With a career spanning nearly 40 years, ICEHOUSE is one of Australia’s most iconic bands, transcending age groups with their hit songs, well known and loved by audiences across generations. ICEHOUSE has played to sell-out capacity audiences in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the World.
ICEHOUSE was formed by Iva Davies, the band’s frontman and musical creative force, who lead the band to an amazing 28 Platinum albums, eight Top 10 albums and over thirty Top 40 singles.
ICEHOUSE started as a pub rock band called FLOWERS, who scored a record deal with Regular Records and released their first singles, Can’t Help Myself and We Can Get Together. The band’s debut album, ICEHOUSE, was released in the same year to critical acclaim and reached multi platinum status in Australia and New Zealand where they toured for the first time. ICEHOUSE soon became the highest selling debut album by any band in Australia, a record it was to hold well into the 1990s. The iconic cover art for the album, featuring branches intertwined, was created by drummer, John Lloyd, a
former art student. After performing their song ICEHOUSE at the Countdown Awards, the band was awarded with the Johnny O’Keefe Award for Best New Talent of 1980.
In 1981, FLOWERS changed their name to ICEHOUSE for use in the overseas market and with their new name, the band embarked on their first overseas tour taking on the USA, Canada and the UK in their stride.
ICEHOUSE’S second album, PRIMITIVE MAN, produced the classic anthem, Great Southern Land, which reached number 5 on the Australian Singles Charts. PRIMITIVE MAN also included the single Hey Little Girl, a UK Top 20 Hit which ICEHOUSE performed on the “Top of the Pops” TV show in the UK. The album sold over 650,000 copies when released in Australia and is still played in Europe and the US where ICEHOUSE has many devoted fans. During this time ICEHOUSE also supported David Bowie during Bowie’s European leg of the Serious Moonlight tour.
However, it was the 1987 MAN OF COLOURS album that made ICEHOUSE a true international success with smash hits Crazy and Electric Blue topping both the US airplay and sales charts. MAN OF COLOURS became the highest local selling album by an Australian band ever and ICEHOUSE’s most successful album – selling more than a million copies in Australia, surpassing double platinum status in New Zealand and reaching Gold sales levels in Canada.
With as many as nineteen musicians who have been or still are members of ICEHOUSE, it is singer, songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist Iva Davies who is the band’s creative heart and driving force. Many of the musicians that have been a part of the band were from Australia, but several were from the UK including bass player, Guy Pratt, keyboardist Andy Qunta and saxophonist/keyboardist Simon Lloyd. Among several guests over the band’s recorded output was Brian Eno (Roxy Music, David Bowie and U2) who featured on the 1986 album MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
In 2006, ICEHOUSE was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame being described as “one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s & 90s….With an uncompromising approach to music production they created songs that ranged from pure pop escapism to edgy, lavish synthesized pieces…”. At the time, MAN OF COLOURS remained the highest selling album in Australia by an Australian band.
With over 3 million albums sold just locally, over 9 million sold internationally, sales exceeding 28 platinum albums in Australasia alone, eight top 10 albums and over thirty top 40 singles, ICEHOUSE continue to prosper.
In May 2011 ICEHOUSE released the 30th Anniversary Edition of the debut FLOWERS/ICEHOUSE album which charted in the national Top 5, then in November that year delivered the special release of the WHITE HEAT:30 HITS CD & DVD compilation which achieved Gold sales levels within two weeks, revitalising the early fans and creating a new wave of popularity for the band. Late in the year ICEHOUSE headlined a number of major music festivals and events around Australia, then in early 2012 toured with friends Daryl Hall and John Oates through Australia and New Zealand to large crowds.
Since then ICEHOUSE has toured infrequently to ever increasing crowds and re-released all albums in their catalogue in special edition repackaging with bonus material. In 2015 the band released its first ever official ‘Live’ album ICEHOUSE: In Concert and toured during the early part of 2016 to sell-out audiences around Australia.
In 2017, the band received another tribute when Qantas invited the public to vote for the names of the planes for their new fleet of Dreamliner 787-9s. Out of over 60,000 name suggestions submitted, Great Southern Land won the honour of the very first plane in the fleet being named after the iconic hit.
In the same year, ICEHOUSE also celebrated 40 years of live performance with a national Australian tour and several outdoor performances in New Zealand.