Make a Move (Icon for Hire song)
|"Make a Move"|
|Single by Icon for Hire|
|from the album Scripted|
|Released||July 5, 2011|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Genre||Pop punk, hard rock|
|Label||Tooth & Nail|
|Songwriter(s)||Icon for Hire|
|Producer(s)||Rob Hawkins, Aaron Sprinkle|
|Icon for Hire singles chronology|
|Scripted track listing|
"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, was released to iTunes on July 5, 2011. The song peaked at No. 13 on Billboard's Christian Rock chart.
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." 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."
David Jeffries of AllMusic interpreted the song as "[challenging] the punk-pop set to trade both angst and apathy for something positive". 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."
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. A promotional behind-the-scenes video was released in June before the full video was released via Guitar World magazine's website on August 15, 2011.
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.
|U.S. Billboard Christian Rock||13|
- Jones, Brandon (6 July 2011). "Icon for Hire – Make a Move Single Now Available". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Make A Move". Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- "Make a Move – Icon for Hire". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Somers, Liz (11 July 2011). "Icon for Hire worth hiring for your iPod". Higher Note. Denver Post. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Schexnayder, Nathaniel (22 August 2011). "Scripted" (album review). Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Jeffries, David. "Scripted" (album review). AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Lisa (17 October 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Ariel from Icon For Hire!". The Indie Christian Music Scene. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Interview with TVU's Most Wanted (Television production). TVU Music channel. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Blumreich, Van Alan (12 May 2011). "Icon for Hire Music Videos Booked". Vanblumreich.com. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- Icon For Hire (15 June 2011). 'Make A Move' Preview. YouTube. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Hart, Josh (15 August 2011). "Exclusive: Icon For Hire Premiere "Make A Move" Music Video". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 4 April 2012.