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Formerly the solo project of Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Marching Church has since blossomed into a full band, found a home on Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones record label, and cultivated a following all its own. The sounds are darkly romantic and rife with an angst that can be traced back the post-punk caterwaul of Joy Division and The Birthday Party. This will be the first live document of Marching Church’s full-audience command of attention.
Kicking off with a track from 2016’s critically-acclaimed Telling It Like It Is, “Inner City Pigeon” begins quietly with rolling toms and desperate, breathy gasps escalating and by the end, bending further to the point of breaking. The B-side “Calenture” is dim and sparse with thin ambient guitar strums laying down an ambient soundscape. Then, what seems like suddenly, it morphs into something of a downtempo dark country ballad, in the echoes of Ronnefelt’s heartfelt words and on-stage inner conflict.