Marching Church

Telling It Like It Is (Sacred Bones)

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Copenhagen’s Marching Church, the onetime solo project and now bona fide big band formed by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (best known as the lead singer of Iceage), will release sophomore album, Telling It Like It Is, on October 28th via Sacred Bones Records. 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 via Soundcloud 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.” The light and shade Rønnenfelt finds in this worldview permeate the songs on Telling It Like It Is, an album that taps into a debauched lunacy that teeters on the verge of exhaustion and a charged sensuality. That never-ending push-pull is eloquently stated in “Heart of Life,” where Rønnenfelt sings, “my delusions vaguely resemble paradise.”

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Tour

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    Jan 13, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    The Sunset

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    Jan 14, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Mississippi Studios

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    Jan 16, 2017
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Arlene Francis Center

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    Jan 17, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Rickshaw Stop

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    Jan 19, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    Echo

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    Jan 20, 2017
    San Diego, CA
    Hideout

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    Jan 21, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ
    Rebel Lounge

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    Jan 22, 2017
    Albuquerque, NM
    Sister

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    Jan 24, 2017
    Austin, TX
    The Mohawk

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    Jan 25, 2017
    San Antonio, TX
    The Monterey

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    Jan 26, 2017
    McAllen, TX
    Yerberia Cultura

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    Jan 27, 2017
    Houston, TX
    White Oak Music Hall

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    Jan 28, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
    The Earl

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    Jan 30, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    Third Man

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    Jan 31, 2017
    Asheville, NC
    The Mothlight

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    Feb 01, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    King's

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    Feb 02, 2017
    Baltimore, MD
    Metro

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    Feb 03, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Boot and Saddle

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    Feb 04, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Sunnyvale