Iceberg NoŽl is an energetic blend of alternative, rock, pop and blues influences. The music is filled with hypnotic rhythms, soul-baring lyrics and stick-in-your-head melodies. The lead guitar work of Shane Iceberg has been compared to that of Neil Young, and with good reason. Shannon NoŽlís voice is dark and earthy, grabbing the listener and pulling them into the song. Together, they make an irresistible pair of highly talented, skilled singer-songwriters who present their songs with enthusiasm and style. The title song of their debut release, Mr. Hollandís Opium, forces the listener to feel the pain and agony of a lost love, something with which weíre all familiar. You can hear the emotion in NoŽlís voice as she begs for something to numb the pain. The lyrics are delightfully metaphorical and the chorus is of the variety that continues playing in your head long after the song has ended. Demon Seed is another masterpiece, this time with Iceberg singing the lead. The lyrics are deep, thoughtful, and again, full of agony, asking the questions Who will save Godís children from the pain caused by Satanís son? And who can ease the burden carried by the innocent ones? These questions are on everyoneís mind today with all of the tragedies that have been occurring in the world, and yet Iceberg takes the theme to a much more personal level. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Garbage, Guns ĎNí Roses, and Jefferson Starship, but these comparisons barely scratch the surface of what Iceberg NoŽl has to offer their audience in terms of style and originality. While they may show similarities of many of Rockís top-notch groups, they have a sound that in the end sounds like nobody else.
Shane Iceberg was born and raised just outside of the 'Motor City', Detroit, Michigan. As a child he dreamed of being a musician, but it wasn't until he was 16 that his dream would start coming true. Shane bought a bass guitar and taught himself to play, and within a few months he was performing regularly on the Detroit scene in the first of many local rock and roll bands. Since then Shane has been touring the nation with various artists and bands, performing as sideman or frontman playing lead guitar, keyboards, bass and/or harmonica. His rťsumť now includes such well-known names as Mitch Ryder, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Mindy McCready, Marty Haggard, and The Romantics, among others. Shane studied composing and music theory at the University of Florida where he also learned to play lute, viola da gamba, and acoustic bass.
Shannon NoŽl was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, about an hour away. With musicians on both sides of the family, it was hardly surprising when Shannon began taking an interest in music at an early age. By the age of five, she could sing a wide variety of songs accompanied by her father on piano, guitar or fiddle. At eight she began taking piano lessons, and by nine she was singing soprano in the school choir. In her teen years NoŽl began to blossom into a fine young writer and soon began to consider a career in writing. This new road eventually led her to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with emphasis in Creative Writing, from Acadia University. After graduating, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a songwriting career, joining her love of music with her love of the written word. A short while later she met producer Shane Iceberg and the two started collaborating on a collection of country-pop songs that would become Shannon NoŽl's 1998 debut release, 'Come What May'. The project was produced, engineered and mixed by Iceberg and released on the Tiger Moon Records label. The CD was an instant favorite with independant radio stations on the east coast from Florida to Nova Scotia, resulting in much radio activity for NoŽl. Heavy airplay in France resulted in several appearances on their charts as well.
In the spring of 1995, Shane met Shannon NoŽl in Nashville, TN, and the two began writing and recording their songs together. What followed were a solo album by each, and the newly released 'Mr. Holland's Opium'. Iceberg's solo album, 'Highway Songs', is best described as a blend of alternative-country and rock. It received extensive radio play in several states and in Europe. Immediately upon finishing 'Highway Songs' (of which Iceberg was also the producer, engineer, and mixer), he began working on 'Mr. Holland's Opium' - a project that seemed to have a life of its own right from the beginning. It led Iceberg and NoŽl down a different road than the previous albums had, and the finished result was a collection of songs more intimate and personal than either had anticipated. Reaction to 'Mr. Holland's Opium' has been nothing but positive, proving what Iceberg and NoŽl had suspected all along - that they make an excellent team. Also produced, engineered and mixed by Iceberg, 'Mr. Holland's Opium' is filled with energetic guitars, hypnotic rhythms and soul-baring lyrics.