I’m not sure what’s been going on with the great brooding Danish punk band Iceage over the last four years, but it’s so good to have them back.
On Monday, February 12, the Copenhagen quartet released “Catch It,” their first new song since their third LP, 2014's Plowing Into the Field of Love. That album was a total reinvention for the band, a countrified twist on their blistering post-punk formula. “Catch It” feels like a continuation of that change, at least in spirit—it’s more restrained than the hardcore roots of Iceage’s early albums.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the band, now is as good a time as any to dive in—beyond its name, “Catch It” is the perfect song for this record-breaking flu/Valentine’s season. Listen below.
“Catch It” crawls along like a grim, foreboding dirge; a song that exudes (love)sickness—how all the most alluring, poisonous things can seize your body without giving you any choice in the matter. Frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s lyrical performance comes from a more generous place than something infectious, but his delivery is just as malignant—“You want it, you want it, you want it again/ Why don’t you come and ask me, I adore you my friend.” He warns the listener that it’s best to proceed with caution, whether the journey is through heartbreak or illness. Right near the three-and-a-half minute mark, the pace of the song quickens, and guitars rev up into their past, punk bombast. It only lasts for a moment—this new Iceage era is about moderation, even when performing songs about a lack of control.
It’s worth mentioning, too, that Iceage is now only one degree of separation from everyone’s favorite visionary weirdo director David Lynch, and it’s starting to show—the “Catch It” video brings some enigmatic imagery of faces colliding, hypnotic lighting, and the presence of Twin Peaks actor David Dastmalchian at the very end. Throw pop star Sky Ferreira into the mix, who also appeared in Twin Peaks, before collaborating and hanging out with Rønnenfelt, and it all might point to a mysterious new direction for the band.
In other words: I’m happy they’re in that universe, and our universe. And I’m happy we’re getting every indication of a new Iceage album. Thank god the Danish punks are back.