The Metal Voice recently interviewed singer Nathan James of the new group Iconic which features Michael Sweet (guitars), Joel Hoekstra (guitars), Marco Mendoza (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums), and Nathan James (vocals), ICONIC will release their new album ‘Second Skin’ on June 17, 2022 via Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Watch the full interview below.
When asked if the 80’s sound on the album was intentional
“I think we were aware that we wanted something that showcased everyone to the best of their ability and the music in the 80’s did that, it showed you how amazing players were and how amazing singers were. We wanted this band to showcase their talent and that we could write good songs.”
When asked if the band intends to perform live
“When we did the two days of the photo shoot in LA we had such a wonderful time and we talked quite openly about the idea on how fun it would be if this actually makes it to the live arena and give it a proper go, so we will see, hopefully that will happen.”
When asked if this is a one off project or if it will continue
“I have already signed for a second option, so if Frontiers do decide do another option I am already in. I’m guessing it’s the same for everyone else, we will see. The label will want us to tour if the album is a success, fingers crossed. A live performance would be great, picking songs from everyone’s repertoire how great would that be, it would be a lot of fun.”
Michael Sweet, known for his work as guitarist/vocalist for the legendary heavy metal band Stryper and his solo work, with his instantly recognizable voice and guitar style is really a name that needs no introduction to the hard rock faithful. Joel Hoekstra, currently of Whitesnake and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is one of hard rock’s premiere guitarists, whose fretwork is regularly praised and admired. Marco Mendoza’s resume really speaks for itself (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, The Dead Daisies, Journey) and the legendary bassist shines, as he always does, here. Tommy Aldridge, currently of Whitesnake, has also played with Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, and Black Oak Arkansas, among others, and is considered one of the great hard rock drummers of all-time. And handling lead vocals is none other than Inglorious’ Nathan James, a young man whose vocal style is a fitting, proper descendent of rock’s vocal legends of the ’70s