A One Man Icehouse (July 1982)
Iva Davies - A one man ice house
from Roadrunner magazine July 1982

For months rumours have been sweeping the Australian rock scene about the big split in Icehouse. It's been obvious that various members of the band have been taking an extended sabbatical from the band; with no live work since the tour with Simple Minds last year and no recorded material either, many people wondered if in fact it was the end of Icehouse.

Talking to Iva Davies, just prior to his departure for Los Angeles, it became apparent that the answer was yes... and no.

"As a performing band, it won't be what it was." Davies said. "There are people overseas who will probably be in the performing band, but they still have to secure releases from their record companies. John Lloyd will probably be drumming, Anthony will possibly be playing keyboards. At this stage I can't be more specific."

It's a matter of, there's going to be Icehouse with me as... "Overseeing Director", but it's going to be a changing situation."

Since the tour with Simple Minds late last year, in retrospect the swansong of the Davies, Lloyd, Anthony Smith, Keith Welsh line-up, Davies has certainly not been idle. Most of this year has been spent overseas, mainly checking out producers for the forthcoming album and doing promotional work for the last one. At one stage this year 'Can't Help Myself' popped up as a hit in Holland, 'We Can Get Together' was happening in Spain and 'Icehouse' looked like working in the UK.

For the past three months, since returning from overseas, Davies has been working with producer Keith Forsey, who he describes as Giorgio Moroder's right hand man, on the follow-up to the Icehouse album. Tentatively titled 'Primitive Man', the album is set for release in late July/early August.

A single from the album, 'Great Southern Land', will be released sometime in mid July. Davies describes the song as being about "Any kind of continent where the people are in a vulernable position - especially the people who belong there, as opposed to the people who arrive there." Other songs include 'Uniform', about propaganda, 'Persian Blue', written about a painting, 'Break These Chains', about liberation, 'Street Cafe', diary of a love affair, and 'Mysterious Thing', which Davies says is a funky number, closest in feel to 'Can't Help Myself'.

Commenting on the songs Davies said, 'They're a little staid, a little less clinical than the first album.' The backing tracks were recorded in eleven days at Paradise Studios in Sydney with Forsey coming out to Australia to co-produce, and the album will be finished in Los Angeles.

Most of the pre-production was done on Davies' own drum computer, which he describes as an 'efficient, non-gruelling way to make music.' Davies confesses to having an obsession with machinery, despite the fact that he and machines have never got on very well. "I seem to have this electronic jinx." He does add however that he can't see Icehouse as a performing band ever using computers onstage.