Background/ Composition: Ice Cream is a newish Toronto synth-punk two-piece from Amanda Crist of Huckleberry Friends and Carlyn Bezic of Blonde Elvis. Files between Flux Information Sciences and The Units.
Doin' It Live: B
Ice Cream have only played a handful of shows and it took them a few songs to calibrate, but what sounds minimal and polite on the recordings is much more sinister and aggressive in person.
Shop Class: A
They're at their best when they lean into their abrasive, more industrial inclinations — overdriven, sawtooth tones; drum tracks like clattering metal; barking emotionlessly into the void like the robots they affect.
Crowd response: C
Ugh, sometimes it's hard to get jazzed for the opening slot, especially if that cup of neck oil hasn't started working yet, but Ice Cream could barely get a toe tapping through what was, I assure you, a very nod- and gentle sway-worthy set at the very least.
Because, yes, there were bubbles.
— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) May 10, 2014