“A wild ride of free ranging songs that sound like Phish, if they swam in the Hudson…. Icewagon flu is a bug worth catching” (Irish Voice) “Jokesters on a musical adventure that takes the audience to Ireland…. and to the Calypso Islands” (Pulse Weekly)
Started by ex Small Frye band mates, George “Sgt. Deacon Dr. J.J. Slides” Smith and Kevin “First Mate Gobshite” Adkins, Icewagon Flu was born from good times, clowning around, and a sincere love of music.
George’s aptitude for acting and theatrics, coupled with Kevin’s visual artistry and showmanship, would later create a live performance that both dumbfounded and endeared audiences to them.
“Insanity!” (Nude as the News)
After a few changes in lineup, the two began writing with a bloke calling
himself Martin “Beast” Bristow. Crossing the ocean to escape his joke town of Swindon England, Beast, brought his British Isle sensibility and Hugh Grant wardrobe to a band in great need of a guitar.
Clutching their music degrees for dear life, two more members hopped on board. Chris “Tom Thompson” Speich, with his cage of Metallica-esque drums and Tim “Fisheye” Murray plinked his plinky mandolin, before resolving to play bass - completed what we now know as “The Greatest Band of All Times!”
“We’re American music,” stated Smith recently. “We’re just like America, we’re a melting pot of everything.”
In a time when the music industry wanted to put every band in a category, The FLU sprinted in the opposite direction, releasing “Trouble Has A Car” on Jivin Jones Records label. It saluted The Pogues style Celtic punk, Gram Parsons’ country, Snoop Dogg Rap, Springsteen rock, and… barber shop.
“Icewagon Flu is like water,” says Beast, “you pour it out and it flows in every direction.”
Trouble Has A Car was greeted with great reviews from The Irish Voice,Time Out New York, and XM Satellite Radio.
After Trouble, they released the bitingly satirical Mr. Norman EP, which was mixed by Mitch Easter of R.E.M. fame. The Album blended prayer for peace
messages (Trinity) with comedic Weezer/Beatles rock/pop (Norm & Liza was Rejected). It concluded with a calypso inspired African mish-mosh known as Shameless Exhibitionist, which at the time, described the bands live experience.
“I believe heavy exposure is a good thing,” states Adkins. Today the band continues to make some of the best independent music
to be found. Their songs are both radio friendly and underground comedic, making them at home in any Irish Pub or funk dance hall.
“Blending Blues, Irish Rock, roots and Jazz,The Flu creates a smooth and catchy sound.” (Hudson Current) “Highly original combination of loud Roc k’N’Roll, American Roots, whiskey soaked Irish Folk, with an almost jam band feel.” (Shite’N’Onions) “An infectious mix of eclectic music that simultaneously gives us chills and fever.” (Ross Reviews) “Icewagon Flu takes nerd rock international and then circles it back to good old fashioned hillbilly jams… Catch The Flu’s next gig.” (Time Out NY)
With the release of their biggest studio album to date, The Great American Something, Icewagon Flu is being heard on independent and college radio stations throughout the world. Produced by Push Stars bass player Dan McLoughlin, the album boasts, “five, count them, five top ten hits.” And a “bunch of other stuff everyone should dig.”
“Although one cannot certainly call an album by an unsigned band a “statement” record,
The Great American Something comes awfully close.” (Nude as the News) “A well crafted album from start to finish.” (Epinions) They’ve been called The Rolling Stones meets XTC meets The Hothouse
Flowers meets They Might Be Giants meets The Pogues, but you shouldn’t believe any of that. The FLU are exactly what they say they are…
The Greatest Band of All Times.
“If you’ve ever been blown away by fresh instrumentation, and unique
songwriting, that makes most of the crap on the radio seem as generic and flavorless as it really is, you will definitely be able to appreciate… Icewagon Flu.” (XM Satellite Radio)