Tim Brown plays guitar does some singing in the Progressive Rock/Pop Punk/Indie band Icarus the Owl, one of our favorites from Blue Swan Records (although really every band on that label are our favorites). He was also a member of Vox Vocis and released a one off EP as Futari.
They’ve been slowly writing material for a new album while playing the odd shows here and there (as well as a tour this fall with Hotel Books). This will be his second album with the band, so to get a good idea of some of the inspirations he will bring to the table, check out his top 10 favorite albums!

*Main image provided by Devin Barnes Photos

Steve Hackett – Voyage Of The Acolyte
“This is my favorite album of all time and, in my opinion, the perfect and definitive Prog rock album. Steve Hackett weaves melodies from “Ace of Wands” throughout the entire album, making it flow seamlessly from song to song and keep you captivated the entire time. I definitely would not be the musician I am today without this album.”

Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come
“Probably the most influential album of my life. I first heard “New Noise” when I was figuring out how to play guitar and the way it just exploded into this insane chorus with screaming and the woo! I knew I had to start a band after hearing it. ‘Summer Holiday vs Punk Routine” has the catchiest chorus riff ever and the lyric “rather be forgotten then remembered for giving in” is something I try to live every day.”

The Slaughterhouse 5 – Alban B. Clay
“I discovered this album by accident while browsing art rock on bandcamp and have been in love ever since. I’m a real sucker for concept albums, so naturally I was hooked from the get go, and what kept me there was how each song seems to be from a different genre but still somehow completely cohesive. The album goes through these crazy experiences that Alban has and ends with an insane groovy track about everything was him just wanting to be cool. 2014 album of the year for me.”

Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV: Volume I: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
“Does this album even need a paragraph as to why it’s so amazing? The Willing Well Suite is probably the greatest piece of conceptual prog rock ever. I never get tired of listening to this album and its pretty much on constant repeat in my car. My favorite album from my favorite band.”

Rooftops – A Forest Of Polarity
“When I really started getting into math rock this was the album that pushed me over the edge. Ridiculously strong album with riffs that will be stuck in your head for days. I put this album on whenever someone wants to know what math rock is.”

Toe – The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety
“I really like Japanese music and this album comes from one of the best japanese bands. Toe is a band that knows its sound and knows how to execute everything perfectly. These guys don’t just make music, they make love to it and if you’ve ever seen them live you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The insanity of Kashikura Takashi’s drumming in the track “C” is deceptively complex and I can’t appreciate it enough.”

Genesis – Foxtrot
“Legendary Prog album and majorly influential for me. My favorite track is “Can-Utility and The Coastliners”, which is the definitive Genesis song IMO, has everything you need or want from a prog song. Peter Gabriel tells a crazy tale about a King over swirling 12 string guitars and the song transforms into this heavy hitting instrumental section with bass pedals and the melotron and we get a legendary guitar solo from Steve Hackett at the end. If you’ve never heard the Gabriel era of Genesis, I recommend starting with this album.”

Emery – The Weak’s End
“This album is pretty personal to me being the album that introduced me to heavier elements like screaming and breakdowns but also having the softest, emotionally destroying parts. The broken animals part in “By All Accounts (Today Was A Disaster)” is one of the most passionate and emotional parts in any song I’ve heard.”

Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
“This album is unstoppable. Every song on it is a banger, it almost seems unfair to have this many good songs on one album. I can’t even pick a favorite song cause they’re all so good.”

Lucy Rose – Like I Used To
“My friend Alex recommended this album to me one night and I fell in love. Lucy has an amazing voice and really knows how to convey the emotion she’s written into the songs. “Shiver” is the track that will destroy me every time I listen to it.”

Check out Icarus the Owl‘s latest release Pilot Waves if you haven’t yet (it will blow your mind) and keep an eye out for new music from them.

Also, check out his project Futari that released an EP and disbanded immediately after (it’s amazing).