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Ikon band

Chris McCarter & Dino Molinaro


Date of establishing :

Music genere:
darkwave, Gothic Rock


Band members:

Chris McCarter
Dino Molinaro
David Burns
Clifford Ennis


Like other inspired musical pairings, Chris McCarter (vocals, guitar, programming) and Dino Molinaro (bass) began to create music as high school students in 1988 and are still recording and performing together. In 1991, the original moniker Death in the Dark was replaced by Ikon and seventeen years later the Australian band's distinctive blend of post-punk, rock, and darkwave elements has gained a devoted international following. Ikon has released five studio albums, four EPs and seventeen singles, with additional unique versions that have been produced for Germany, America and Russia. The band's last full-length release, Destroying the World to Save It, attained number 21 on the Native DJ World Charts for best album of 2005. Ikon songs have also appeared on dozens of compilation CDs and the band has contributed cover versions to a select group of tribute albums to Joy Division, The Cure and Kraftwerk. On the strength of the bands accomplished and ever-expanding repertoire of songs, Ikon has frequently toured Australia, Europe and the UK. Ikon has played on the same bill as The Sisters of Mercy, H.I.M., Soft Cell, Death in June, London After Midnight and The Mission. Ikon has performed at the Eurorock Festival (2001) in Belgium and at the Mera Luna Festival (2002) in Hildesheim, Germany before an audience of more than 15,000 people. The band has also appeared twice at the worlds largest goth festival, Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, in 2003 and 2005 (during the latter year Anthony Cornish joined the live line-up on guitar). In 2007, the final word was written in one chapter of Ikons musical legacy when the band embarked upon The Burden of History tour of Europe to mark the release of the singles collection (1992-2007) of the same name. As Time Goes By also appeared and brought the first studio sessions of the original incarnation of Ikon and live tracks from the same period out of the archives and into the hands of fans. The new EP League of Nations (2007) is testament to progression in Ikons signature sound, providing a taster of the album Love, Hate and Sorrow. While retaining the essence of influences such as Joy Division, early New Order and Death in June, the future for Ikon promises to add further texture to the bands style. Love, Hate and Sorrow embraces more melodic song structures without entirely relinquishing the shadowy threads that are interweaved in the lyrics, art work, and music of one of the worlds most successful and enduring darkwave