Ice In My Eyes Rock-A-Field preview
by Sam Steen
Local band Ice In My Eyes played at the Fête De La Musique in Dudelange at the weekend and the four-piece are also scheduled to play at this year’s Rock-A-Field festival where they will take to the Startin’ Stage at 3.20pm on Saturday,July 4. Sam Steen caught up with frontman Olivier Treinen to find out more about the band.
Ice In My Eyes have been around for a while. They announced themselves with their first single “Move” in 2013 and since then they have gone from strength to strength. Olivier summed up their journey so far: “The band was formed in 2012”, he said. “We put out an album last year, our first one, and the band is made up of, pretty much, musicians from a few Luxembourg bands of note like Inborn, Hal Flavin and Metro. We have recorded a second album and we’ll put it out later this year,” he added.
As a sort of super group of local talent, Ice In My Eyes are an interesting mix of ideas. Olivier explained how it all came together: “It was originally a solo project of mine a year after Metro split up and it slowly formed into something more like a band project,” he said. “Other musicians came to the band and it gelled in to what it is today. It’s much more danceable, it’s more intense, it’s not just me playing piano music.”
Would it be fair to say then that the first album (Ice In My Eyes, 2014) was more about him and that the new material will see more of the others’ influence?
“The first album already made the jump from laid back song writing stuff to more band-like features but this time round, this year, it’s definitely on! It’s more rock than pop but we still try to classify ourselves as indie-pop if only in the sensibility (of the band),” Olivier said.
Ice In My Eyes have already released the lead single for the forthcoming album, “Hey Boy”, to local radio stations and it will soon be available for fans in Luxembourg while the album will come a little later.
“The new album should come out in the fall, like October presumably, and we have a one-off single for Luxembourg which is really fresh. It just came out of the studio in Germany where we made the record,” he said before describing “Hey Boy” as “a strange one.”
Elaborating, he said: “It’s a curveball because in the beginning we thought it was much too Metro-like and much too danceable or formulaic. But when we played it tentatively at some gigs it was the moment everybody got emotional so we realised that it had something to it and it slowly evolved to what we have now. The lyric is just me saying get over yourself and enjoy life more.”
Having recently played at a festival in Scotland, at Fête De La Musique in Dudelange and looking forward to Rock-A-Field it seems that Ice In My Eyes are doing just that.
Their debut is available on Spotify and iTunes.
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