“There’s basically nothing you can find on this record that you wouldn’t find on a Motown record” Elias Rønnenfelt tells me. We’re talking about his band Iceage and their new album Beyondless, a propulsive collection of tracks that sees the group embracing their inner groove openly for the first time in their near-decade-long career as a group.
It’s around 11 AM in New York where Rønnenfelt is sitting in the Matador Records office on the phone for the first of what promises to be a day of interviews for the once press-shy singer. Hailing from Copenhagen, over the seven years since they released their debut album New Brigade, Iceage have become a band steeped in mythology and mystery. From their queasy, lurching take on post-punk to Rønnenfelt’s penchant for literary references and gothic imagery, Iceage have always been a band that have been hard to get a handle on.
Beyondless is the group’s latest evolution and one that sees them embrace new dimensions to their sound. At its core is the same sharp-dressed Danish punks, Rønnenfelt alongside childhood friends Dan Kjær Nielsen, Johan Suurballe Wieth, and Jakob Tvilling Pless, that made the last three Iceage records but around the edges are a host of collaborators that expand its seams, bringing in blaring horns and orchestral touches that take Beyondless far beyond the punk world Iceage are often shoehorned into. Ahead of its release tomorrow, we spoke to Elias about embracing his groove, locking himself in a tower and the evolution of Iceage.