Icon for Hire is an American pop/rock band that formed back in 2007 in Decatur, Illinois. They were originally indie before they signed onto Tooth & Nail Records. They became indie again back in 2015.
- Ariel Bloomer (mononymous)-Vocalist
- Shawn Jump-Guitarist
- Joshua Davis- Former bassist
- Adam Kronshagen- Former Drummer
- Josh Kincheloe
- Scripted (2011)
- Icon for Hire (2013)
- You Can't Kill Us (2016)
Tropes for Icon for Hire:
- Abusive Parents: Played for subtlety in Sorry About Your Parents, where the opening lines mentioning the dad being a jerk and the mother not appreciating the gift.
- An Aesop: Some of their songs have this, particularly with the song Under the Knife which talks about Self-Harm and discourages listeners from going down that route.
- Adorkable: Ariel is usually this in spades.
- Broken Bird: Some of their songs elude to the singer being this, lyrics-wise.
- Curse Cut Short: "I'm callin' it, you're full of shhh"
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Sorry About You Parents seems to imply this in the, "I know it's not your fault. It never is, is it? (is it? is it?)", supposing the subject was using their parents' mistreatment of them as excuse for why they act the way they do.
- Graffiti of the Resistance: The video for Make a Move features this before the cops come.
- New Media Are Evil: The song Rock and Roll Thugs eludes to the this concept, particularly with a line having a priest tell the singer that "if she wants to go out nice, she's gotta give the music up"..
- Not Christian Rock: Some bits and pieces lyrics allude to the Christian faith. They don't prefer to identify as Christian Rock, as they feel it will separate their non-Christian listeners from their audience.
- Precision F-Strike:
- In the song Now You Know, the word "dick" is cut short but "fucking" is plainly said
- Under the Knife has the line "When we were fifteen, we wouldn't dare let that shit be seen."
- Re-release the Song: War has been floating around the internet under the title of Perfect Storm ever since 2013 or earlier.
- Self-Harm: Under the Knife has this as the subject. See the above "An Aesop" entry.
- Stepford Smiler: "Happy Hurts" implies the depressed type, as the subject puts a brave face, trying to be happy, despite feeling awful.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ariel tends to usually have her hair dyed something of a pink or purple in her appearances. Her high school photo.
- You Are Not Alone: Some of their songs send this message, Get Well being one where this trope is most overt. The song You Can't Kill Us applies as well.