If the Ramones had grown up under the influence of hardcore — and also if they’d all had impenetrable Danish accents — the result would have sounded a lot like Iceage. In a year that saw plenty of acclaimed artists mining the sounds of soft rock, New Brigade was a refreshing anomaly: an abrasive, out-of-nowhere debut from four Danish teens that convincingly resurrected the spirit of ’77. “Remember” sounds like a Wire song riddled with bullet holes, the lightning riffs on “Collapse”‘ teem with manic energy, and “Broken Bone” shrugs off all the carnage with classic punk apathy (“It was just a broken bone”). Twenty-five minutes of raw, pummeling power, New Brigade was perhaps 2011′s most succinct, and convincing, argument that punk’s not dead.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.22.14 in Galleries
Wondering Sound's staff picks the year's best albums.
By Zach Kelly on 10.07.14 in Reviews
Reinvention can be messy. Ask Danish hardcore punks Iceage, who over the course of two albums have established themselves as one of the most ferocious and galvanizing voices in their respective orbit. On 2013's You're No...
By Marc Hogan on 09.04.14 in News
"If I could dive into the other, I'd lose myself forever," howls Elias Bender Rønnenfelt on newly shared Iceage track "Forever." His ferocious band of punk-ish Danes hasn't lost itself, not yet, but it has dipped a toe b...
By Maria Sherman on 08.11.14 in Features
Despite the appearance of "novelty," some of the year's best releases have taken advantage of the cassette format. Here are 20 of the best.