Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
Record label: Sacred Bones
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
“To be a poet in a destitute time means: to attend, singing, to the trace of the fugitive gods. This is why the poet in the time of the world’s night utters the holy.”– Martin Heidegger, “What Are Poets For?” “The Jews, with their marked talent for calculation, have been ‘living’ for the longest time by the principle of race, which is why they are resisting its consistent application with utmost violence. The establishment of racial breeding does not stem from ‘life’ itself, but from the overpowering of life through machination.
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt is an undeniably big personality, but he's also revealed himself to be a surprisingly versatile one. With Iceage alone, he's traversed glowering punk and twangier, acoustic territory; with Vår, he excavated and resuscitated industrial's grimiest roots. On Marching Church's debut album, This World Is Not Enough, he goes all in on a perfectly imperfect interpretation of soul -- one of the biggest musical risks he's taken.
Describing the motivation for his project Marching Church, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt wrote, "I had a picture in my head of me in a comfortable chair, adorned in a golden robe, leading a band while a girl kept pouring me champagne. ‘What would this picture sound like?’ was the question. " Judging from that image, you wouldn't be faulted for assuming the band's debut, This World Is Not Enough, may end up being the unintentional comedy album of the year, but looking at Rønnenfelt’s track record, it's worth indulging him for a quick minute.
It's often difficult to pinpoint how exactly self-awareness is communicated through music, but when it's there, it's tangible. For Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, it's the factor that allows him to negotiate some pretty dicey territory; a pursuit that marked genre-bending standout tracks from Plowing Into The Field Of Love; his last record with Iceage that boldly traversed cowpunk and brass and piano backed balladeering. This World Is Not Enough - his new full length record as Marching Church - ventures even further into musical no man's land and still somehow gets away with it.