New Brigade is Iceage’s debut album , 26 minutes of anthemic stress, of tension undiluted by worldly wisdom or amassed experience, (its members are teenagers, presently ranging from 16 through 18 years of age. New Brigade displays a confidence that substitutes worldly experience for the thrills of discovery, of knowing that it is possible to forge your own path in light of adults, the establishment, and prevailing wisdom telling you to do otherwise. Iceage mixes ’77 punk, ’79 post-punk, Goth and hardcore as if they invented it, and does such an excellent job of blending these tropes with the pent-up energy and frustration of the just-post-pubescent years of young mens’ lives, that they might as well have. In this tradition, New Brigade’s twelve songs rush past, long enough to hit you in the chest and short enough to make you wonder what happened.

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