We are all in a rush. These are fast times. Iceage know this and their debut album clocking in at under thirty minutes is a helper skleter rush of ideas that sound all the better for this.
The four piece Danish band piece together the trilling rush of punk rock with the high velocity of hardcore and, here comes the really interesting bit, the melancholia of neo Goth and the ideas of post punk. Somewhere in the clattering rush you can hear bits of Jesus And The Mary Chain in the not shouted vocals and even the angular guitar clank of the Fire Engines before the band take off again on another burn of metric punk rock noise.
The four angular teenagers have obviously not waged any listening time in their lives and their music. Is crammed with ideas. They have a semi focussed energy and mystique that seems them shroud their English lyrics in a slurred intonation and lower I’d that is really effective but their overall sound is big and bold. There is enough energy and ideas on this impressive debut to captivate and the band who have been called the saviours of punk by some commentators who seem to be beyond the idea that punk doesn’t need saving have the energy and great songwriting to make their own mark.
This is a great debut album full of the thrill of youth and the visceral love of the shrapnel guitar, their videos give little away, just fuzz and distortion, matching the band’s own songs.
Abeano Records are currently streaming the entire album.
‘New Brigade’ (Abeano Records) – Available now