Seek Shelter


Throughout their career, Copenhagen’s Iceage have dealt in varying degrees of loud, shouty and intense. Following the theatrical howl into the abyss of 2018’s Beyondless, however, they introduced a new ingredient into their raucous, punk-inspired smørrebrød: joy. Producer Pete Kember brings some of the narcotic, gospel transcendence of his old band Spacemen 3 to the table (see the inclusion of May The Circle Be Unbroken in the pedal-to-the-metal thrills of High & Hurt), while much of Seek Shelter finds the band serving up the sort of potent Stooges/Stones/MC5 cocktail Primal Scream have spent most of their career trying to bottle. Elsewhere, there’s echoes of The Fall in Vendetta’s demented lurch and — by Iceage’s standards at least — the punch-drunk Drink Rain could even be considered a ballad. Much like its predecessor, Seek Shelter provides a rabidly enjoyable, visceral thrill.

Chris Catchpole