Benni Hemm Hemm is the band of Benedikt H. Hermannsson. He writes the band´s songs and produces the band´s recordings.
Benni Hemm Hemm´s first release was the SummerPlate EP, in the summer of 2003. The EP was a solo release, produced by Benedikt H. Hermannsson. It was released in 30 copies.
The first performance of the big band of Benni Hemm Hemm, was on the 1st of May, 2004, at the 5th birthday of Kitchen Motors. In November the band started recording in Sundlaugin. There were seven songs recorded on 24 tracks on a very busy weekend. In May 2005 the band recorded five more tracks in the infamous Klink & Bank. In September 2005 the Benni Hemm Hemm album was released in Iceland, on Smákökurnar. In early 2006 the album was released in Japan (on P-Vine Records) and in Europe and the US (on Morr Music).
In spring 2006 work started for Kajak. The album was written in a very short time, and recorded in June. The album was released in Iceland in November (on Smákökurnar). In January 2007 Kajak was released in Europe and in May in the US (on Morr Music).
In October 2006 the band performed music to the film Berg-Eyvind (Mountain-Eyvind) at the Reykjavík Film Festival, composed for the event, commisioned by the Reykjavík International Film Festival. There were two perormances at Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík.
In the autumn of 2007 Benni Hemm Hemm recorded an EP, Ein i leyni, that was released in Iceland in December that year.
In February 2008 Benni Hemm Hemm recorded his third LP, Murta St. Calunga. The album was released in Iceland in June 2008 (on Kimi Records) and in Japan January 2009 (on Afterhours). In the summer of 2009 the album was released in Europe and the US (on Kimi Records).
In November and December of 2009 Benni Hemm Hemm recorded his third EP – Retaliate. This is Benni Hemm Hemm´s first collection of songs that is sung entirely in English. Retaliate will be released world wide in April 2010.
Benni Hemm Hemm has played in Tokyo, St. Gallen, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Höfn á Hornafirði, Seyðisfjörður, Portland, Húsavík, Ísafjörður, Kyoto, Houston, Austin, Dresden, Seattle, Stokkseyri, Oslo, Berlin, Brighton, Cleveland, Stockholm, Paris, Washington DC, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Diksmuide, Vienna, Copenhagen, London, New York, Rostock, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, Wilmington, Hannover, Köln, Atlanta, Phoenix, Akureyri, San Francisco, Malmö, Minneapolis, Chicago, Hoboken, Siglufjörður, Boston, Edinburgh.