Moss Icon originally existed in its fully active incarnation from 1987 to 1991, was briefly active in 2001, & began playing live again in 2012. While at times loosely associated with the post hardcore, hardcore, & punk genres, a more comprehensive view in recent years has shown Moss Icon to be a unique underground rock band that is hard to place in any specific sub-genre.
Propelled by vocalist's Jonathan Vance's "almost stream-of-conscious" lyrics that were "more Rimbaud then Rollins" & guitarist Tonie Joy's "exploratory arrangements" Moss Icon has had a clandestine yet lasting influence upon the wider orbit of the indie rock universe. The bands brief, sporadic activity which produced six limited pressing vinyl releases & random live appearances relegated them to becoming more of a mysterious, mythological entity with a cult like following then more established bands that came out of the Washington D.C. area. While Moss Icon existed slightly less then an hour away from the Dischord Records-centric Washington D.C. music scene, and often played with Dischord associated bands, they ended up forging their own arcane path.
Active recently since 2008, first to just work on new material to possibly record, the band began playing live in 2012 after requests to appear at various festivals began to reach them. This coincided with a remastered, extensive reissue of all the original vinyl releases by the Temporary Residence label.
The current lineup is rounded out by original second guitarist (after 1989) Alex Badertscher on bass and drummer Zak Fusciello (who was one of two original drummers during an even more experimental phase circa 1990). This line up plans to finish songs first conceived of in 2008/ 2009 and record them for a new release in 2014/2015.
Moss Icon originally existed in its fully active incarnation from 1987 to 1991, was briefly active in 2001, & began playing live again in 2012. While at times loosely associated with the post...
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