Hailing from Americaʼs center, Omaha-based Icky Blossoms formed in the
blizzard of 2011 through friendship, trials and a mutual desire to make art and
new music. A brainchild born from the boredom of sitting still. Guitarist and
vocalist Derek Pressnall met Icky Blossoms vocalist Sarah Bohling and lead
guitarist Nik Fackler in the vibrant Omaha art scene and invited them to play in
his band Flowers Forever. Enchanted by endless nights in clubs and inspired
with a desire to program dance music with instantaneous grooves and depth,
Pressnall, an acclaimed visual artist, and Fackler, a spirit-award nominated
filmmaker, combined with Bohling’s mesmerizing voice and formed Icky
Icky Blossoms – “Perfect Vision” Video from stereogum on Vimeo.
Icky Blossoms combine bass-heavy electronic grooves, pop structure, and a rock
& roll swagger to pioneer a sound on the audio vanguard: music that is
simultaneously avant garde, catchy and danceable. Their music spans from the
anthemic to the introverted, chronicling the twists and turns of the human
condition. Nodding to great sub-genres of the past, while creating songs firmly
propelled into the future. Each band member arrives at the group from distinct
musical backgrounds and collectively cite varied influences including
contemporary pop, electronic, hip hop, experimental, no wave and world music.
When Derek, Sarah, and Nik each input their particular inspirations they create a
final product that is not only wholly unexpected, but greater than the sum of its
Icky Blossoms – Babes from Saddle Creek on Vimeo.
Icky Blossoms’ sound and explosive live shows caught the attention of Omaha’s
distinguished Saddle Creek, which has since signed the trio to release their debut
LP. The self-titled album, produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio, is
slated for a July 17, 2012 release and features tracks that range from “Perfect
Vision,” an experiment based around trunk thumping low end and chainsaw
guitars, to “Babes,” which was lauded by Rolling Stone as a “girl-power dance
anthem.” Other standout tracks include “Heat Lightning,” with its hypnotic
arpeggiated synths, electro pulse and sirenesque vocals; the more raucous “Sex
to the Devil,” featuring futuristic synth lines and esoteric lyrics; or “Temporary
Freakout,” a classic pop song within an unconventional structure.
With a strong emphasis on DIY, the trio plans to integrate all their artistic abilities
into the band, able then to better connect with those who choose to follow their
creations or attend their live shows. Imbued with a celebratory atmosphere, their
concerts have grown to be conduits for personal expression and individual
creativity for everyone in the room. Loud, sweaty and out of control, the edge of
their music and personalities combine with the hooks of their pop songs, creating
a show which is one side dance party, one side mosh pit.
By brazenly denying to be subservient to a single genre or medium, Icky
Blossoms is set to garner the attention of a truly diverse audience and make a
lasting impact on music to come.
Catch the Icky Blossoms, September 17, 2012 at the Neurolux, Boise – 7:00PM
$12 Record XChange / Ticketweb $12 Door