Ikara Colt

Ikara Colt
Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, garage rock, art punk, art rock, lo-fi
Years active 1999–2005
Labels Epitaph, Fantastic Plastic
Past members Claire Ingram
Paul Resende
Dominic Young
Jon Ball
Tracy Bellaries

Ikara Colt were an English four-piece indie rock band, formed by art students at London Guildhall University. They had a five-year career, beginning in 1999 and ending on 17 January 2005. The band had stated in interviews their intention to disband before they "turn into some old, tired and jaded outfit"; this was the reasoning behind the decision to break up after just two albums and one EP.[1] In the UK, the band were signed to the London-based independent record label, Fantastic Plastic Records, while Epitaph distributed their records in the US.

The band were not typically associated with any particular music scene, playing on tour with a variety of diverse bands, though influences included bands such as Sonic Youth and The Fall.[2]

In 2003, they undertook a six-week tour of the US, with Sweden's Sahara Hotnights and the US's The Washdown.

Original bass player Jon Ball left the band in 2003, to be replaced by Tracy Bellaries (formerly of Soulbossa), although Ball was still involved for most of the songwriting process and some of the recording of Modern Apprentice, the band's second and final album. Bellaries afterwards joined the group Mystery Meat, and later Part Chimp.

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Modern Apprentice is the final album released by Ikara Colt before their eventual break-up in January 2005. The album was recorded with Tracy Bellaries playing most of the bass parts, despite the fact she had not been in the band for most of the writing process but had only joined after the departure of Jon Ball. As such, a number of tracks credit both members due to Ball having written (or played) the bass lines in full or part. The album was released in June, 2004 on Fantastic Plastic Records with the single Wanna be That Way preceding it. Wake in the City and Modern Feeling were also released as singles later in 2004. The track Automatic is followed by a sho




  1. Pitchfork News: Ikara Colt call it a day
  2. Modern Apprentice album review
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 267. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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