Danish post-punk band Iceage just recently finished their 3-day run of sold out shows at Gold Diggers. I caught their last show on Saturday March 31st with openers Gun Outfit and Gary Wilson.
I knew the moment I entered the venue it was going to be a very interesting show. The PA system was on the floor compared to the more traditional wall mount. The stage was also on floor level with everyone else which added a personal touch to each live performance. The overall design of Gold Diggers reflected Iceage’s personality. It’s mysterious, grimy and has a sense of chaos that is on the verge of happening.
I was excited to know last minute that Gary Wilson was opening. Gary Wilson and his band The Blind Dates put on a very odd set that is reminiscent to an experimental stage performance. The highlight for me was when he played “6.4 = Make Out” where its outro is just as haunting live as it is on record with it’s repetitive line “She’s so real, she’s real” and frightening keys backing it up. At some point, he starts throwing a bed sheet to his members.
From the few times I’ve seen Iceage, this is possibly the longest set they have played. They are known to play short sets that last around 30 minutes. The set mostly consisted off tracks from their forth-coming album “Beyondless”. This time around they have added saxophone and violin to their live show. Iceage’s sound still remains brutal with these sections added.
Half way through the set, they played “The Lord’s Favorite” and “Morals” and everyone went nuts. As breathtaking and ambitious the new songs are, the crowd had been waiting to hear songs they were familiar with. They are shouting the lyric “One Hundred Euro-wine, I do believe in heaven and I do believe it’s time.” right back at singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. As well as eagerly anticipating the chorus of “Morals” as the drummer is starting off the track with snare rolls. All I hear is an audience of the crowd screaming the title of track as he knows what is about to happen.
Iceage would then go back to play their new songs. I am really enjoying how ambitious they are getting with their material. They have found a way to continue to push the envelope within their sound. They remain to give a dark and brutal performance while simultaneously adding flow and structure to their chaos. Combined with their mysterious stage presence, Iceage continues to be one of my favorite acts to see on stage.
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