On Sunday night (9th), Danish punk band Iceage played at Manchester’s Gorilla as part of their UK tour.
Fellow Copenhagen natives Josiah Konder were supporting and took to the stage just after 8 o’clock when the Whitworth Street venue was filling up nicely. They played an eclectic and eccentric set that saw the frontman quickly switch between punky screams and almost soothing melodies. It was a captivating set and was well received by the crowd.
Josiah Konder released their debut album ‘Songs for the Stunned‘ in June. You can listen to it here:
The main Danes of the evening were up at about 9 o’clock. Kicking things off with ‘Hurrah‘ – the animalistic opener to their recent LP ‘Beyondless‘ – Iceage wasted no time picking up the pace. They immediately followed with another track from the album ‘Pain Killer‘, which was a collaboration with LA singer Sky Ferreira. The song is built around an epic brass riff so the four-piece were joined on stage by a saxophone player, as well as a violinist.
After the initial whirlwind of excitement, the momentum dropped a bit and didn’t return until the crowd came back to life when the band played 2014 single ‘The Lord’s Favourite‘. It certainly seemed to be a favourite as they were whipped into a frenzy by the opening chords. Throughout the song, a huddle of fans crammed against the barrier screamed the lyrics back at frontman Elias Bender Ronnenfelt.
The majority of the set list was made up of tracks from Beyondless, while a couple came from their 2013 debut ‘You’re Nothing‘ and 2014’s ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love‘. They also squeezed in a couple of surprises in the shape of new songs.
Under the Sun
Plead the Fifth
The Lord’s Favourite
Thieves Like Us
The Day the Music Dies
Take It All