Iceage – “Under The Sun” Video

I love the idea of a renowned flower sculptor handpicking Iceage, as if carefully choosing the right blossom, to collaborate with for a botanical music installation series. That’s what happened when Makoto Azuma (the mastermind behind Rihanna’s floral headpiece on her September cover of British Vogue) recently designed an ornate flora-filled set entitled “Crazy Garden x Iceage” for the Danish band’s live show in Tokyo as part of their Opening Nights residencies.

The tour was in support of the post-punk quartet’s recent Beyondless, an album that was so sublime and singular it earned Album Of The Week honors and high placement on our mid-year list among praise from virtually every punk-adjacent circle. It seems only fitting that a “scorched-earth rock album” would be performed on a lush bed of flowers — to say nothing of a band called Iceage rocking amidst lush natural beauty in full bloom.

If you didn’t get the chance to catch Iceage on that last tour, do not fret. Today they’re releasing the live performance of “Under The Sun” from the exhibition. In it, frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt wields a bouquet like an axe as he stands — or rather sways — in the center of a highly saturated field of cobalt blue, magenta, bright yellows, and light greens. Every now and then Rønnenfelt grabs a fistful of plants and hurls it into the crowd, reeling from side to side as he bellows the song’s mantra, “Push it up! Push it up!” Everything about the video embodies the album in all of its untethered, beautiful brutality. Watch below, and check out the dates for their upcoming tour.

TOUR DATES:
08/17 – Thy, DK @ Alive Festival
08/18 – Detroit, MI @ Motor City Muscle
08/30 – Gdansk, PL @ Sounddrive Festival
08/31 – Hamburg, DE @ Off The Radar Fesival
09/02 – Tollard Royal, UK @ End of the Road Festival 
09/03 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare And Hounds *
09/04 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club *
09/06 – Glasgow, UK @ The Great Eastern *
09/07 – Dublin, IE @ Workmans Club *
09/08 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb iFor Bach *
09/09 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla *
09/10 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt *
09/11 – Rotterdamn, NL @ Rotown *
09/12 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell *
09/13 – Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof *
09/14 – Leffinge, BE @ Leffingeleuren Festival
09/20 – Århus, DK @ Tape ≠
09/21 – Ålborg, DK @ Studenterhuset ≠
09/22 – Århus, DK @ Tape ≠
09/24 – Helsinki, FI @ Tavasia
09/25 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee ≠
09/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser ≠
09/27 – Göteborg, SE @ Pustervik
09/28 – Odense, DK @ Kansas City ≠
09/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Journey Festival
10/26 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
10/27 – Lisbon, PT @ Jameson Urban Routes Festival
10/28 – Sevilla, ES @ Sala X
10/29 – Madrid, ES @ El Sol
10/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Le [2]
11/01 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic
11/02 – Torino, IT @ Club To Club Festival
11/03 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
11/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre # ^
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox # ^
11/07 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom # ^
11/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall # ^ 
11/10 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House # ^
11/11 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport # ^
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater # ^ 
11/13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues # ^
11/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom # ^
11/16 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater # ^
11/17 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk # ^
11/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs # ^
11/19 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks # ^
11/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn # ^
11/22 – Mexico City, CDMX @ Sala
11/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl # ^
11/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl # ^
11/25 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 
11/27 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere
12/05 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
12/07 – London, UK @ Hackney Arts Centre ∞

≠ = Shiny Darkly
* = Josiah Konder
# = with Black Lips
^ = with Surfbort
∞ = with Astrid Sonne and Helm

Beyondless is out now on Matador.