Iconic Eye are no strangers to the HRH community, having graced the stages of our events in both 2016 and 2018. But since that last appearance at HRH AOR, there have been some changes within the Iconic Eye camp.
Few bands have changed their lead vocalist and managed to successfully carry on – but try telling this to Iconic Eye. The British five-piece now features a rebooted line-up that includes new lead vocalist Janey Smith (previously known as Janey Bombshell), who joined the band’s ranks in early 2020. And now with a regrouped lineup that is ready to rock, the band have unveiled their first major release since 2017’s sophomore album ‘Into The Light’.
Iconic Eye mark this new chapter in their history with a five-track EP titled ‘Back From Behind The Sun’. The title of which being a reference to the group’s re-emergence after a three-year absence from releasing new material.
Of course, the title track itself kicks things off at the top of the release. The song very quickly showcases the vocal prowess of Janey Smith, as well as introducing her to the band’s fans. Smith makes her mark early in the EP by demonstrating her phenomenal vocal range in the latter stages of the opening/title track.
There is certainly a theme at play within the Iconic Eye camp. Smith’s predecessor was, of course, Jane Gould. And with this continuation of namesake vocalists, the band decided to include a cover of Jefferson Starship’s “Jane” as the second track on the EP. The latter of which has been a staple part of the group’s live set for a while. But the studio version is a real highlight of the EP. The track is a classic rock anthem and an earworm to boot. Iconic Eye have certainly done the track justice.
Of the four original tracks on the EP the thunderous rhythms and twin part guitar harmonies of “Ghost Town” are of note. Now don’t get this track confused with the two-tone anthem of the same name by The Specials, it is a song inspired by the lockdown and the lack of people witnessed by Smith on a walk to the local village shop!
The melodic sounds of “Have My Day” and the up-tempo rocker “Femme Fatale” perfectly closes out the group’s five-track offering, the latter of which being one of the standout tracks on the EP.
We all know that it’s never easy to replace a lead singer in a band. But as the old saying goes, sometimes you have to take a step backwards to move forward. Based on Iconic Eye’s latest release it’s fair to say that the band has returned stronger than ever, with a regrouped line-up and new material that is set to blow your socks off. With Iconic Eye’s ‘Back From Behind The Sun’ EP new vocalist Smith has proved that she isn’t just any old ‘plain Jane’.
Iconic Eye – Back From Behind The Sun is out now on all digital platforms.