By Andrew Vela
Denmark legends, Iceage, are about to release a new record titled Beyondless after their latest release, Plowing Into the Field of Love. Iceage is a post-punk band breaking boundaries by mixing their sound with a bit folk music and utilizing multiple instruments uncommon to the ear. They sit on Matador Records, home to acts such as Belle and Sebastian, Cat Power, Ceremony, Interpol, Pavement, and many more more glorious acts.
Since Plowing Into the Field of Love’s release in 2014, frontman Elias Bender Ronnenfelt explored different musical outlets and projects, and even fronted the side project, Marching Church. Similar to Iceage, Marching Church carries a tone that is quite chaotic, but in the most subtle way possible. Ronnenfelt sings a lot more in this band, in contrast to Iceage where vocals can be a bit more aggressive and louder.
He’s even in another group called, VAR in which he is accompanied by members of other Denmark acts, Lust For Youth. VAR takes a completely different tone. VAR is helmed with dark, happy, and bittersweet electronic noises that listeners will be captivated by. Listening to VAR can be extremely personal in a way and vocals from other singer, Loke Rahbek give an aggressive feel. Especially with such a thick accent, Rahbek’s vocals are hard to stay away from.
As a result, this all leads to Iceage’s new music, which seems to be moving in the right direction. Though they seem to have shied away from their usual music, they maintain the aggressive and folk tone that marks who and what this band is. Their singles also seem to be overcome by Ronnenfelt’s side project, Marching Church. But Iceage’s sound is still distinguishable from Ronnenfelt’s various side projects. They have released three singles from their new album to date, one called “Take It” (all where you can listen below).
I personally have had the chance to see both Iceage and Marching Church, and can say they are completely different experiences, but nevertheless memorable. Make sure to catch Iceage on the road in May and June (catch them at the Barracuda in Austin May 27). You won’t want to miss these shows.