Iceage (Photo: Isabel Asha Penzlien)
Photo by Isabel Asha Penzlien

Fresh off the release of their third album, Copenhagen’s Iceage will return to Elbo Room this Halloween night for a rare, up close and personal San Francisco performance. Plowing Into the Field of Love was released on Matador earlier this month, and finds the band inching beyond the bleak, post-hardcore attitude of their previous releases. As the new album brings mandolin, organ, piano and viola into the mix, it will be interesting to see if Iceage will incorporate any of these new instruments into their live set.

Just because the Iceage boys have grown as musicians doesn’t mean they’ve gone soft. Expect to witness a startling degree of intensity between Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s up front vocals (floppy hat notwithstanding) and Johan Suurballe-Wieth’s guitar shredding, not to mention Jacob Tvilling Pless’ and Dan Kjær Nielsen’s tight rhythm section. For a taste of what’s to come, check out the video for the new album cut “Forever” below. Just don’t expect these guys to smile and shake your hand after the show.

Iceage, Helm
Elbo Room
October 31, 2014