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Following their debut Pure Sugar EP, The Icicles take their sweet pop a touch further on A Hundred Patterns. This may be due to the fact that they recorded A Hundred Patterns at Marlborough Farms with Ladybug Transistor frontman Gary Olson and Bill Wells. The clean, wide production shines through, focusing the Icicles' '60s-influenced pop on their strengths — guitars are wonderfully strummed against the smooth rhythms of drums and swinging bass, while keyboards enhance it all with melodic runs. The hooks of tracks like "I Wanna Know" and "Forever and a Day" call up the cute-core influences of Cub and Tuscadero. The Icicles do not strictly follow their influences though, adding to what they have learned from them to shape a distinct sound of their own — the sweet chorus of "Sunday Song" could definitely be put next to any radio hit and "Bat in the Kitchen" shares more in common with recent popsters, also Grand Rapid-ites, the Sewing Terrorists. A Hundred Patterns will definitely warm the heart and make you want more from the Icicles.


Formed: 2000 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

A sweet, breezy indie pop ensemble whose jangly, bubblegummy tunes put them in league with acts like the Softies, Let's Go Sailing, and the Concretes, the Icicles formed in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2000. They were a decidedly "crafty" group right from the get-go; they donned homemade matching outfits at their live shows, and sold handmade hats and mittens in order to get enough money to record their debut EP. The group was initially comprised of Gretchen DeVault, Korrie Sue, and Daniel Lambert, and soon...
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