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The Icarus Line Must Die

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This Partner Label release is distributed through Vinegar Syndrome's sister company OCN Distribution. Vinegar Syndrome had no part in, nor are responsible for, the restoration, extras, quality control or any content(s) of this release. We hope you enjoy our growing roster of Partner Labels and the expertise and curation brought to each release by their dedicated staff!


This special limited edition slipcover (designed by Steak Mtn) is limited to 1,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Dark Star Pictures is a new-age North American distribution company, focused on bringing unique and targeted content to audiences across the country and is committed to releasing auteur-driven, original cinema in the theatrical, digital and home video space. In partnership with OCN Distribution, new Dark Star titles - along with celebrated features in their back catalog - will receive features packed blu-ray editions that will maintain the OCN standard of quality and Dark Star's deft curation.

The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of notorious punk bad boys The Icarus Line as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. With a new record completed and a major label deal within sight, Joe fights to keep his band, his relationship and his life from completely falling apart.

Ariel Pink, Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Pearl Charles, Melissa Brooks (The Aquadolls), Justin Pearson, Rafael Reyes (Prayers) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) are featured along with performances by Pink Mountaintops, Together Pangea, The Icarus Line, Retox, Obliterations and Annie Hardy of Giant Drag.

directed by: Michael Grodner
starring: Joe Cardamone, Keith Morris, Jerry Stahl
2017 / 82 min / 1.78:1 / English DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Audio Commentary from Michael Grodner & Joe Cardamone
  • Audio Commentary from Annie Hardy & Joe Cardamone
  • Unreleased Scene with Annie Hardy & Joe Cardamone
  • Unreleased Concert footage of the Icarus Line from the Echoplex
  • Essay from critic A.S. Hamrah
  • English SDH subtitles

The Icarus Line Must Die - Official Trailer from Mike Repsch on Vimeo.