Dead Skeletons is an exciting musical and visual art project from Iceland which is made up of the core trio of Jón Sæmundur Auðarson (Dead), Henrik Björnsson (Singapore Sling, Go-Go Darkness, Hank and Tank), and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt (Asteroid #4). The group has exploded onto the scene as musical, visual, and philosophical leaders. Their mantra, “He Who Fears Death Cannot Enjoy Life” is a universal truth, and something we would all do well to live by. The band’s startling and innovative visuals are driven by frontman Jón Sæmundur Auðarson, who along with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, has piloted the underground sensation that is Dead TV.
Dead Skeletons came into being in 2008 as an accompaniment to an installation for a show at the Reykjavik art museum by Jón Sæmundur (Dead). Looking for a spiritual battle hymn for the show, Jón began recording with Henrik Björnsson (Singapore Sling) and Ryan Van Kriedt (Asteriod #4). This initial song, Dead Mantra, became an underground hit, prompting the full length lp Dead Magick (A Records), released by the band in 2011. They have now put a live performance act together to tour internationally and are currently working on a new album.