Iceage, Violent End, Final Grin | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., April 10, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Last year Danish punk band Iceage began selling—alongside the usual band T-shirts—folding knives with an engraving on the handle of the same overlapping Scandinavian runes the group uses as its logo. It would be hard to invent an artifact that better sums up the band’s appeal: bare, clean-lined aggression combined with just a hint of cryptic mystery. The former quality is plainly evident in Iceage’s combative guitar-and-drums assault, which traces its lineage directly back to the very earliest days of hardcore, when the sound was intense enough to scare the punk rockers who’d set the stage for it. The mystery is how the band manages to make such an old template, already replicated far past the point of irrelevance, seem somehow dangerously new. Their recent second album, You’re Nothing (Matador), offers a few more aesthetic flourishes and subtleties in production than their 2011 debut, New Brigade (there’s even actual piano on one song), but judging by a set I caught a few months back, onstage they’re still intensely focused on playing the fastest, loudest, most intimidating punk they can. —Miles Raymer Violent End and Final Grin open.

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