys are hella overrated and pretty generic for that matter.

But some songs still make me dance, so they aren't too bad. This Message Edited On 04.18.06

embroglio
April 18th 2006



219 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah. This band is the epitemy(sp?) of bad wannabe hipster music.

Lazybassplr56
April 18th 2006



27 Comments


Ya, there not really doing anything new. Besides a cool name the music is pretty generic.This Message Edited On 04.18.06

The Jungler
April 18th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, to each his own. I didn't find this very generic, although I'm not really all that familiar with this genre and while they are overrated, I don't think this is too bad.

EDIT: I've listened to this a little more, and lowered my rating from a "3.5" to a "3"This Message Edited On 04.18.06

Lazybassplr56
April 18th 2006



27 Comments


Nice job on the review though.

The Jungler
April 18th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks.

ktstein
April 19th 2006



438 Comments


Testicles...

LifeSentence
April 19th 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review

I liked 'Whats Your Damage?'. Found that to be a catchy tune, but yea.. as a whole.. nothing really special here.

Also, I remember reading something in NME that they've split up now or something and gone back to what the were doing b4 they formed this band (One was working in McDonalds or somethin haha!)

wartree
December 22nd 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

test icicles ended, that is sad, i liked them

Two-Headed Boy
December 22nd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. This band is the epitemy(sp?) of bad wannabe hipster music.

Except not.
This is a really creative album, though I agree partially with this review. 3.5 for now.

chris21
January 24th 2008



159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

an alright album some good stand out tracks...

i just like the way test icicles got signed by messing around and basically made a fool out of the music industry.



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