Song of the Week: Iceage – “Vendetta”

A woozy, taut thriller of a song.

Copenhagen post-punkers Iceage have always endued their songs with a cutting sensibility and underlying fury at the state of the world. Those two cornerstones remain on “Vendette,” but have been joined with a sharp, staggering groove. With distorted chords ringing out over a swaggering drumbeat, it sounds a bit like Nick Cave singing in a disco from hell. And with lyrics about the pervasiveness of immorality, it’s an ideal, sordid setting to dance through your disgust.

As singer and guitarist Elias Bender Rønnenfelt said about the song, “​Crime is the undercurrent that runs through everything. In its invincible politics, it is the glue that binds it all together. ‘Vendetta’ is an impartial dance along the illicit lines of infraction​.”

“Vendetta” will appear on Iceage’s new album, Seek Shelter, out on May 7 via Mexican Summer.