Critically acclaimed British rock band Iconic Eye are pleased to confirm that Janey Smith, previously known as Janey Bombshell, is their new lead singer. She makes her debut with Iconic Eye when they release their new EP “Back From Behind The Sun” on Friday 4th December 2020. The EP is available to pre-order from – https://iconiceyemusic.com/new-ep.
The title track “Back From Behind The Sun” will be released as a single on Friday 6th November.
To celebrate the release of the EP, Iconic Eye will perform a socially distanced seated and live stream concert at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton on Saturday 16th January. Special guests will be Naked Sunday.
Tickets are priced £15 VIP seats, £12.50 standard seats, and £10 live stream, are available from www.betterthanlive.co.uk/event/iconic-eye. The new EP and new merchandise, including T-shirts, will be available on the night.
The new five-track EP was recorded at M2 Studios in Coven, West Midlands and features a cover of Jefferson Starship’s “Jane”, plus four original songs co-written mainly by Greg Dean and Janey.
BACK FROM BEHIND THE SUN - TRACK LISTING
BACK FROM BEHIND THE SUN (3:18)
GHOST TOWN (4:17)
HAVE MY DAY (4:23)
FEMME FATALE (4:16)
Greg Dean plays rhythm guitar, twin leads, keyboards and singing backing vocals on all the tracks.
For the first time, lead guitarist Neil Hackett has contributed to the song writing duties, writing the music for one of the original songs “Have My Day.”
Mike Dagnall, formally of Dante Fox and Max Bacon & Vega, brings bass and backing vocals to the mix. Jon Cooksey, formally of Dante Fox, and drummer on two of Magnum’s Bob Catley’s solo albums, completes the line-up.
Iconic Eye first burst onto the rock scene in 2015 when they self-released their debut album, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” They leapt straight onto Jake’s Stage at Download Festival 2015, then on to support the Treatment at Rockingham’s Pre-party in the same year and then to Hard Rock Hell in March 2016. A truly remarkable start!
In 2017, the band made the bold move to become female fronted. This change lifted the existing songs and created the right environment for the band to start writing again. The band’s second album, “Into The Light,” was first released via Skyfire Records on November 4th, 2017. The album is also on iTunes and available from high street outlets supported by Cargo Distribution.
The band started to tour Europe from February 2018 onwards which included dates across the UK and another appearance at Hard Rock Hell AOR and a Scandinavian tour with Magnum in March 2018, plus the yearly support slot with Hardline.
The band has played with various other major rock acts including Lee Aaron and Kee Marcello; and at various major venues such at Giants of Rock Festival and Planet Rock’s ‘Rockstock’ in December 2018.
During 2019, supports with, Hardline (for the 3rd time), Y&T, Pete Way (ex UFO) and Last in Line enabled the band to grow its fan base.
Produced by Greg Dean / Sheena Sear
Mixed by Sheena Sear and Iconic Eye
Recorded at M2 at Mad Hat’s Studio
TRACK BY TRACK
BACK FROM BEHIND THE SUN
Says Greg, “We wrote this song because we’d been away for a while, and not released any new material. This is where it starts for us right now. We wanted an anthem, a positive to mark our return.
Says Janey, “The band have always played this live, so it made sense to record it finally. we love the energy it brings and wanted to get it down finally.”
Says Janey, “This is my personal favourite on the new EP. I wrote the lyrics to this song right at the start of lockdown. I called Greg and said I’ve just walked back from my village shop and it’s like a ghost town - and well, there you go!”
HAVE MY DAY
Says Janey, “The music was written by our lead guitarist Neil Hackett. When I heard it, I thought it was an energetic piece, quite empowering to listen to. I wanted to write about a journey through life, about not giving up. staying focused with your eye on the prize. Not giving up until you have your day. It’s something I’m sure a lot of musicians can relate to.”
Says Janey, “The inspiration was an awesome lady I know, I wanted to sing about a woman, rock needs more women. I guess it’s about someone that learnt the hard way but never quit.”