UK’s ICE BLACK BIRDS: Releasing ’22:22′ & Playing NYC/SXSW


**FREE MP3 OF SINGLE “22:22″**

Single ’22:22’ out March 21st
(CD & Download out on Ice Black Birds Music: IBB002)

“Like the Doors if they’d swapped taking acid in the desert for writing coherent rock songs (Ice Black Birds) have the anthemic chops to be serious contenders.”

“These guys write TUNES” – Josh Block, White Denim


Ice Black Birds are:
Sam Denniston – lead vocals, rhythm guitar; George Grinling – lead guitar; Danny McGurn – bass guitar, vocals; Ollie Liddiard – drums, vocals.
Hailing from Brighton, Ice Black Birds are a music-lovers band. Gaining fans not by hype, or by big label force behind them, but by doing what they do best. Making music. Playing music.

Forthcoming third single ‘22:22’ is, in short, a tune. However, Ice Black Birds’ talents lie not just in catchy hooks and danceable beats (though they have both in spades) but in the dirty guttural guitar riffs and screamed bluesy vocals. It’s reminiscent of early Kings of Leon when the music was raw, fresh and dripping with soul. It’s a flashback also to The Yardbirds or The Stones, a blend of vintage 1960’s blues-rock where fine musicianship and unhinged energy and emotion came together. It’s music that audibly swaggers with untouchable confidence and gusto. For Ice Black Birds, as it was for the likes of The Stones, the swagger is not just on record, but a snaring visible beast live. Ice Black Birds’ charismatic front-man Sam Denniston regularly jumps into the crowd as if that space were an extension of the stage he owns, microphone gripped passionately in hand and a attitude and strut akin to a young Jagger – yet made wholly his own simultaneously.

Their self released debut ‘Ear to the Ground’ and its follow-up, ‘As Birds We’d Be Fine’ (a 7” on London label Laissez Faire Club Records) – saw the band’s videos spread across the web, with Ice Black Birds being hailed as the new ‘purveyors of indie-dance-blues’ and Huw Stevens of Radio 1 cementing the fact Ice Black Birds were something special indeed by declaring their music “A bright, startling and unusual sound”

‘22:22’ is out on 21st March – a release date intentionally picked; as it marks the bands return from their first SXSW showcase. ‘22:22’ is b/w the track ‘S.S.W’, a jangly, soul laden break-up track that wouldn’t be amiss on the a-side.

Be sure to catch Ice Black Birds at SXSW and in NYC (dates below!).

For full tour dates & more information, please visit:

Fans can pre-order “22:22” here.
March 8 – New York, NY – Piano’s (w. Go Back To The Zoo)
March 10 – New York, NY – Cake Shop (Support TBA)
March 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW (More Showcases TBD)
March 18 – Re-Think Pop Showcase – Time TBA

A-Side) 22:22
B-Side) S.S.W

CD & Download out on Ice Black Birds Music: IBB002

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