The rise of the Danish invasion
Bands from England and Ireland have been breaking through in the U.S. since The Beatles launched the British Invasion in the 1960s.
Lately, there’s been a bit of a Danish invasion taking place, with several bands from one of Europe’s smaller countries hitting our shores.
Among the most acclaimed is Iceage, a dark, moody and powerful punk band that contains elements of The Clash and Joy Division, but adds innovations of its own.
The group, which just released its second album, “You’re Nothing,” is known for both its youth — the band members just entered their 20s — and its raucous live performances.
Here’s a look at some other Danes making musical waves.
Metallica’s drummer is the only Dane in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, these days he’s as known for his fine art collection and his tirades against downloading as he is for his headbanging.
Volbeat has toured with metal legends like Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth, yet also adds elements of punk and rockabilly to its music, citing Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley as influences. The group just released its fifth album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies,” and will play the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, N.J., on May 2.
Like Volbeat, indie-rock duo The Raveonettes combines a love for ’50s rock with noisy electric guitars and dark subjects like lust and suicide. Rather than metal, the sound is reminiscent of ’80s shoegaze bands like The Jesus & Mary Chain.
An indie-pop trio, Efterklang makes music that is cinematic in scope. They recorded part of their latest album, “Piramida,” in the Russian ghost town of the same name, using found objects to create sound. They performed songs from it with an orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum last year.
Iceage is at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday at 9 p.m., 6 Delancey St., 212-533-2111, $15.