Iceage / Helm / Father Murphy
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
With ICEAGE's third album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, the Copenhagan punk four-piece pushed the bands singular, throw-back hardcore to further extremes while moving away from their short, aggressive structure. In Pitchfork's Best New Music review, the taste-making website hailed the band for making "a radical shift away from their hack-and-slash past and towards what is, for them, unexplored territory—morose piano balladeering, sprightly country-rock figures, distinctly Irish-sounding drinking anthems." Unusual terrain, for sure, but ICEAGE's reputation for explosive live shows remains and they return to our stage for the first time in over a year and a half. This time around they'll be slinging their third album, out last week via Matador, and bringing their menacing and forceful energy to an even wider - and probably more rabid - audience. Juno Plus describes HELM, saying, "to many, Helm's work seems to operate somewhere in the depths, or perhaps the edges, of the psyche. As well as being frequently described as a London psychogeography, 2012’s PAN LP Impossible Symmetry was often considered perturbing, foreboding, shot through with a crackling darkness. But these are descriptions that Younger doesn’t recognise. 'I suppose subconsciously I’ve been aware of the fact that people perceive it as a dark project, or a project that’s something that can be put in that world,' he says. 'But I’ve never really felt like it’s been a particularly dark project. I’ve never really used dark imagery.'” FATHER MURPHY is the sound of the Catholic sense of Guilt, a downward spiral aiming at the bottom of the hollow, and then digging even deeper. After having furiously performed all over Europe, toured North America with DEERHOOF, DIRTY BEACHES, and XIU XIU, been praised by the Archdruid Julian Cope, among lots of others, Father Murphy has become one of the most mysterious and enigmatic musical entities coming out of Italy, part of that community that Simon Reynolds started to call the new “Italian Occult psychedelia."