Emma Ruth Rundle @ Arena [Gallery]

Like last autumn, Emma Ruth Rundle has embarked on a European tour with her full band, and this was to be her last in support of her most recent album On Dark Horses before heading to the studio. Unlike last fall though, she didn’t make a stop in Copenhagen, but no matter here’s a special edition gallery from her show in Vienna at Arena:

She ends this tour tomorrow in Karlsruhe, Germany and will be opening for Cult of Luna along with Intronaut on a run of dates in February and March in North America. Here’s to hoping she’ll be back on the continent next year in support of the new album.

Deafheaven, Touche Amore, Portrayal of Guilt @ Vega [Gallery]

Deafheaven once again paid a visit to Copenhagen in late September, this time as part of a co-headlining tour with Touche Amore. New songs “Black Brick” and “Deflector,” respectively highlighted both bands’ energetic sets. Here’s what it looked like:

The tour will conclude in Porto on 13 October. Deafheaven will continue on to Asia for an eight-show run in November, while Touche Amore will embark on a month-long  tour of the US with La Dispute in November and December. Special thanks to Deafheaven’s PR team for the chance to photograph the show.

The gallery from Deafheaven’s show in Copenhagen last year can be found here.

Iceage, Warmduscher, Helm, Astrid Sonne @ EartH

Back in December I headed over to London to catch Iceage’s last show of 2018, which also included a spate of talented opening acts. Here’s what it looked like:

I also had the chance to hold a short conversation with Iceage’s scenographers Dicki Lakha and Christian Friedlander after the show:

Tell me about the backdrop.

DL: It’s a reference to the album cover. I tried to make an effect almost like a mirror with the shiny silver background, and then it’s fluid latex on top that is colored with liquid colors

Why fluid latex?

DL: I was working with fluid latex on another project and I was really in love with the material. It’s like skin. From afar it’s not that evident, but it has this nice effect of something more organic and tactile and layered rather than printed. I felt personally that fluid latex has this human body-like quality. This was also kind of a test because we didn’t know exactly what the venue was like and we had to fit everything in our luggage.

CF: The band had a lot of trust to say, “you do whatever, we trust you.” The curtains are old curtains from the royal theater in Copenhagen, so they’re actually from the 50’s and 60’s and we used them for something totally different. I originally did textile design before doing stage design so it’s an old love to work with textiles. It seems that working with textiles can give a contrast to this kind of music. The band is very theatrical. They’re not afraid of theater, they know theater, all their parents come from theater – they’re actors and such – so it’s probably the most theatrically-aware band that I know. They’re quite open to this and they know what we do, and it’s nice to have a project that’s ongoing, because we’ve been doing a lot of experimentation with stuff that is specifically made for them. I think the next show in Copenhagen will be more like this. But it’s incredible that this curtain with the logo, it’s made from material that’s 50, 60 years old and it’s lasted 140 concerts.

That is pretty impressive.

CF: It’s pretty impressive. They had plenty more stuff that they lost along the tour. But it’s the perfect band to work with.


Iceage are playing their hometown Copenhagen once again on 1 March at Vega.