Earlier this month Danish heroes Iceage returned with “The Holding Hand” and the news that they’d signed to Mexican Summer. Today they reveal plans for their fifth album: it’s called Seek Shelter, was produced with Sonic Boom, and comes out on May 7. They’ve also shared a new song called “Vendetta”, with Elias Bender Rønnenfelt saying:
“Crime is the undercurrent that runs through everything. If you don’t see it, you’re not looking. In its invincible politics, it is the glue that binds it all together. ‘Vendetta’ is an impartial dance along the illicit lines of infraction.”
While “The Holding Hand” was a slight change of pace from the usual Iceage, “Vendetta” incorporates entirely new elements, most evidently the luminous electronic beat that underpins it all. Groovy maracas, vaporous synths and the guitars’ blues-like groove gives the song its swagger, and Rønnenfelt struts through the scene, seemingly taking up the role of some kind of crime lord as he orders “Call those shots upon those pricks / We’re fixing to skin ’em,” and later warning “This ain’t no place for a sightseer.” His menace increases in tandem with the band’s dense instrumentation, elevating his power into the chorus where he announces “Vendetta / I’m gonna getcha.” It’s another characterful turn from the band, and once again they embody it with thrilling results, especially as “Vendetta” reaches its scuzzily regal, horn-injected finale.
The video for “Vendetta” was directed by Jonas Bang and features actor Zlatko Burić in the role of crime lord. Watch it below.
Iceage’s new album Seek Shelter arrives on May 7 via Mexican Summer. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.