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“I don’t even remember how old we were or what bands were playing” says Ty Turner of The Icarus Account as he begins to tell the story of the twins’ first concert experience. “Our dad was from Georgia and he loved country music,” chimes in Trey, adding “so he and our mom took us to a country music concert when we were six years old.” The boys didn’t know anything about music at the time - they didn’t know if they liked country or pop; they didn’t even know the artists or the songs; they just knew the feelings carried through the music. Midway through that McBride and the Ride show came the moment that marked the beginning of a lifelong dream.
“I remember that feeling,” says Ty, “I remember getting goosebumps from the music for the first time and I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to do that someday. I want to be able to play music that can give people goosebumps.’” Not long after that first concert, the boys began taking music lessons. They began with the piano and later took on violin as well. “We hated playing the violin,” remembers Ty. “Our parents used to make us walk around the block at Christmas time and play songs with our sisters for all of our neighbors.” And while they didn’t necessarily love those performances at the time, the experience paved the way for something bigger. “Our dad always used to say, ‘One day you’ll thank me for making you take lessons,’” Trey remembers, then laughs. “I guess he was right.” By the time the boys started playing guitar at the age of 12, everything in music seemed to come naturally to them, but the turning point was how much they began to enjoy it. The twins were immediately captivated by the guitar because, suddenly, they were able to play music that they loved. “We could hear a song on the radio and learn how to play it...that was huge,” says Ty. Music was about feeling - it wasn’t about playing the right notes, having the right bow-holding technique, or learning their scales. It was simply about emotion and what moved the boys. They listened to and learned the songs that gave them goosebumps. More importantly, they began to write songs that they hoped would give an audience goosebumps.
This is the mission that Ty and Trey have set to accomplish as a band. They are living their dream as professional musicians writing songs that strike an emotional chord with their listeners. In roughly six years as The Icarus Account, they’ve learned a lot about writing and performing, but ultimately the goal has never changed. “We try to write songs that are honest and relatable,” Trey shares. “One of the most beautiful things about writing songs is that it proves how connected all of us really are. We get messages all the time where people tell us that our songs ‘say everything they are feeling but didn’t know how to express.’ To me it’s really humbling because I’ve never met that person before and yet they are feeling the same feelings that we had when we wrote the song.”
The Icarus Account continues to pursue this passion of moving an audience. In fact, it is writing with that same purpose and passion that makes each of their albums feel new and unique. “When we are writing with feeling, it doesn’t matter that we might be using the same four chords over and over again, the song is going to express something new,” reveals Ty. And this is what makes each record so special. The twins’ new album, “Carry Me Home,” will be released on August 28th and while the goal was the same, the result is something more intimate.
“This album is something that is raw and honest...it’s essentially a collection of stories from our lives, maybe as personal as we’ve ever been with our writing,” shares Trey. “I think what makes this album so special is that everything adds to the story, each instrument adds another brush stroke to the picture of our lives that we are painting.”
The album is the re-telling of the personal saga that the brothers have been on since the band began back in 2006. It brings the listener on a deeply personal journey through painful breakups and falling in love to coping with the divorce of their parents after over 25 years of marriage. It continues on with believing in love again, celebrating marriage, and ultimately wrestling with the faith that carried them through it all. Each song, each story is shaped and altered by the struggle and hope in their lives. While every song is different, each is an honest confession from the life of Ty and Trey that has moved them to smiles, laughter, and even tears. It delivers stories that an audience can relate to with emotions that will resonate with them. And hopefully, while listening to the joy and the pain in their voices, you will look down and realize that you too have goosebumps.