17 June 2009
The Ice Kings
Who knew a geeky, quiet, little (ex) band from Austin, Texas was so into snow? Not me. And who knew that the eco-capitalists at REI were hip enough to employ such an un-snowy band for their snowy soundtrack? Not me.
Though the video would have better accomplished using a telemarker or two, the skiing is awfully nice, especially as I look all around me and see nothing but the green, green grass (of home) growing taller and taller.
The compilation came out January 2009. As far as I know the song is unavailable on any other format and might never be now that they no longer exist. I assume it was guitarist/vocalist Andrew Kenny who said this about the song:
"Ice King" was written in the middle of a record streak of 100-degree days here in beautiful Austin, TX. Something's gotta give. As hot as it gets here, it gets even colder in the Northeast. And doesn't the cold outside have a way of bringing out the cold in people? That's what this song is about.
I would say the opposite is true, Andrew. At any rate, enjoy your (dreams of) skiing.