#NewMusic Iceage


By Eve

Iceage release Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021, their critically acclaimed new compilation album. Out on Mexican Summer, the album lands alongside the news of a full UK tour which is set to take place in Mar / Apr 2023 (full routing below). Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021 is a collection of non-LP cuts (or “misfit children,” as singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt describes them) from the seven years during which Ice age made Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014), Beyondless (2018), and Seek Shelter (2021).

A study in the powerful song form and raw execution that have defined the Danish rock ‘n’ roll band, this release digs deep into the Iceage vault for unheard and rare tracks that both devotees and the uninitiated alike will relish.To celebrate the release of the new record, Iceage have shared a cover of Nico’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine”. Written and recorded back in 2015, Rønnenfelt explains “this is the earliest recording on “Shake The Feeling”. The songs of Shake The Feeling are presented in the order that makes most sense to the band. As with all of Iceage’s albums, whether it be the sensual daring-do of their dark-hardcore debut You’re Nothing, the shift to cowpunk gothic romanticism on Plowing Into the Field of Love, or the space truckin’ gospel-rock of their most recent albums, Rønnenfelt, Johan Suurballe Wieth, Jakob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen make the impossible seem effortless.

The album proceeds to jump forward and backwards in time, with tracks written in the four years between Plowing Into The Field of Love and Seek Shelter colliding with covers of two 1960s songs (“I’ll Keep It With Mine” by Bob Dylan and Abner Jay’s “My Mule”). Iceage maintain their initial embracement of the no-but-yes life-affirming negativity of punk and hardcore. Maybe Elias considers Shake The Feeling to be more a document of Iceage at different points of the members’ young lives than a “piece of artwork.” Maybe the fact that the songs “seem like they can get along” is enough. Conversely, maybe the songs on Shake the Feeling work together as well as any band of outsiders, huddling alone together in the world’s dark. Maybe none of these tracks were the exact right fit for either the gutter or the stars, but like Iceage, they slosh about in the moon-lit muck like they consider themselves wild and alive, and they can’t shake the feeling that they’re lucky and strange just to be anywhere at all.

Upcoming UK Tour dates:

Fri 24 Mar 2023 – Bristol, Thekla – United Kingdom
Sat 25 Mar 2023 – Brighton, Patterns – United Kingdom
Sun 26 Mar 2023 – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club – United Kingdom
Mon 27 Mar 2023 – Newcastle, The Cluny – United Kingdom
Wed 29 Mar 2023 – Manchester, Yes – Pink Room – United Kingdom
Thu 30 Mar 2023 – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall – United Kingdom
Fri 31 Mar 2023 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds – United Kingdom
Sat 1 Apr 2023 – London, Oval Space – United Kingdom

Photo Credit: Paw Gissel

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