Despite their name, ICON FOR HIRE aren’t indebted to anyone but their fans. Since forming in 2007, the duo—singer Ariel Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—have amassed a legion of followers who have connected with not only the band’s genre-bending sound, but also their honesty. That soul-baring spirit and realism is at the heart of everything Icon For Hire do, and it’s front and center on their latest Billboard-charting release, YOU CAN’T KILL US…
Produced by Mike Green (Gwen Stefani, All Time Low) and funded by fans through Kickstarter on a campaign that raised $127, 200—making it one of the year’s highest-raising music campaigns—the self-released album marks a brand-new chapter for the band.
Blending hard rock, hip-hop, electronica and pop into an anthemic swirl of both melody and muscle, You Can’t Kill Us isn’t only a modern sounding record—it’s awash in lyrical themes that tap into the times as well. Addiction, depression and self-worth are all topics Ariel addresses and these themes reverberate loudly in today’s tumultuous, judgment-first culture.
After all, having survived the record label system and reemerged stronger than ever, Icon For Hire are living proof that you can take control of your life—and that’s perhaps the greatest success anyone can hope to accomplish.
Swedish born Ariel (pronounced R-E-L) loves making music, baking cookies, and creating new content for her youtube channel (www.youtube.com/therelshow). She is a germaphobe, which is an inconvenient thing for a touring musician to be, but she loves touring anyway because she gets to hang out with the best fans in the world. Ariel recently finished her first book, titled Turn Your Pain Into Art, available January 12, 2018.
Shawn Jump is best known as the guitar player of Icon For Hire, but he actually spends most of his time in Pro-Tools, pre-producing the band’s tracks. Never satisfied with Icon’s sound, he is always pushing and bending the limits of their sound- mixing guitars with synths and live drums with electronic drums. He enjoys spending time outdoors and meeting his fans on the road.