Documenting 25 years of Drew Danburry’s film photography as an act of “anti-nostalgia” is an interesting idea. These photographs, candidly capturing people spanning the 90’s through the 2000’s living “in the now” reflects to us the ever-present miracle of being. Our everyday rituals only accrue meaning through the backwards look of nostalgia – which is often muddied and inherently emotionally charged – or by fully embodying them by realizing that their significance is both fully realized in their own doing or their effects are literally unknowable. Anyway, “80’s Night…” by Icarus Phoenix and the accompanying video hits so hard. Full of plan and crystal truths like, “adjusting to now / wouldn’t be painful if / accepting yourself was / an easier task”.
Icarus Phoenix is a loose collective of musicians led by Danburry that formed in Missoula, MT. As a refugee from the housing crisis wherein California transplants moved into desirable but hitherto affordable cities along the American West, Icarus Phoenix has formed again melding thoughtful shoegaze production, Paisley Underground melodicism with Danburry’s biting wit and profound realizations. It’s a heavy trip these last few years. “80’s Night…” is a reminder for us that nostalgia is a dead end road and being present in our lives and bodies brings control and opens doors for spontaneity and chaos – the building blocks of a new reality.