Stevenson Sedgwick (The Phantom Limbs, Factory Of Angst) and Skot B. (Anal Kitties, The Phantom Limbs) formed Black Ice in 1999. Black Ice concentrated on making music with acoustic instruments, samples, and found sounds that they tweaked and twisted through a myriad of studio effects. Their early music was primarily instrumental and was often used in art performances in and around the SF Bay Area at places like Cell Space in San Francisco and Mungasoland in Oakland.
2001 saw the inclusion of the Black Ice track Departure on the "Charm" motion picture soundtrack (5 rue christine). 2001 also saw the addition of Miss Kel (Sister Mary Shoelace) on vocals. The band, now a three piece, set to work on a four song demo.
Aside from the haunting vocals of Ms. Correll, the Ice used a wide range of conventional and unconventional instruments on the demo including: violins, piano, piano wire, wine glasses, a broken organ, samplers, synthesizers (broken and unbroken), water faucets, an assortment of drums, percussion, guitars and bass.
In 2002, Black Ice enlisted the aid of Mister Brown The Freaks, Sister Mary Shoelace and Melanie X Teeth, Unicorn Stickers for live performances. Currently Black Ice balances its time between the stage and the studio.
Their debut record, A 10" EP on Atakra Records, has been released to critical acclaim. Black Ice has since made several compilation appearances and their first full length album was released on Hungry Eye Records in May 2005.
EYE19 Before the First Light
The Bay Area's Black Ice return with their third full length. Though they stay true to their signature sound, combining experimental soundscapes with some minimal electronics and an icy postpunk beat, this most recent effort is more meticulous and resolute-sounding than previous efforts. Rather than the abandon that characterized Terrible Birds or even Myopia, Before the First Light is more determinedly intense, gradually accumulating in nervous energy as the songs progress. Propelled by an insistent beat, Miss Kel's vocals dart and crash across a synth heavy clamor, alternating between icy whisper and a caterwaul that would do Danielle Dax or Lydia Lunch proud. With this noisy epic, Black Ice continue to contribute to the long tradition of Bay Area experimental and post-punk bands.
After spreading their unique brand of darkness to many corners of the globe with their critically lauded debut "Terrible Birds," the Oakland troublemakers return with Myopia. Upping the ante with a deeper, more full sound, the Ice continue to fuse heavy experimental soundscapes with cathartic postpunk cadences creating an addictively hypnotic sound. While their last album was quickly praised by many as one of the best and most anticipated albums of the year, Myopia is undoubtedly more icily intense and hypnotically sinister.
EYE07 Terrible Birds
What started as an experimental side project to Bay Area stalwarts Phantom Limbs to compose haunting instrumental sound-scapes soon evolved to a full band of its own. Numerous compilation appearances (including Cochon Records' “Nostalgia Del Buio” compiled by Vanishing's Jesse Eva and Billy Bates as well as Manuel Cochon, and GSL Records' “Golden Grouper”) and an EP on Atakra Records landed their unnerving din instant acclaim in multiple continents. The throbbing rhythms and jagged melodies of this debut album are both atmospheric and edgy enough, and pensive and razorsharp enough to appeal to enthusiasts of indie, post-punk, and deathrock fans alike.
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