Last Friday, Denmark’s post-punk outfit Iceage pulled into town to Rockefellers in support of their latest album, Beyondless. This show was the first time the group would play the city since their slot at the 2015 edition of FPSF (where they played a normal and “Fancy Pants” only set). Back then, the band was touring for their third and most critically acclaimed record, Plowing Into the Field of Love. That record includes some of the band’s biggest hits, such as “The Lord’s Favorite” and “Forever.” It also featured some new(er) influences on their music, especially that of country. Beyondless is a slight return to the first two records, in terms of its post-punk instrumentation, but the difference being much more of a more technical and “ambitious” sound.
The show, while not completely sold out, had a decent turnout, overwhelmingly consisting of younger people under 30. This is not surprising (Iceage attracting a younger audience) considering that they were about 17 when they first started played a decade or so ago. When Elias, the band’s frontman, took to walking around the venue before his set, I noticed quite a bit of the audience trying to make small talk with him.
The show also ran a bit late, because, if I remember correctly, the opening act, Temple of Angels, arrived late, but no one really seemed to mind. I had not heard of them before, and I was quite impressed. They mix their gothic influences with shoegaze and dreampop to create some very enjoyable atmospheric melodies. About 30 minutes later they were off stage and Iceage shortly began moving up their gear.
Iceage has always, whether they have meant it or not, had very conscious fashion and general “look,” with this show being no exception. Elias sported a baggy suit while others were also in various other “cool” clothes. It really does fit the image of their music. Elias slowly walked up to the mic, looked across the crowd, and then signaled the band to start. After that, the energy shot straight up in intensity.
The set featured a lot of newer tracks from the band. I also found lyrics to the songs I didn’t know a bit challenging to understand at times with the singers deep, Danish accent. However, I was happy when a song I knew arrived, especially “The Lord’s Favorite.” It was a big sing-a-long between band and fan. This happened every now and then when the hits were played.
Overall, their set proved that the band has still kept their signature sound while also not being afraid to try new things. Having fans such as Iggy Pop is not a bad thing for a band to flaunt, and I certainly see why Pop enjoys them. If they continue adding new influences for each record, I very much look forward to seeing where they go from here.