NME May 26th 2012
The Underbelly of Copenhagen
Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt sent a group text and one by one, members of Iceage, Sexdrome, Lower and Pagan Youth turn up and fill the room with guttural Danish and thick cigarette smoke..
“We’re all fascinated by electronic music, but we feel alienated from club culture. It’s about how it is difficult to appropriate old European aesthetics, because the right wing have claimed it in some way.. All this fuss, Iceage being called nazis, is so far from what we hear”
“We are trying to take the idea of European culture, to show you can appreciate it without being involved in right-wing politics. So much has been contaminated by history, but electronic music has been about building a new culture, one free from the past. It doesn’t have blood on it. Not yet.”
Changing ourselves. Surely that must be what we’re after when we look at pictures and watch movies and listen to music. It sounds more Californian than it really is. Changing ourselves includes switching on the radio when we’re bored — to change from being someone who’s bored to someone who’s being less bored, or bored in a different way. But of course we would prefer to think that the art we venerate does more than feed us sensations to keep us from the gloom of everyday existence. (Why would I prefer that? What’s wrong with the opposite? I remember someone saying that all human creativity is a desperate attempt to occupy the brief space or endless gap between birth and death.) We would like to think that art remakes us in some way, deepens us, makes us ‘better’ people.
Talking Heads - The Great Curve
Iceage - Burning Hand