Danish four-piece Iceage delivered an intense set of pure, unbridled punk rock to a hungry crowd Monday night at San Diego's Casbah. On the road in support of the band's third album, "Plowing Into the Field of Love," (available now via Matador Records) the band owned San Diego's home for punk last night, leaving fans spent and wanting more.
Fronted by the charismatic Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, the band tore through their seemingly brief set, never once allowing the moshing crowds time to catch their breath. Stalking the stage and antagonizing his fans, Rønnenfelt was a conduit for the audiences' rage, charging at them as they spilled onto the stage, knocking over monitors and clawing at Rønnenfelt.
"Good fucking stuff," a passerby remarked midway through Iceage's time on stage; I couldn't help but nod my head in agreement. Despite the relative youth of the members in the band, Iceage creates punk that feels authentic and genuine. I'd be hard pressed to recall any lyrics but that's not the point. Great punk, great music, is all about emotion and eliciting a response from your audience. Iceage gets that and won me over with their display of passion and raw energy.
Iceage is currently wrapping up a round of dates in the States with dates this week in Phoenix, Albuquerque and Austin and future shows planned throughout Europe throughout the end of the year. For more info, be sure to like Iceage on Facebook and visit the band's official website for more info.