Marching Church: “Heart Of Life”

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Marching Church: “Heart Of Life”

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

Photo by Takayuki Okada

Over the past few years, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has led an insurgency out of Copenhagen, Denmark. His critically-acclaimed band Iceage has released three albums in as many years, and for some, they’re the saviors of punk; for others, they’re exploding the very definition of the genre.

Amidst this hyper-scrutiny, Rønnenfelt stepped aside last year and returned to his onetime solo moniker Marching Church. Now a full band, the group released an album that spelled out its intentions in big letters: Telling It Like It Is. Marching Church lives up to that title not with sloganeering–as a singer, Rønnenfelt swallows his words with a Nick Cave/Iggy Pop snarl–but with tense, livewire energy. Fittingly, “Heart Of Life” swipes the bouncy “Lust For Life” beat but builds a ghostly cathedral on top of it, full of silence more than fireworks. The tension comes about from two opposite-but-equal musical actions: subtlety and heart-on-sleeve bloodletting.

“Heart Of Life” appears on Telling It Like It Is, out now. Marching Church plays the Mohawk on Tuesday, January 24.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX