Copenhagen’s Marching Church, the onetime solo project and now bona fide band formed by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (best known as the lead singer of Iceage), will release second album, Telling It Like It Is, on October 28th via Sacred Bones Records. They have also confirmed a series of live dates, including a London show in November.
Telling It Like It Is forgoes much of Marching Church’s past proclivity for wild stylistic swings in favor of thematically unified, complicated, but cohesive song arrangements. Immediately apparent through debut single, “Heart of Life,” which is being shared as a free download today alongside the official video, the result is a more focused Marching Church, but one that hasn’t lost an ounce of swagger.
The band in 2016 is comprised of Rønnenfelt and frequent collaborator and Iceage bandmate Johan S. Weith (electric viola, guitar), Lower’s rhythm section of Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums), Jakob Emil Lamdahl (trumpet) and Hand of Dust’s Bo Høyer Hansen (guitar). Augmenting these sessions are Maaike Van der Linde (flute) and Thora Sveinsdottir (strings) of the Stargaze Orchestra, and the Choir of Young Believers’ Sonja La Bianca (saxophone), all coordinated with overall production by Escho’s Nis Bysted.
“We have here one world united under the sparks of one enormous disco ball hanging over us like the moon. In one fleeting moment in the light of its mirrored surface we see human endurance, in the next we see doom.”
Telling It Like It Is Tracklisting:
1. Let It Come Down
2. Up For Days
3. Heart of Life (Official Video | MP3)
4. Inner City Pigeon
5. Lion’s Den
7. Achilles Heel
Marching Church European live dates:
Nov 11 Leipzig DE, Transcentury Update Festival
Nov 13 Utrecht NL, Le Guess Who Festival
Nov 14 London UK, The Victoria (Tickets)