You're Nothing (Matador Records)
Just out of their teens, it seems Copenhagen's Iceage have only added to the anxiety and tension that made their debut album, New Brigade, so compelling. But now, they're challenging their raging emotions instead of simply expressing them. You're Nothing, Iceage's sophomore album, is the sound of a band pushing their singular mix of punk, Goth, hardcore, and post-punk to even further extremes. It's overwhelming how many ways Iceage have found to write the short aggressive rock song.
When you see Iceage live you get the feeling the songs are just about to fall apart before miraculously recovering, always rewarding you with a climax. This menacing energy is more forceful on You're Nothing. It is a more epic sound, like a rough sea.
Iceage is Jakob Tvilling Pless (bass), Dan Kjær Nielsen (drums), Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (vocals/guitar), and Johan Wieth (guitar). Since the release of their full-length debut, New Brigade (What's Your Rupture?/ Abeano/Escho), the band has performed at festivals including Pitchfork, Roskilde, Chaos in Tejas, and plunged themselves into various other projects. Jakob and Dan have been working on their metal band, SEJR ("victory" in Danish); Elias has released a solo 7" under the name Marching Church on Posh Isolation, and a 7" with Vår, a project for which he's working on a full-length album.
Iceage will release their sophomore solo album, You're Nothing, on Matador Records on February 19th. Escho will release the record in Denmark.
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