ICONOCLAST Mk 4 – Here we are!
Posted on May 23, 2017
In 2002 a guy approached me after performing a show at Barrymore’s Music Hall in Ottawa, and this changed the course of my life from then on.
Fahim Rahman was a spicy type, a bassist with prog-proto-metal group Diamond Back and was out to see a Pearl Jam tribute act. He happened to catch the opener, another Ottawa rock outfit called Abandon whose lead guitarist also was familiar with delicious curries. “Nice to see some colour up on stage!” was his pick up line and we hit it off immediately.
Pretty soon I was having beers with him and the future wife of drummer Marian Dej. A lot of talk about bands and music, and he was keen to have me see another group, a three piece called Iconoclast that was known for crazy live shows and packed crowds.
My first time seeing Iconoclast I was impressed. Also drunk. Very drunk. Singer and bassist Michael Van Korn was ferocious and intense with a booming growl. Guitarist Michael Corkum was spinning around like crazy, in his own world, destroying his Fender Stratocaster with power chord slashes. Mars was behind the kit with eyes bulging and smashing the shit out of his drums. I was hooked. And did I mention drunk? For the remainder of the show I stood in front of Korn with devil horns attached to his forehead on one hand and a rye in the other, and frankly I’m surprised he didn’t kick me in the balls. That definitely happened later, but I digress.
A few months later I was backstage at Babylon after a show when the boys approached me with a question. “Would you be interested in auditioning to sing for us?” I was totally shocked, and it took me precisely zero seconds to accept the offer to try out. The rest, as they say, is history.
This isn’t about me though, this is about life coming full circle. Four albums, hundreds of shows, thousands of practices and 6,987,331 beers later we were at a crossroads where the band came face first with life… guitarist Dave Di Ubaldo was following his dream and the love of his life out west and all of a sudden we had to make a choice, should we stop or continue? Do we have anything left to say artistically? Are we even relevant? Why is the sky blue? Do people give a shit? Well it was a unanimous yes that we weren’t ready to pack it in just yet. And from the get go it was clear there was only one direction to go…
Mike Korn was to take over lead guitar duties, no small feat, and we would add a bass player. Not just any bass player, but the guy who would compliment the band personally and who had the chops to boot.
We call this the Iconoclast Mark IV era, and we are super proud to announce that Fahim Rahman has joined us for the ride. As Fahim says, “I’ve considered these guys brothers for 15 years and I couldn’t be more excited to keep this thing moving.” We are jamming furiously to get everyone up to snuff, and we have lots of cool shows coming up so you can see what we sound like. Our plan is to write and record new music asap to share with everyone, and we couldn’t be more fired up.
On behalf of the band I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us! We will see you very soon, June 3 to be exact at Live on Elgin!
Fahim, Mike, Mars, Mike and Marc
When: April 1, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
With: The Damn Truth, Big Jeezus Truck, Band of Rascals
Where: The Brass Monkey - 250A Greenbank Rd., Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8X4
Cost: $12 in Advance, $12 at the door View on Facebook
Live! On Elgin
When: June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
With: The Alibi and Arms of the Girl
Where: LIVE! on Elgin - 220 Rue Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7
Cost: $10 in Advance, $12 at the door
When: September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
With: The Alibi and TBD
Where: O PATRO VÝS - 356 Mt-Royal Est, Montreal, QC
Cost: $10 in Advance, $10 at the door
Mountain Man Music Festival
When: June 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
With: The Glorious Sons, One Bad Son, The Damn Truth, Diemonds, Hellbros and much much more!
Where: Calabogie Peaks Resort
Cost: $33.19 in Advance, $53.10 at the door View on Facebook