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Editors’ Notes

The noise-lovin’ What’s Your Rupture? label brings us the guitar ... er, eruptions of Denmark’s youthful (teenaged) Iceage, with a U.S. debut entitled New Brigade. Fans of tough, abrasive punk — with a tolerance for undercurrents of noise, no wave and thrash — will want to put headphones on and clear the room of breakable items; songs like “New Brigade,” “Total Drench,” and “You’re Blessed” are fueled by semi-automatic drum parts and sparking guitars that throw enough heat to melt a Danish winter. Other tunes, like “White Rune” and “Collapse” hint at the earliest jolts of England’s great post-punk band Wire, tapping into the tangled roots of noise and art-damaged punk. Singer Elias Rønnenfelt intones the lyrics in English, barking in a flat, brooding expression of dissatisfaction, and there is a vortex of visceral, emotional energy at the music’s core. “Broken Bone” and “Eyes” pulse with raw energy, landing like a Fugazi punch wrapped in shoegazing softness; did original punk ever feel this good when it landed square in your gut? We think not. These kids are something to watch.

Customer Reviews

Relentless, Original, Great Debut

This has been a great year for punk music; from the blast of classic hardcore from OFF!, to the wonderfully ridiculous ambitiousness of David Comes to Life, to the Goner release of Jay Reatard's (one of the truest punks I've ever heard) earliest recordings with The Reatards, to this album of original post punk noise. Actually, noise may not be the correct term here, these boys can play. Every song is unique yet their sum is a consistent and coherent album of true punk rock (not a single slow song to kill the momentum). This band looks to have a very promising future when considering that the best three songs on this album (White Rune, Broken Bone, and Never Return) are their longest and most fleshed out tunes. Hope to see them live soon.

Iceage - New Brigade

The hype machine is already in effect on this young Danish foursome from Copenhagen, and for good reason.
On "New Brigade," their debut album, they deliver the true feel of the older leftist leaning punk and anarcho bands such as Crass, Dirt, Poison Girls,
The Ex, Flux of Pink Indians, and most notably the 77'-80' UK band Crisis, who later became Death In June.

Older punks of the above mentioned bands will appreciate this record, and younger punks who are fans of bands like Gorilla Angreb, Cult Of Youth, and Sex Vid, will enjoy this group.

Having just seen Iceage debut
San Francisco show on 27 July 2011,
they don't disappoint live.

Oh, look...

Mr. Bubbles is bashing an album because it's popular among indie fans. Again. You'll forgive me if I'm not surprised. Ignore him.

This album is pretty fun. Sure, the vocals are sloppy, and mediocre at best, but the atmosphere of the album is what makes it good. It has an Eighties punk-kind of feel to it, and it ends at just the right length. Iceage is a band that, while good on shorter records such as this, is not particularly suited for long-playing records. That's just my opinion, of course.

Huh. Guess it wasn't "unlistenable" after all, given that I've listened to the whole thing all the way through.


Formed: 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing an aggressive but stylish version of punk rock that's intelligent, expressive, and powerfully physical, Iceage are a quartet from Denmark who were still in their teens when they began to gain an international reputation. Iceage was formed in 2008 by singer and guitarist Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, guitarist Johan Suurballe Wieth, bassist Jakob Tvilling Pless, and drummer Dan Kjær Nielsen; the four, whose average age at the time was 17, had been friends for years before they began making an impression...
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