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Iceage at 285 Kent, Saturday (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In addition to the decidedly punk show that went down at 285 Kent the night before, Iceage also played a cramped and swaying Home Sweet Home on Saturday (1/26). There the Danish foursome were joined by sets from Pharmakon and Dream Affair. Video from all three bands' sets is below.
words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Iceage @ 285 Kent
Iceage blew into 285 Kent last night (1/25) in the wake of an actual snowstorm, but if the inclement weather deterred any from venturing out to see the Danish post-punk band, you couldn't tell by the room. 285 Kent was overpacked, the usual cigarette-and-sweat melange augmented by dirty slush tracked all over the floor. Anticipation was high, and you couldn't move for being thrown to the ground.
Deformity got things started with a raw-as-fuck set of scalding punk, the drums hitting like a combo move. Raspberry Bulbs were next. Over a 25-minute set of fuzzy, blackened punk--cut one song short by a malfunctioning amp--the band destroyed eardrums. The bass, distorted and aggressive, was louder than on their record, choking the low end while corrosive twin guitars squalled above it. Faint intimations of melody ghosted beneath the noise and frontman He Who Crushes Teeth's abrasive vocals.
Nomad upped the ante and left the room broken and bleeding, no mean feat given that they played a ten minute set. There is nothing that can really prepare you for Nomad, and it seemed that many in the crowd, having come for Iceage, where not prepared for the hardcore audial assault of the NYC three-piece, nor for, say, a dude in a helmet cannonballing helmet-first off the stage, which happened about thirty seconds into their set. Their songs are holocaustic rippers that sound like your brain being cleaved through the corpus callosum; all you can feel is the hot blade.
Then, ah: Iceage. They crawled out from somewhere looking like beautiful enfants terribles, buttoned all the way up, babyfaces touched by no razor. The heraldic manumitters of the angry and disenchanted youth of today. When their debut album, New Brigade, blew up eighteen months ago, it was as if the music media machine had turned over a new log and voila, Iceage were the brightest beetle. After that came the flood: Iceage were nebulously connected to an underground Copenhagen scene centered around the Youth House, a music venue and rendezvous point for various leftist groups before it was demolished following a police-enforced eviction in 2007. The swirl of hype crested with questions like, "Are Iceage the Saviors of Punk?" and write-ups in outlets like The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Guardian. And there's been controversy, too, primarily about racially-loaded imagery in the band's music videos and a fanzine called "Dogmeat", illustrated and published by frontman Elias Rønnenfelt. Defenders and detractors came out swinging on both sides of the debate. Now they're signed to Matador and readying the release of the second record, You're Nothing.
But you know all that. You're also angry and confused at the state of things, or you used to be, or you're just curious about this band. In the presence of the storm, the crowd at 285 Kent last night immediately bifurcated into those who throw firecrackers and spin-kick in the middle of the pit, and those who press to the sides with an admixture of fear and awe.
Iceage pummeled through a set culled almost entirely from You're Nothing, two exceptions being "New Brigade" and "You're Blessed" from the first record. During the latter cut, a burly figure leapt on stage and then tackled Rønnenfelt into the crowd, kicking the heads of the unsuspecting on the way down, thereby collapsing the opposing punk rock impulses to both terrorize and protect the stage into a single meaningful move. Rønnenfelt seemed unfazed, though. He might have been rendered insensate by drink or just the tumultuous noise; it seemed as though he might pass out at any moment, and I'd guess that little more than half of his barked vocals actually made it to the mic. He wailed on the platform like a pipsqueak Henry Rollins, incautious of his own safety. A stagehand wisely removed the mic stand after two songs.
Iceage played loose and brazenly apathetic, often turning their songs into chaotic barrages of masochistic squall. They're too musical to be called punk, too clangorous to be called post-punk. When it cohered, as it sometimes did, you experienced an ecstatic fever dream of power. Dan Kjaer Nielsen's furious drumming had the same effect on the guitar and bass as a blender has on whatever you put in it. The crowd responded in kind, or some of them did anyway, meeting violence with violence. Firecrackers, flying beer cans, etc. I have a jacket that might forever smell like whatever hot, cinnamon-y drink the tiny girl next to me was drinking when it was body-slammed from her hands.
The set was assaulting, furious, sloppy and aggressive. When it unceremoniously ended after thirty or so minutes (a long set by Iceage's standards), the audience filed out to the Williamsburg waterfront, bruised and vertiginous. At the eye of the hypestorm Iceage have generated is the blackthroated, hook-laden punk of New Brigade that's still irrepressible. The glimpse we got of album number two suggests we're in for more of the same.
Catch Iceage again tonight (1/26) at Home Sweet Home with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. More pictures (unfortunately none of Nomad) and Iceage's setlist, below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
DOWNLOAD: Iceage - "Coalition" (MP3)
Iceage at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Danish punks Iceage are releasing their new album You're Nothing on February 19 via Matador and they've just revealed the first taste of that album with the new track, "Coalition," which you can download above or stream below.
The band already announced that they'll play a NYC show on January 25 at 285 Kent, which Raspberry Bulbs, Nomad, and Deformity open (tickets) and they've just revealed that the show is part of a whole tour which includes two other NYC dates. The day after the 285 Kent show, Iceage will play Home Sweet Home (1/26) (131 Chrystie St) with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. Admission for that show is $10 at the door (more info on the flyer below).
Then in April the band will do an east coast run with Vancouver punks White Lung which hits NYC on April 20 at Bowery Ballroom.
Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates. Other tour dates include support from Merchandise, Milk Music, Hoax, and more. All dates are listed below.
White Lung released one of the greatest punk records of 2012 with Sorry and towards the end of the year they released a 7" for their European tour with two new songs, "Two of You" and "Hunting Holiday." You can stream both of those below.
The Jesus and Mary Chain at Irving Plaza last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in NYC
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* NASS GNAWA @ Zebulon
* Brian Posehn @ Caroline's
* NewBorn Trio @ The Stone
* Kemp & Eden @ Joe's Pub
* Jill Stevenson @ Joe's Pub
* Eleh, Lary 7 @ Issue Project Room
* Ryan Montbleau Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hybris, Wavewhore, Nychavok @ Cameo
* Salva, Groundislava, RX @ Glasslands
* Mono, Chris Brokaw @ (le) poisson rouge
* Amon Tobin, Holy Other @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Beach Day, Field Mouse, Suns, TeePee @ Pianos
* Wormburner, American Darlings @ Mercury Lounge
* Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* DJ Harvey (All Night Rong) @ Santos Party House
* Devotchka, Clare & the Reasons @ Bowery Ballroom
* Barkhouse, El Dorado, The Love Ways @ The Gutter
* Maria Minerva, Father Finger, Octo Octa @ Glasslands
* Dogz of Zeus, Full Circle, Nicoroc @ Santos Party House
* Ben Folds Five (reunion) @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Islands, Magic, Miracles of Modern Science @ Littlefield
* Band4: Carrick, Cochrane, Frasconi & Parkins @ The Stone
* The Roots, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ The Capitol Theatre
* Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Ferraro, TEEN @ Webster Hall
* JFK MSTRKRFT, Team Bayside High, Bird Petersen @ Webster Hall
* Lazyeyes, Yellow Dogs, Wild International @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Merchandise, Rosenkopf, Siamese Twins, Dream Affair @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Dead Stars, We Run, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Honduras @ Muchmore's
* The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychic Paramount, The Vandelles @ Irving Plaza
* Circa Survive, Touche Amore, Balance and Composure, O'Brother @ Terminal 5
* Slowdance, Caged Animals, Moon King, Omhouse, Kissing Is A crime @ Big Snow
* Sun Color, Gunn/Truscinski Duo, Nonhorse, Sam Gascan @ Shea Stadium
* Woodsman, Speculator, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Human Behavior @ Cake Shop
* The Hood Internet, Body Language, My Gold Mask, Oscillator Bug @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* White Hills, Guardian Alien, Man Forever, Dan Friel, Rhyton, Black Twig Pickers @ Death By Audio
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival w/ Startalk Live! with Neil, Degrasse Tyson, Sarah Silverman & more @ The Bell House
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival w/ Damien Lemon, Brooke Van Poppelen, Brent Sullivan, Greg Johnson, Phoebe Robinson @ more @ Union Hall
There's a secret show at 285 Kent tonight.
Tonight's the last of Merchandise's three-night NYC run at Saint Vitus with Rosenkopf, Siamese Twins, and Dream Affair. Sold out unfortunately. Openers Dream Affair just released a video for their new single "The Porter," which you can watch below.
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Anasazi at Public Assembly (more by Tamara Porras)
Gothic post-punk crew Dream Affair will lead off a four-band bill tonight (8/1) at Public Assembly, joined by NYC favorites Anasazi, gothic-"gypsy rock" from Religious to Damn and Nao Katafuchi. Tickets are available at the door.
The show doubles as both a welcome and farewell party, with Anasazi celebrating the release of their new 7 inch I Saw The Witch Cry (out now via Sacred Bones) and Religious to Damn waving goodbye to their namesake to pursue a different direction:
Hi everyone! Big news. We feel that significant changes to our lineup as well as a more full-fledged electronic approach to the music has basically made us a different band, so we've decided to treat it as such. We're putting the finishing touches on the new webpages, photos, and tracks, so stay tuned: we'll announce the new name and direct you all to our new pages very, very, very soon.
Stream one song from that new Anasazi 7" alongside material from all bands below.
In semi-related news, the next few WIERD parties at Home Sweet Home will be notable ones, with tonight (8/1) featuring Believer/Law and next week (8/8) featuring an appearance from Future Blondes. The WIERD parties jump off late, so a stop by Home Sweet Home after Public Assembly is entirely possible.
Check out some streams below.
by Bill Pearis
Local trio Dream Affair are playing tonight's (8/31) Wierd party at Home Sweet Home. It's a record release party for the band's debut, Endless Days, which is out now on Avant! Records. If you like you coldwave/postpunk with a little Wax!Trax!-style clanging beats, definitely check 'em out.
You can download two tracks from the album via a widget at the bottom of this post. Also down there, the video for the album's title track.