When: Fri., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. 2014
For its recently released third album, Plowing into the Field of Love, the Danish punk band Iceage first offered a music video for its song, “The Lord’s Favorite.” It features the band in a sleazy desert environment — a skuzzy Vegas-playboy aesthetic — while crazed megalomaniacal boasts top vaguely Western guitar leads at a rollicking cadence. The initial shock of “The Lord’s Favorite” video is that it’s funny, something that the dour foursome, which is prone to treating interviewers curtly and employing militaristic imagery, hadn’t really done before. The next shock is that it’s a great song — brisk, balanced, and facetious but not smug, with varied and expressive vocal delivery. Overall, Plowing into the Field of Love corresponds to the pleasing departure of “The Lord’s Favorite.” It’s fitting, then, that the Danes, who play on Friday at the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St.), grace San Francisco on Halloween to flaunt their new look.