Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Single of the Week: Iceage - "Ecstasy"
Copenhagen's underground is home to one of the more interesting punk scenes of today. Iceage, who stand amongst the finest of Danish exports thankfully weren't satisfied with releasing only one album, 2011's 24-minute New Brigade, and the current impression of next month's sequel You're Nothing is that they may have raised the bar yet again. "Ecstasy" opens the set as one of Iceage's noisiest and most ferocious tracks so far, and of course the devil is in the details. Elias Bender Ronnefelt's lead vocal presence is positively chilling, not unlike that of a certain Ian MacKaye; and working out the song's message can also lead to some interesting conclusions. The ecstasy of pressure, or the pressure of ecstasy? It sounds like it could be either, or both.