Ice Cream: From MIA to BK.

I just feel like Miami is a pretty intense, fucked up place and I thought: “Where can we go that is even more intense and fucked up?” New York.

Story by Jack Gary - Photos ©Christian Torres

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Ice Cream is a band who recently made the move from sunny southern Florida to the concrete jungle of Brooklyn.  Currently, they are recording and mixing a new album in between playing shows around Brooklyn and Manhattan. We recently caught up with them in their Prospect Heights apartment/studio/rehearsal space and asked them a few questions while they cleaned up a flood in their basement.

photo©Christian Torres

CBK: What made you guys decide to pack it up and move to Brooklyn from Miami?

IC:  When the band began I personally never intended to stay in Miami. We had been there our whole lives, and had some good times, but it is limiting there for bands. Luck would have it that everyone in the band was down to save up money, while working on tunes, to get the hell out of there. I just feel like Miami is a pretty intense, fucked up place and I thought: “Where can we go that is even more intense and fucked up?” New York.

Joel's record collection photo©Teo J. Babini

CBK: How has the switch from Miami to Brooklyn been going for you guys?

IC: Finding a five-bedroom apartment and securing jobs for the five of us was a time consuming mission. Three of us came up first and had to squat in an abandoned building that our really good friend had on lock. Thank god for him. It gave us three months to find a really rad place for an awesome price. We feel good now, and are able to concentrate fully on the band.


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CBK: What kind of challenges do you feel you have to overcome being an unsigned independent artist?

IC:  The difference between signed and unsigned bands is more of a matter of advertisement and money, rather than talent or ability. We are working on getting more of all of these things all of the time.

CBK: How has the reception been at shows here in Brooklyn?

IC: Some shows have been awesome with good turnouts, some have had really bad turn outs. I personally don’t really care how the music is received, but we do like playing to a lot of people.

CBK: How would you say you feel about Brooklyn since you guys have been here?

IC: I feel great just being away from Miami, the band has just become settled. We are working on getting an album out, and a steady show flow. It is a work in progress, but we are ready.

Finger pickin' photo©Teo J. Babini

CBK: Is the music scene here in Brooklyn what you’ve expected?

IC: Yes, it is actually. Just like anywhere there is not just one unified “scene”. Just a huge load of people; most of them are confused in regards to what they actually like. You have all these millions of different people from all over the world with differing interests and tastes. You can’t really pin that down into a scene. A lot of these seeming “independent” bands in reality have press teams, public relations people, booking agents, record labels, and money flowing in to get all of these people paid. Therefore, it is much easier for these “independent” bands to retain seeming relevance. That is exactly what I expected. I am not speaking against it. We currently have none of the above-mentioned luxuries, but we want them all in heavy loads. That is why we are here.

CBK: How long have you guys been playing music together?

IC: We have been Ice Cream since the summer of 2009, so three years.

CBK: How would you describe the band?

IC: It is a satire on the degraded state of modern pop music with emphasis on Rock & Roll. Nobody has to look at it that way if they don’t want to though.

Sittin' in the kitchen photo©Christian Torres

CBK: What made you decide to name the band Ice Cream?

IC: The name comes from this point in my life three years ago when I was without a consistent job and homeless on and off. I would sleep in this storage space when I could work up the rent. I had not eaten in a day and I had to walk a mile or so from a bus stop to the storage space. I was very hungry and I began to crave ice cream. It was strange that such a useless commodity could be craved at such a time when valuable nutrients were needed. It made me mad. I did not eat that night, and the idea to call the band Ice Cream just seemed overbearingly obvious. The name is intended to point out how skewed true value is for myself and the majority of people who do not have to face consistent third world famine. Everybody just seems to love this sweet frozen bullshit. Pop music is junk food and so is Ice Cream.

Vinyl photo©Teo J. Babini

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