Even though they risk alienating every single soul who picked up a copy of New Brigade, Iceage keeps – track after track after track – challenging ideas of what they’re about with unflinching determination. It’s remarkable to hear this still very young band changing by leaps with each new album; and I believe both “How Many” and “Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled” perfectly illustrates why ‘gifted musicians’ wins over “abrasive punksters” when trying to chronicle Iceage in 2014. Especially “How Many” shows the bands two conflicting sides battling out underneath Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s claustrophobic lyrics; “Trapped inside a body that doesn’t act on thought”. This is a very suitable new costume for a band I’ve always felt way too cramped by the ‘punk’ label.
Plowing Into the Fields of Love is out October 7 in the U.S. and October 6 worldwide via Matador.