Man buns, coffee, and acoustic guitars–the campus center was a hipster’s paradise on Tuesday night. At 7:30 p.m., the Icarus Account performed a small acoustic show for Albright students in the main lounge.
Florida-born twin brothers Trey and Ty arrived with the intentions of playing an amplified show with microphones on the stage. However, due to technical difficulties, the duo ended up sitting on the steps of the stage with their unplugged guitars, a tambourine, and their voices. Ty and Trey invited the audience to gather around them in order to better hear the music.
The change of plans created a much more intimate setting that instantly made everyone comfortable. Both performers were extremely relaxed, yet still professional.
“We’re gonna hang out and have a chill time” said Trey, the older twin. “Most of our shows are with microphones and in bigger settings. Since we’re all so close and intimate tonight we can tell you guys the backstories of our music.”
Ty and Trey began playing guitar at age 12, performing in church and at their high school in order to get their music out. They began performing covers of their favorite songs, which changed music for them. They became “The Icarus Account” and pursued a successful career in music shortly after dropping out of college.
Knowing the stories behind the music made The Icarus Account’s performance all the more interesting. Audience members listened intently to what Trey and Ty had to share.
Their setlist consisted of covers by Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, and the Goo Goo Dolls, but they mostly played original songs. Each original song had its own personal connection to one of the twins.
Ty explained that “Yellow Shirt” is a love song about his wife; Trey recalled that “Proud” is a result of the day his father dropped them off at college. “We try to pull reality into our songs. It feels better when you’re writing from the heart,”said Ty.
The night was extremely laid back. The Icarus Account took requests from the audience and let everyone decide what they wanted to hear.
Of course, every show needs some banter, and there was plenty of it between Trey and Ty. The two made fun of each other the entire time, but it was all out of brotherly love.
When asked what type of setting the twins preferred, Ty said, “We love big crowds that know our music, but small unplugged shows are always really fun.”
Trey and Ty left Albright students with a simple piece of advice: “Follow your dreams. Life’s too short to not do what you love. We do what we love for a living, and it’s the best decision we ever made.”
The Icarus Account will be releasing a new album in March.