Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt was always made to be a swaggering frontman. From the band’s intense, fiercely punk first steps with debut album ’New Brigade’, through its follow-up ‘You’re Nothing’ and supremely exciting third effort ‘Plowing Through The Field Of Love’, he started to change from a howling ball of rage to something more akin to a Morrissey or a Pete Doherty, fronting a band increasingly more suitable for swaying, drunken singalongs than moshpits and fist-pumping.
This continues marvellously on ‘Pain Killer’, the first single proper from the band’s fourth album ‘Beyondless’. Opening with a glorious parade of horns, the track is a rush of booze-addled endorphins.
If the track wasn’t intoxicating enough, Rønnenfelt is backed up in his every move by backing vocals from Sky Ferreira, who circles around his words like a ghost, as if the two egging each other on.
‘Pain Killer’ sees Iceage as their most supremely confident: every move made and turn taken on the track is one done with bundles of belief, and it makes it feel like somewhat of an anthem.