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The Icarus Line announce passing of member Alvin Deguzman

The Icarus Line announce passing of member Alvin Deguzman
Guitarist Alvin Deguzman was a founding member of post-hardcore legends The Icarus Line, who birthed eight albums before splitting in 2015. Now, tragically just two years later, the band have had to announce that Deguzman has died from cancer.
 
Here’s what singer Joe Cardamone said: “I can say with no degree of uncertainty that without Alvin, I would not have had the strength to press forward for so long. The new guy, no matter where he came from, whatever band, was applesauce compared to the pack of criminals that I ran with. Alvin being the saint, the moral compass, the exception… Success didn’t make a scratch of difference to him. When we had it all in front of 15k people at Reading Festival or when we had nothing a week later at bar to no one in Arizona. Doing music was the same to him, fuck the circumstances. For 20 years Alvin turned up, played and knew my songs better than I did.”
 
“On more than one night, I saw the smallest guy in a tribe of small warriors pack the van entirely by himself. I would be out of breath on the curb next to him, he didn’t phase. Alvin slept on the dirty motel floor for 20 years so that I could sleep in a dirty motel bed.For years he taught the band to play my music. It’s completely impossible overstate what kind of sacrifice that is… Before I met Alvin I never really had a best friend or really even knew that existed and after I met him I was never alone again”, he said. “With tears in my eyes i say goodbye to my friend, I love you homie, I hope we meet again.”
 
Well we’ve teared up.

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