Joe Cardamone (formerly of The Icarus Line) returns with his second solo offering: the soundtrack to his film series ‘Quarentina‘. The album will be released physically on July 2nd via Sonic Ritual, and it’s available on DSP’s now.
Joe has now shared the video for new track ‘Baby Blue’. He says: “Crying on the dancefloor just to impress the woman that has already left the building. She’s checking her phone while you spill your heart out. Fuck it might as well put on a suit and sing your face off into the mirror”.
The project was born out of a necessity for destruction and expression. Life gets real hectic real fast and when you are getting dragged down into the sea, you better learn to swim. A global pandemic. A city in lockdown. The end of a relationship. A life chopped up into parts. Out of this chaos emerged these uncut gems: nineteen songs about love and pain.
Recorded in a flurry of home studio sessions with tracks dubbed in one or two takes just grab the moment, not sing, and keep flying ‘Quarentina’ was completed in a matter of weeks. An exercise in immediacy and minimalism, the album is sparing with its instrumentation but not in its intimacy. ‘Quarentina’ is the most stripped-down, roll and vulnerable Joe as ever sounded on a record.
QUARENTINA: the film
An episodic film series, documenting modern quarantine life in Los Angeles. A black and white modern noir that’s based on real-life events, as well as surreal life events. Written and filmed where some of the actual events took place, it tells the story of a couple being crushed under the weight of their own demons and the prospect of the end times. A relationship dissolving over the course of the quarantine. Love is hell. Bouncing from hyper-reality to horrifically surreal, ‘Quarentina’ is a meditation on the exact moment we are living in. An intimate, tender and harrowing document of our times – a program for right now.
An American Primitive production, starring Joe Cardamone and Carré Callaway (of Queen Kwong) and filmed by Travis Keller (Buddyhead) and Jacob Mendel.
WATCH THE FIRST HALF OF ‘QUARENTINA’ HERE
Los Angeles native artist Joe Cardamone has lived a few lifetimes while leaving a wiry dent in the global underground music and film scenes. The band that Joe fronted for 17 years, The Icarus Line, formed in East Los Angeles in 1998. Over the course of six albums, the punk agitators became an underground phenomenon and the most dangerous, if not the greatest, punk group of their generation. The cult band that never gave up. Performances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in front of 30,000+ fans, multiple appearances on the legendary John Peel show, crisscrossing the US in a van, opening a stadium tour for A Perfect Circle and The Cult and a UK tour with Primal Scream, are just some of the “greatest hits” of a legend loaded with nearly mythic live performances and chaos. But it was the death of guitarist/original member Alvin DeGuzman in 2017 following a long battle with cancer, which was the actual end of The Icarus Line (a demise recently depicted in Michael Grodner’s independent film “The Icarus Line Must Die”.
The following year, Joe released his solo debut, the frenzied ‘Holy War’ album and film on his own imprint American Primitive. Cardamone’s new approach was a modern one-man show that forged R&B and crushing electronics with the combative spirit of his formative punk years. While crafting a pair of follow up albums in 2020, the world stopped and the ‘Quarentina’ project emerged in response. Outside of his work as an artist, Joe has produced and collaborated with some of the greatest artists of our time including Mark Lanegan, Ian Astbury, Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and James Williamson (The Stooges).
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STREAM ‘QUARENTINA’ HERE