Nick Whetro is the founder of Icarus Himself. And after leaving Northern Indiana in ‘04, to relocate to Madison, Wisconsin, he started writing songs and ended up forming the group National Beekeepers Society (a sort of a slacker rock/garage pop group), which has released two albums; self-titled debut in ‘07, and Pawn Shop Etiquette in ‘08.
Whetro has now taken the refined distortion of National Beekeepers Society and combined it with his minimalist songwriting style to make a basement-tape-beauty of an album entitled Coffins, under the moniker Icarus Himself. This release follows Icarus Himself's self-titled debut EP which surfaced in February, 2008. Coffins was created with the help of fellow NBS member Karl Christenson on baritone guitar often distorted through an assembly of effects pedals, as well as added input from the other half of NBS, and members of garage/folk/punk band Sleeping in the Aviary. The majority of the album was recorded by Ricky Riemer at Science of Sound in Madison, then additional tracking and mixing was engineered by Kris Hansen (NBS) at Leyden Jar Studio.
Flight open the show with Icarus Himself and Sleeping in the Aviary in a round robin - the bands set up on stage at the same time...one plays 3 songs, the other plays 3, repeat...