V2 - 2004 - 53 minutes

It may seem like The Icarus Line have taken the jump from underground bad boys to big news very quickly, but they've got years of obscure 7-inches and countless gigs behind them, so it was only a matter of time before a wider audience wised up. And 'Penance Soiree' is the album to help them do it.

Gone is much of the hardcore fury of their debut album, replaced with a rockier belligerence. Where once The Icarus Line screamed, now they swagger, taking some energy from The Rolling Stones, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain - in-between harming their instruments.

It's not subtle and needed more tracks to compete with 'Up Against The Wall' and 'Spike Island', but you'll suspect an even more fearsome band could be waiting to get out. More depth and drama next time and the sun's the limit.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Up Against the Wall - Spit On It - On the Lash - Caviar - Spike Island - Kiss Like Lizards - Getting Bright At Night - Big Sleep - White Devil - Meatmaker - Virgin Velcro - Seasick - Party The Baby Off