MARCHING CHURCH share new single ‘Lion’s Den’- Album ‘Telling It Like It Is’ out Oct 28th on Sacred Bones. London show on Nov 14th

September 14, 2016
 Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton



“[Heart of Life is] a swagger-filled hit… Their most powerful work to date.”Gigwise
“Each member of Marching Church tells his own story, from the saxophonist facing the back wall á la Jim Morrison, to the bassist in a sheer, bedazzled blazer, who shares a microphone with the guitarist, their lips all but locking. Rønnenfelt, however, is the undisputed center of attention, if only because of how he provokes a certain fight or flight response from his audience.” The Creators Project
“‘Heart Of Life’ is one of the most straightforwardly melodious songs Bender Rønnenfelt has ever released, but for all its brightness there are still shadows lurking around the perimeter.” Stereogum

Copenhagen’s Marching Church, the onetime solo project and now bona fide band formed by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (best known as the lead singer of Iceage), recently confirmed details of their second album, Telling It Like It Is, set for release on October 28th via Sacred Bones Records.

Following the release of debut single, “Heart of Life” last month the band now share “Lion’s Den.” Impeccably produced, “Lion’s Den” showcases the players’ inherent chemistry as well as each individual’s musical dexterities. And Bender Rønnenfelt confidently presents his vocal range like never before. Together, these songs further proveTelling It Like It Is is Marching Church at their most focused and committed — thematically unified and cohesive song arrangements, and a great deal of swagger.

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 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.

Marching Church European live dates:
Nov 12 Leipzig DE, Transcentury Update Festival
Nov 13 Utrecht NL, Le Guess Who Festival
Nov 14 London UK, The Victoria (Tickets)
Nov 15 Brighton, UK, The Green Door Store

Nov 16 Paris FR, Espace B
Nov 17 Gent BE, Trefpunt
Nov 18 Berlin DE, Urban Spree

Telling It Like It Is track list:
1. Let It Come Down
2. Up For Days
3. Heart of Life (Official Video | MP3)
4. Inner City Pigeon
5. Lion’s Den (Stream)
6. 2016
7. Achilles Heel
8. Information
9. Calenture

Pre-order Telling It Like It Is:

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Sacred Bones web site

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