Icon for Hire
About Icon for Hire
Icon for Hire are an anthemic, guitar-based rock band that pair heavy riffs and electronic flourishes with soaring vocals and empowering lyrics. The band's 2011 Tooth & Nail debut Scripted brought them mainstream success, and they continued to remain at the fore of the modern rock scene with independently released efforts like You Can't Kill Us (2016) and Amorphous (2021).
Formed in Decatur, Illinois in 2007, Icon for Hire revolves arounds core members Ariel Bloomer (vocals) and Shawn Jump (guitar). Although they do not call themselves a Christian rock band, as with their influences U2 and Paramore, many of their songs deal with spiritual themes. Between 2007 and 2009, the band released two EPs and toured much of the Midwest, building a loyal fan following along the way. They released their debut full-length album, Scripted, on Tooth & Nail Records in 2011. In 2013, Icon for Hire returned with their self-titled sophomore album on Tooth & Nail, which debuted at number 66 on the Billboard 200 and featured the single "Cynics & Critics." Citing creative, ideological, and technical differences, they left Tooth & Nail in 2015 and set up a Kickstarter fund to fuel their upcoming fourth studio long-player. The resulting You Can't Kill Us was released independently the following year. The group continued to go the independent route on 2018's Still Can't Kill Us: Acoustic Sessions and 2021's Amorphous, the latter of which featured the powerful singles "Last One Standing" and "Curse or Cure." ~ Matt Collar