Danish Punk-disciples Iceage do not mince words. The only things spoken on stage from this quartet were the brief, modest titles of the next song they were about to perform, which felt extremely appropriate given the emotion with which singer, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, delivered his music. The tour supporting Iceage’s newest release Plowing Into The Field Of Love, found its way to Salt Lake City, Utah, where I found my way to them. At best, the dingy shed in which they performed, lent itself perfectly to the music, and ultimately to the audience, who was buzzing positively with hunger for every sound coming from Iceage.
This band truly has a unique place in the 2014. They’re new album refuses to be easily classified, and their live show is a perfect testament of this. They lie on the cutting edge of modern music in this era. It amazed me that they could do so much with so little, not only musically, but emotionally. Largely in part to the beautiful stillness and accuracy of band members, Johan Surrballe Wieth, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Dan Kjær Nielsen. They are the perfect canvas upon which the hot-blooded Rønnenfelt can build and create.
Iceage’s performance was everything you want from a punk show, and also everything you wanted from the exact opposite. They had the ability to draw the initially timid audience, into moshing, throwing themselves around shamelessly, and connecting deeply with the music. Hits from Plowing In the Field Of Love, like 'The Lord’s Favorite' and 'How Many' were highlights from the night. EVERYONE was shouting and singing with the band. Endlessly tossing himself around the stage, when Rønnenfelt relentlessly delivered the lyrics, “I have a sense of utopia, of what I truly ought to do”, you believed him.
Iceage as a whole, even in their heaviest moments retains a real air of sensibility and philosophy. It’s even most effectively felt when they give in to such heaviness, and when the audience gives in, you begin to do as 'Forever' suggests: “lose myself forever”.
Words: Jaren Jolley