My iPod #238: Test Icicles – Dancing on Pegs


Near the end of Test Icicles first and only album “For Screening Purposes Only” comes “Dancing on Pegs”, a track written by guitarist Rory Atwell.

Can’t say much about the song… It has no deep meaning to me, or in general. I just think it’s really cool. Atwell once claimed it is about a relationship, but you wouldn’t really tell from the gory imagery made by the lyrics. Chopping someone down at the knee and bloody raw hands aren’t really the things I would come up with if I was taken. It’s sinister in tone, but quite hilarious too.

It’s a very noisy track. Not like there’s a whole mesh of instruments smashed together so the lyrics are incomprehensible or anything. Everything’s a bit distorted, some cool riffs occur during the verses and it’s delivered at a very quick rate.

Listen to it if you’re interested.


My iPod #188: Test Icicles – Circle. Square. Triangle

One of the best dance-punk band to come from the UK, and before I appreciated their material they had already split up.

I was ten years old when “Circle. Square. Triangle” first appeared on MTV2, and was repeated quite frequently too. I could not stand it. The lead singer’s weird and annoying American accent that was put on when he sang, screaming all the time…. I thought it was terrible.

Then my sister borrowed their album “For Screening Purposes Only” from her friend later in the year. Didn’t listen to it. Why would I have done? I didn’t like them. Why would I have like any of their other songs?

Shows you how much of a shit I was at that age. This song is great, I was dumb. You know when I realised how good Test Icicles were? When I was FIFTEEN. I listened to that album in full, and it took me five years. The band hadn’t been together for four years at the time. Damn.

I miss Test Icicles, even though I was a hater initially. This track is catchy, addictive and groovy as anything. My ten year old self was very foolish.

My iPod #28: Test Icicles – All You Need Is Blood

All You Need Is Blood! Get it? It’s almost like that Beatles song.

Test Icicles certainly weren’t the band who sounded like they were influenced by The Beatles. Again, they were a band, but unfortunately the music that made was not the music that they were particularly interested in. They formed in 2004, and later split two years later in 2006.

The album this track was released on ‘For Screening Purposes Only’, was released to positive praise on Halloween 2005. Test Icicles were the next biggest thing in dance-punk indie rock terms. Considered to be ‘bigger than The Beatles’ by NME and ‘all cobra’ by Pitchfork Media, the album indeed is very eccentric and filled to the brim with bursting energy, backed up with crazy guitars and a booming, yet pre-recorded, rhythm section.

My sister went through a period around 2005/06 when she started borrowing various albums from her friends. She borrowed this one.

Test Icicles had three main vocalists who all brought their own sound to the table. The main vocalist on this song is Devonte Hynes, though you may know him better as Lightspeed Champion. In fact, Hynes only sings this song and the mindfuck that is ‘Catch It!‘ Sam Mehran sings part of the chorus and pre-chorus too.

I don’t know what this song is about to be honest. You would have to listen to it for yourself to try and get something, but you don’t have to understand a song to enjoy it.

Look out for the backwards rap at the end of the song, also done by Sam Mehran.

If you want to know how the rap sounds like forwards, click here. That’s my video 😀

The song ends. Then, out of nowhere, a bass riff starts. Reminds you of Jaws doesn’t it? It hypnotises you, sets you in a real mysterious, foreboding mood. It leads right into the next song. That’s for another post.

Until next time.