Make a Move (Icon for Hire song)

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"Make a Move"
Icon For Hire Make A Move cover.JPG
Single by Icon for Hire
from the album Scripted
Released July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop punk, hard rock
Length 3:03
Label Tooth & Nail
Songwriter(s) Icon for Hire
Producer(s) Rob Hawkins, Aaron Sprinkle
Icon for Hire singles chronology
"Make a Move"
"Get Well"
"Make a Move"
"Get Well"
Scripted track listing
(Track 2)
"Make a Move"
(Track 3)
"Get Well"
(Track 4)
Music video
"Make a Move" on YouTube

"Make a Move" is a song by American hard rock band Icon for Hire. It is the first single from their debut album Scripted and, following a few months of radio play,[1] was released to iTunes on July 5, 2011.[2] The song peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Christian Rock chart.[3]


Like the rest of the album, "Make a Move" mixes a hard rock framework with pop-inspired synthesizers and hooks. Liz Somers of The Denver Post described it as "infectious rock with a hit of pop" and quoted frontwoman Ariel as saying in a press release, "There’s a tension really between heavy rock and pop, but never at the expense where it would overshadow the rock side...The pop part is like the sprinkles on top of a cake, but the actual cake is rich, dark and heavy."[4] Nathaniel Schexnayder of Jesus Freak Hideout said the song contained "impassioned vocals on top of [a] catchy beat and aggressive guitars", and felt it "provides a good reference point for potential buyers who want to get a feel for the group’s style."[5]

Song meaning[edit]

David Jeffries of AllMusic interpreted the song as "[challenging] the punk-pop set to trade both angst and apathy for something positive".[6] In an interview, lead singer Ariel explained the song's lyrics: "There are amazing, wonderful, precious people in anguish because they don't have access to food. There are bright-eyed, adorable little girls forced to have sex with strangers for fourteen hours a day, and are drugged up if they fail to perform. And what do I do with information like that? I shrug, think about how sad it is, and hope that somebody will come along and do something about it. ["Make a Move"] brings up the fact that we do so freaking little with all this knowledge. We are selfish. I am selfish."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed together with the video for the band's second single, "Get Well", during a four-day shoot in Houston with director Van Alan Blumreich.[8][9] A promotional behind-the-scenes video was released in June[10] before the full video was released via Guitar World magazine's website on August 15, 2011.[11]

The video depicts the band pulling up to an alley at night, where they paint socially critical graffiti on a wall (designs include a priest with dollar signs for eyes, a fast food meal marked with skulls and crossbones, a stick figure mother and child both holding cell phones, a crying woman carrying medical prescription bags, a baby pressing up against a television screen, and a woman wearing a blindfold with "ICON" written on it). This is intercut with footage of the band performing the song in a room decorated with similar graffiti designs, and later at a concert. The graffiti painting is interrupted when a police officer pulls up and starts chasing them down the alleyway. During the chase, guitarist Shawn Jump (playing in the graffiti-decorated room) is briefly seen finishing up a phone call before throwing down the receiver and resuming his playing. The officer finally catches up to Ariel, only to find her surrounded by a large group of teenagers staring defiantly at him. Intimidated, he turns around and runs off.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Christian Rock[3] 13


  1. ^ Jones, Brandon (6 July 2011). "Icon for Hire – Make a Move Single Now Available". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Make A Move". Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Make a Move – Icon for Hire". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Somers, Liz (11 July 2011). "Icon for Hire worth hiring for your iPod". Higher Note. Denver Post. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Schexnayder, Nathaniel (22 August 2011). "Scripted" (album review). Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Jeffries, David. "Scripted" (album review). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Lisa (17 October 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Ariel from Icon For Hire!". The Indie Christian Music Scene. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Interview with TVU's Most Wanted (Television production). TVU Music channel. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Blumreich, Van Alan (12 May 2011). "Icon for Hire Music Videos Booked". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Icon For Hire (15 June 2011). 'Make A Move' Preview. YouTube. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Hart, Josh (15 August 2011). "Exclusive: Icon For Hire Premiere "Make A Move" Music Video". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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