Iceage announce compilation album ‘Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021’

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Photo credit: Kim Thue

Iceage have announced ‘Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021,’ their new compilation album out September 23rd on Mexican Summer, and have shared its title track. ‘Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021’ is a collection of non-LP cuts (or “misfit children,” as singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt describes them) from the seven years during which Iceage made ‘Plowing Into the Field of Love’ (2014), ‘Beyondless’ (2018), and ‘Seek Shelter’ (2021). A study in the powerful song form and raw execution that have defined the Danish rock ‘n’ roll band, this release digs deep into the Iceage vault for unheard and rare tracks that both devotees and the uninitiated alike will relish.

Shake The Feeling, written and recorded during the ‘Beyondless’ sessions, was left off for being deemed “happy go lucky.” “We thought this one to be a little too ‘nice’ and well behaved at the time,” explains Rønnenfelt. “I didn’t want to learn the song, so I ended up improvising on the final take we did before abandoning it. In hindsight, I find the song to be completely sprawling with an impulsiveness difficult to capture on purposeIt has some of the guitar work I’m personally most proud of.” The video, directed by Alex Cantouris, intercuts behind-the-scenes clips of the band with intimate performance footage from last year’s Pitchfork London. Watch the video for Shake The Feeling via YouTube below.

As with all of Iceage’s albums, whether it be the sensual daring-do of their dark-hardcore debut ‘You’re Nothing,’ the shift to cowpunk gothic romanticism on ‘Plowing Into the Field of Love,’ or the space truckin’ gospel-rock of their most recent albums, Rønnenfelt, Johan Suurballe Wieth, Jakob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen make the impossible seem effortless. True to Iceage’s confounding instincts, the songs of ‘Shake The Feeling’ are presented in the order that makes most sense to them. The album proceeds to jump forward and backwards in time, with tracks written in the four years between ‘Plowing Into The Field of Love’ and ‘Seek Shelter’ colliding with covers of two 1960s songs (“I’ll Keep It With Mine” by Bob Dylan and Abner Jay’s “My Mule”).

As to whether ‘Shake The Feeling’ has a dominant theme, Elias says: “not really, and then somehow yes.” “No, but also yes” is as perfect an encapsulation of an Iceage-ian ethos as there could ever be. More than just about any other band from Europe working within American rock ‘n’ roll traditions, Iceage maintain their initial embracement of the no-but-yes life-affirming negativity of punk and hardcore. Maybe Elias considers ‘Shake The Feeling’ to be more a document of Iceage at different points of the members’ young lives than a “piece of artwork.” Maybe the fact that the songs “seem like they can get along” is enough. Conversely, maybe the songs on ‘Shake the Feeling’ work together as well as any band of outsiders, huddling alone together in the world’s dark. Maybe none of these tracks were the exact right fit for either the gutter or the stars, but like Iceage, they slosh about in the moon-lit muck like they consider themselves wild and alive, and they can’t shake the feeling that they’re lucky and strange just to be anywhere at all. Listen to All The Junk On The Outskirts.

Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021 cover artwork

Shake The Feeling: Outtakes & Rarities 2015-2021’ track list
1. All The Junk On The Outskirts
2. Shake The Feeling
3. Sociopath Boogie
4. My Mule
5. I’ll Keep It With Mine
6. Balm of Gilead
7. Broken Hours
8. I’m Ready To Make A Baby
9. Namouche
10. Order Meets Demand
11. Lockdown Blues
12. Shelter Song (Acoustic)

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Iceage tour dates
Fri. Sep. 9 – Siena, IT @ Live Rock Festival
Wed. Sep. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn Monarch *
Thu. Sep. 22 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall *
Fri. Sep. 23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
Sat. Sep. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall *
Sun. Sep. 25 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner *
Mon. Sep. 26 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
Wed. Sep. 28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
Thu. Sep. 29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Fri. Sep. 30 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Sat. Oct. 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
Mon. Oct. 3 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *
Tue. Oct. 4 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre *
Wed. Oct. 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
Thu. Oct. 6 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
Fri. Oct. 7 – Mesa, AZ @ The Underground *
Sat. Oct. 8 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room ^
Sun. Oct. 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *
Mon. Oct. 10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium *
Tue. Oct. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
Thu. Oct. 13 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *
Fri. Oct. 14 – Tacoma, WA @ Alma Mater *
Sat. Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Substation *

* = co-headline dates with Earth
^ = with Object of Affection & Smirk

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