In their eight year recording career The Icicle Works only troubled the Top 40 chart compiler once, with Love Is a Wonderful Colour, despite releasing some excellent singles. There is however a large demand to hear their music live and the Brudenell is close to being sold out.
The current version of the band consists Ian McNabb, bassist Roy Corkill, keyboard player Richard Naiff and drummer Matthew Priest, also of Dodgy. The only member of the original line up is McNabb and a more accurate description of the show might be ‘Ian McNabb and Friends play the songs of The Icicle Works’.
Despite this they’re excellent musicians and it’s a great show, lasting just over three hours, and released from the truly appalling production that can make their early albums difficult to listen to the songs shine. They play every Icicle Works song you would want to hear.
Look out for them when they tour again.
16 November – A first trip to Korks Wine Bar in Otley, accompanied by the GLW and Barry to see Ian McNabb. We walk through Korks to their back room. It’s like the Tardis! Hard to believe that there are 100 people in the room.
Ian is performing solo and plays a varied selection from both The Icicle Works and his solo career, including tracks from his most recent, award-winning album Little Episodes. Highlights of the show for me are Hollow Horse, Love is A Wonderful Colour, Fire Inside My Soul and Great Dreams Of Heaven.
Another highlight of the show is Ian’s interaction with the audience and his between song chat, particularly his comments about Mike Peters of The Alarm.