Reykjavik Music Mess - Five Great New Bands
Nathan Westley headed over to Iceland last weekend for Reykjavik Music Mess; a crawl-style festival that concentrates on showcasing Iceland's best new talent. Here are 5 great new bands he discovered... Photo: The Dandelion Seeds
Cheek Mountain Thief
Cheek Mountain Thief is the new experimentally led folk project of Tunng member Mike Lindsay. Having originally visited the island to play Iceland Airwaves back in 2010, he later returned in 2011 to form his new project and named it after the mountains in Husavik which were viewable from the window of the place where he both wrote and recorded the forthcoming eponymous album.
The Dandelion Seeds
The Dandelion Seeds are five Brit obsessed natives with a healthy penchant for old time scuzzed up, psychedelic flavoured and retro touched rock ‘n’ roll; swinging past with enough feedback and fuzzed up melodies to garner a closer look, particularly by those who hold a soft spot for The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Named after the countries capital and a city in which they do not dwell, instead this hard rocking punk spirited sextet instead hail from the north western town of Isafjoraur and like to create loud ear penetrating screamo that is sometimes angry, occasionally slightly scary and will appeal to you greatly if you like The Blood Brothers.
Legend are two in number; they are Krummi Bjorgvinsson the singer and songwriter of the notorious and often denim clad rock band Minus and composer and producer Halldor Bjornsson. This coming together of minds has seen them jointly embark on a musical mission that mixes together Depeche Mode style electronic pop with a dark, almost gothic undertone.
Though Úlfur Hansson adopts the classic pop move of using his first name as his moniker; the music this electronic obsessed young gent creates does not follow along the same geometric curve as Geri, Cheryl, Tulisa et al. Instead this former member of hardcore band Swords of Chaos and touring bassist for Jonsi blends together abstract atmospheric sounds with live improvisation.