IKON is mainly Chris McCarter on vocals, guitar and programming, and Dino Molinaro on bass; they began their musical relationship back in 1988 in highschool, and remained musical partners until this very day. It is obvious that over this long time of music-making, IKON has gathered a devoted international fanbase, which also comes down to constant releases of EPs, albums and singles. In 2007, the band has released their best-of-compilation The Burden Of History as well as a new EP called League Of Nations, serving as a taster for their next studio album which is due for a mid-2008 release.
Musically, the band plays post-punk and rock with darkwave elements; you also occasionally spot the word “goth” in their album reviews. I have yet to buy my first IKON album (I guess the best-of is a good one to start), but to get in the sound of the band, they offer a whole bunch of MP3s on their official website. There are lots of live and demo recordings, but also “regular” songs from various EPs. Below, you’ll find my picks, but I suggest you head to the website and check out the rest as well.
from League Of Nations EP:
IKON – A Line On A Dark Day (WMA)
from Psychic Vampire EP:
IKON – Psychic Vampire (MP3)
from Afterlife CD-single:
IKON – Afterlife (Alternative Version) (MP3)