PHOTOGRAPHY Lindsay Arth
WORDS Julian de la Celle
As Coachella Weekend #1 had just come to a close, the least rock ‘n’ roll line-up thus far since the festival’s inception, Monday night decided to give us an intimate jolt of the power we so craved. Scandinavian punkers Iceage took the stage around 9:00PM at West Hollywood’s infamous The Roxy Theatre, which has a never-ending history of being at the epicenter of rock music, namely being the spot for The Ramones’ first ever Californian show. The band ripped through a roughly hour-long setlist with favorites being “Hurrah", “Painkiller,” and “Catch It” with frontman Elias Ronnenfelt in great form, even continuing singing without interruption after slipping on stage. The band sounds tight, effortless, they’re ready to be truly recognized. On the sidelines Sky Ferreira (the two have been dating for some time and she contributes her voice to “Painkiller”) watched on in support.
Closer to 10:30PM, one of South London’s finest, Shame, turn the venue into a blistering mess of moshing teens and crowd surfers, much to the delight of the 21 and 22 year old band members. They thrive off of energy and intimate connection. “Come closer, Los Angeles. I know, you’re beautiful, with your tanned skin and your cheek bones. Don’t be shy, this is entertainment!” Shame’s frontman Charlie Steen gives us hope for the future of electrifying performances. He knows how to command an audience, but better yet, his voice. He can switch from hard punk snarling screams to a more soft melodic approach with the change of a chord. “This is our first show in a long time,” says Steen. “Well, we played Coachella, but that doesn’t count.” The band’s bass player, Josh Finerty, is a wild man, ejecting himself from stage left to stage right without losing a beat. The band also performed a few new tracks that have yet to be released. We’re very much looking forward to the band’s progression this year as a new album is said to be in the works already.