Icon for Hire are an anthemic, guitar-based rock band from Illinois.
Formed in Decatur in 2007, Icon for Hire feature vocalist Ariel Bloomer, guitarist Shawn Jump, bassist Josh Kincheloe, and drummer Adam Kronshagen. Although they do not call themselves a Christian rock band, as with their influences U2 and Paramore, many of their songs deal with spiritual themes. Between 2007 and 2009, the band released two EPs and toured much of the Midwest, building a loyal fan following along the way. They released their debut full-length album, Scripted, on Tooth & Nail Records in 2011. In 2013, Icon for Hire returned with their self-titled sophomore album on Tooth & Nail, which debuted at number 66 on the Billboard 200 and featured the single "Cynics & Critics." Citing creative, ideological, and technical differences, they left Tooth & Nail in 2015 and set up a Kickstarter fund to fuel their upcoming fourth studio long-player. The resulting You Can't Kill Us was released independently the following year. ~ Matt Collar