Preview: Iceage to Play First Unitarian Church 4/19
Danish punk group Iceage will hit up Philly’s First Unitarian Church on April 19th along with Metz, Nightbirds and White Lung. Grab your tickets before this chaotically calamitous show sells out.
Known for their riotous performances and occasional politically controversial images, the fairly young quartet out of Copenhagen wowed punk lovers in 2011 with their debut album, New Brigade. Their most recent project, You’re Nothing, slaps you in the face with grating, grungy and dissonant instrumentals that support passionate though melodically ambiguous and freely-formed singing (or in some cases, bellowing.)
A fair amount of darkness and anxiety can be snuffed out through Elias Bender Ronnenfelt’s low-end, almost speak-sung voice in “Ecstasy”. Few lines can be deciphered, but he puts emphasis on societal “pressure”, a lyric that repeats over droning and distorted guitar. A little more musical cohesion comes into play with “In Haze” and “Morals”, in which we can hear chord progressions and more energy-forward singing.
Whether noise and distort-forward or more rhythmically and harmonically-formed, the songs Iceage creates convey messages in their own right, though at times fairly nihilistic ones. Nonetheless they will undoubtedly have you shaking your hair in the isles.
First Unitarian Church is located at 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
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