I have a new obsession. It’s a band. It’s a very good fucking band. You may have been turned off by the dreary debut. But, if you were paying attention, you heard some signs that this band was more than just a jumble of confused goth/pumk/Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds devotees.shit. There were a couple songs that were undeniably great…
I wondered if the next album would follow the path of dirges and goth brooding, or focus on really good tunes , like the ones I’ve linked to. Turns out, they decided to make an entire album of songs that appeal to our demented vision of pop perfection. This aint no Lady Gaga. This ain’t no Greenday. This is something entirely different. Some weird mix of Iggy , Ian Curtis, Nick Cave, Peter Murphy (bauhaus) and the king of twisted pop perfection, David Bowie. Goth, soul, punk, drunken chaos, and dark beauty….as well as some genuine horror (particularly “Your Father’s Eyes, from the debut)….It’s all here. And it’s fucking magnificent.
Check out Achilles Heel , a song I’ve replayed a dozen times today. Something about it. . These guys aren’t the Ramones.It sounds like chaos. But, there’s some really great musicianship coming out of these young people, who didn’t know how to play when they started. They’re like some weird free jazz goth amalgamation of everything Beyoncé fans probably hate about us weirdo rock and rollers. If you want to hear a perfect pop song that sounds like no other pop song out there, try this one
This new record is far more accessible .(the debut was, to put it lightly, “challenging:) It may be my album of the year. I was lucky enough to get one of 200 vinyl special edition copies, sealed in wax and numbered. Pretty cool.
Check out their latest weird, funky(?) video , Lion’s Den and , if that doesn’t hook ya, get the fuck outta here.
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Artist Biography by Heather Phares
Inspired by artists as diverse and commanding as James Brown, David Bowie, and David Maranha, Marching Church is the brainchild of Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. He started the project in 2010 but began working on it in earnest in late 2013, a few months before a scheduled show with Pharmakon. Rønnenfelt recruited collaborators including Lower’s Kristian Emdal and Anton Rothstein, Hand of Dust’s Bo Høyer Hansen, Puce Mary’s Frederikke Hoffmeier and Choir of Young Believers’ Sonja La Bianca, all of whom helped him flesh out his ideas via freewheeling improvisation. The results were 2015’s debut album, This World Is Not Enough, which was released via Posh Isolation and Sacred Bones. The chemistry Rønnenfelt had with these players was so strong that Marching Church became a full-fledged band, with Emdal, Rothstein, and Hansen joined the permanent lineup along with Iceage’s Johan S. Weith and trumpet player Jakob Emil Lamdahl. Puce Mary, CTM and Nils Gröndahl joined the group for 2016’s Coming Down: Sessions in April, a 21-minute free jazz excursion taken from a two-hour improv session. That October, the band’s slightly more unified second album Telling It Like It Is appeared and featured contributions from La Bianca as well as members of the Stargaze Orchestra.