After what seems like an age, the internet / SPIN has finally been able to track down the whereabouts of missing guitarist (but not forgotten) Aaron North. SPIN writes a pretty comprehensive article, and gives a really good account of what Aaron has been up to over the last few years since his Jubilee project failed to reach traction. By all accounts, it is a rather harrowing tale of someone who (along with all the other members of The Icarus Line) I consider a hero, and a sobering reminder of how fickle and hollow the shallow temptress of fame can be. As the saying goes: you either die a hero or live long enough to become a villain.
According to the SPIN article, many of Aaron’s former friends have now left him, and not (entirely) for their own selfish reasons. When you have past underground allies (such as Weinman, Cardamone and Keller – regardless of how caustic his online persona can make him appear) desert you, you know something is amiss. And with Aaron eschewing his “punk rock” ethics and code of conduct for the glitz, glamour, and all the trappings of the mainstream, it was only a matter of time before his fame induced arrogance got the better of him.
I still hope he’s ploughing through super-models though. And riding Lamborghinis… With a chauffeur in tow.
One of the things I really liked about The Icarus Line (circa Penance Soiree) was the band’s (un)controlled chaos. You could always feel as if the band was teetering on the brink, and that the band was in danger of coming apart at the seams. It was almost as if you were staring into the abyss, and knew that through the band members’ eyes, that the abyss was staring right back at you. It was that untapped passion, coupled with the band’s untamed energy of youth, that made The Icarus Line such a tour de force when they first emerged on to the scene in the early Noughties.
Still, every “product” has its sell-by date. And every star must burn out eventually. But those that burn twice as bright, last half as long. And for however long Aaron was involved for in the music business, his star shone very, very brightly indeed.
Anyway, that’s enough about me and what I think. You can read the SPIN article here. And Aaron… If you are reading this, I did try to reach out to you a few months back. And regardless of how you feel, I just want you to know that there are some people who still do care about you.
Get better soon.