Since releasing 2011's bleak and scuzzy 'New Brigade', Danish punks Iceage have been a force to be reckoned with in the scene, truly standing out from their peers. Their sound is largely depressing post-punk thanks to numb musicality and strong emotions being outpoured, but with significant pages out of the hardcore and noise rock book to give them even more of an edge. They've also released 2013's 'You're Nothing' and last year's 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love' where they've progressed across these records, managing to make songs more memorable without losing any bite. They hit Leeds' Brudenell Social Club this month where we saw their significance on the stage too.
First though was Mush who played distorted Pixies/Sonic Youth-esque indie; effect heavy, psychedelic guitars with a hell of a lot of bends. The robotic, monotonous vocals morphed into the occasional feral bark lending some unpredictability.
Next is Helm who couldn't be more different playing hypnotic electronic drone music. There's lots of long ghostly notes with the occasional cascade of think loops and samples. It's not for everyone, but whether you like it or not, absolutely everyone in attendance had their eyes glued to the artists as they struggled to decide whether they were left wanting more or glad it's over.
Continue reading: Iceage - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - May 4th 2015 Live Review
The UK band hope to hit the road again with a debut album next year.
If any band is blowing up in the UK right now, it's London rockers Wolf Alice. Hotly tipped by virtually everyone and having easily made it on to BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist, they've got a seriously heavy year ahead of them.
Wolf Alice are planning their debut album
They've just come off of their UK Autumn tour, which included a hugely exciting show at Heaven in London, and it's definitely given them a taste for further shows. 'I still find it just amazing to see people who have taken the time and effort and sometimes the money to come down and see something we've been working on and something that we've always wanted to do and dreamt of', says lead singer Ellie Rowsell.
Continue reading: Wolf Alice: The Name That Will Be On Everyone's Lips In 2015
Four-fifths of the way into Iceage's third album, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt declares he's "p**sing against the moon." As introductions go, it's about as subtle as things get, but then Rønnenfelt and his band have never been renowned for their subtlety.
Welcome to 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love', the latest venture for Copenhagen art terrorists Iceage. We use the term "art terrorists" rather than "art punks" because their vision is clearly set in the future rather than retrospective past. And while some of the musical reference points here can be traced back to artists of yore, their take on such wares is breathtakingly unique, even by their uncompromising standards.
Indeed, the three years between 2011's debut 'New Brigade' and now make interesting viewing. Emerging from Denmark's vibrant underground scene a couple of years earlier, their first record had a touch of Idlewild's 'Captain' about it; visceral, dangerous, challenging, raw. Their live shows seemed to confirm that initial promise, not to mention the band's ability to exacerbate both audiences and the media alike.
Continue reading: Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love Album Review
This week heralds the long awaited return of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Of course, we have seen plenty of Nick Cave over the last few years, with 2010’s Grinderman 2 album and his soundtrack work on Metamorphosis and Lawless (both 2012 releases) but Cave’s fans have been waiting since 2008’s Dig, Lazarus Dig! for new output from the Bad Seeds.
As with many of Nick Cave’s album releases, Push the Sky away has been rapturously received (can this guy do no wrong, we wonder?), with a 4/5 review in The Guardian, a similarly effusive 9/10 from NME and a generous 8.0 from Pitchfork. There’s no huge departure in sound here; Push the Sky is very much what you will have come to expect from a Nick Cave album. Luckily, what we have largely come to expect from a Nick Cave album is sublime song structuring, insightful lyricism and quality musicianship – all of which are delivered on Push the Sky Away.
Continue reading: Out Now - UK Albums Releases - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Return, Triumphant, Emeli Sande Epidemic Spreads With Live Album Release, Danish Punks Iceage Split Opinion With Controversy