Yesterday I tweeted “As far as young punks go, Iceage is more my speed. #swag” (How punk of me.) The added hashtag was obviously meant to extend the sentence: “As far as young punks go, Iceage is more my speed than Odd Future.” That’s not shit talking. Just being honest. As a teenager, I cut my teeth on Minor Threat, Black Flag, and Bad Brains, then Heroin, Moss Icon, Born Against, and Clikatat Ikatowi, then a bunch of increasingly crusty, chaotic stuff. Iceage bring me back to those days, but push things forward with their own take on things. The Copenhagen quartet have been getting a bit of attention overseas in part because of their ages — they formed the band when they were all about 17, are currently 18 to 19. What’s more impressive, though, is the dark, manic, explosive, and always somehow poppy, well-wrought no-wave-infused post-anarcho-punk they create. (OK, it is also impressive that four dudes Miley Cyrus’s age have such a grasp on these noisy, addictive melodies and obviously know the atmosphere of the history.) Their propulsive 12-song, 25-minute debut LP New Brigade surfaces after 2009’s debut Escho 7″. It’s one of my favorites of 2011, maybe one of the best albums of its sort in recent memory (as well as a nice kick in the ass when too many kids are busy with business plans and afraid to throw caution into a blender). Take a listen to standout “Collapse” and the first single, “New Brigade.” Then feel hopeful.
New Brigade is out now overseas via Escho and Tambourhinoceros and in the US 3/17 via Dais (in an edition of 500 numbered copies). The Dais LP version comes with two bonus tracks, exclusive to the release. You can pre-order it now. Keep up on the band’s bloody live shows at their blog.