NEWS OF THE YEAR: A News Special Part 2

Part 2 of a special news series about all that has happened over the last year of lockdowns. In case you missed it, Find Part 1 Here.

Part 2 is here and we are looking at what the next batch of bands have been up to since the lockdowns started. This part features: Icarus Falls, Idle Bones, Jokers Parade, Killatrix, Mirrors of Madness, My Pet Shark, and Negative Measures.

So where do we start? Well with the awesome Icarus Falls:

Just as we were starting to see the beginnings of the pandemic, Icarus Falls announced an upcoming video. This began a campaign of promotion i9ncludingthe announcement that the new video would be for their new song 'Phoenix' due for release on22nd May 2020.

Jump forward to May 22nd, and the song was indeed released. Unfortunately, there was no sign of the video, however, it was announced it would debut on June 5th, and indeed it was. Check out the video to the awesome new track below:

Sadly later in the month Jono, their bass player, announced his departure from the band due to family commitments. This left a hole in the band, and then the search was on for his successor. This didn't take long however as at the beginning of August Icarus Falls introduced us to their 2020 lineup with Vinnie Denton as their new bassist:

September saw another big announcement from these guys, another new single. This one was announced along with the artwork which had already been produced, they kept that quiet. The new song was called 'Broken Halo' and was features Amy Marluca on the cover artwork and as the star of the video. The single dropped on 25th September to rave reviews. Check it out below:

The song again features the power and control we have come to love and expect of these guys. The only criticism of this video is that they tried to make this into a music and lyric video, it would be interesting to watch it without the onscreen lyrics as they can sometimes feel a little distracting. That said, the song has been in my playlist ever since hearing it!

The socials then went very quiet for these guys for the next year, however earlier this month the band announced that they have been working on their debut album and that they were soon to be heading into the studio to begin recording. As this would mean content would be more limited while they worked on this, a series of 'Live' sessions were also planned, with the first airing not long after. Check out their Facebook page to watch them as they are released. We are now just looking forward to the Album, currently scheduled to be recorded in October 2021.


Although there wasn't too much new coming from Idle Bones during the lockdown, they were keeping up on their social media. Every few days there was an update from these guys whether keeping everyone updated on what was going on or sharing memories, and in August 2020 we were told that there was a new addition to the band in the form of a new drummer; Thomas Benjamin Pick.

September brought a bit of a subtle post from the band, a picture captioned 'Off to the studio!' Exciting time lay ahead for the band. The recording continued and then another post out of the blue announced a video was scheduled for a Halloween release. Jump forward to October 31st, and the video and brand new single 'Dead Dancing Girl' dropped in true Idle Bones style. Check it out below:

This was the band's 4th music video, and if that was anything to go by, we cant wait for the next!