The Iceman Special—an ironic name for a band from the sweltering heat of Southern Louisiana—recently released their debut self-titled album. To kick off the southern leg of their national tour, the band will return to their New Orleans roots at Gasa Gasa on August 4.
The band is headlined by two brothers, William and Charles Murry on guitar and bass, respectively, along with Hunter Romero on drums and Steve Staples on lead guitar. The Murrys’ energetic stage presence coupled with Staples’ psychedelic and southern rock influence, has led to a unique sound the band calls “swamp funk,” but is most recognizably rock n’ roll. The Iceman Special’s dichotomy of contemporary pop and classic rock has yielded comparisons to a wide range of bands from Jack White to Led Zeppelin.
Staples is predominantly responsible for the rock n’ roll sound that prevails. He owns International Vintage Guitars, a shop frequented by rock musicians like Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top and the Red Hot Chili Peppers who are visiting New Orleans.
The band’s performances are just as unique and memorable as the songs they produce. At their recent set at Bayou Boogaloo, the crowd became a mosh pit that evaporated as soon as Staples started strumming his rock guitar. Their performance at Bayou Boogaloo is testament to the wide age range of the audience and the relatability of their music.
To see The Iceman Special in action, make sure to check out their show at Gasa Gasa on August 4 with special rock and soul opener Gaslight Street. Doors are at 9 p.m. for a 10 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 online $15 at the door.