For a Minor Reflection
Energetic, melodious rock band, For a Minor Reflection (FaMR) comprises of four 23- year-olds from Reykjavík, Iceland. Kjartan Holm (guitar), Guðfinnur Sveinsson (guitar & piano), Elvar Jón Guðmundsson (bass) and Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson (drums). Far from simple to define, their music expands and subverts itself with every song.
Starting life as a hard rock duo in a tiny garage in Reykjavík, FaMR morphed into an indie rock trio, for a week or so, then a blues quartet, for a little longer, before finally arriving at their current incarnation: instrumental post-rockers du jour
Back in 2007, their debut album ‘Reistu þig við, sólin er komin á loft…’ (Rise, the Sun has Come Up…) got them a small but passionate fan base. A mesmerizing, hour-long tapestry, the album features six songs and was recorded over a weekend at a friend’s studio. This record, as well as their energetic live shows, has earned them a slew of accolades, including favorable comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, Caspain and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Their fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós even described them as the “band with the potential to out-do Mogwai”.
Following a scintillating live performance at 2007’s Iceland Airwaves, FaMR were invited to do 15 dates with Sigur Rós on a European tour and used the opportunity to release their album on iTunes. The band sold out on the 2000 albums they manufactured to sell on tour. The total sales figures amounted to 5000 copies. Not bad for a modest demo recorded in a home studio.
Needless to say, the tour with Sigur Rós attracted the attention of promoters. FaMR landed a showcase slot at Eurosonic at the start of 2009 and a month’s headline tour in Europe. Spending the rest of the summer writing a new album, FaMR recorded 10 new songs with LA producer Scott Hackwith at the Sigur Rós studio. The album, ‘Höldum í átt að óreiðu’ (Heading in the Direction of Chaos) was released in 2010 and the band toured Europe, enjoying a steadily increasing fan base.
In 2011 things started heating up with an American Tour which concluded with a slot at the legendary SXSW Festival. In the summer of 2011, the boys warmed up for Hardcore Punk/Metal band Converge, proving the diverse following that their music invites. On the road again, in the summer of 2011 FaMR performed at the Sziget Festival in Hungary, gigs in Estonia, Latvia, China and Culture Collide in the USA. Early 2012 the band played at M for Montreal Festival and France tour in May.
The band released a new EP late 2011. Featuring 4 new songs, produced by the Icelandic Flex.
“melody-soaked music with international appeal.” Music Week
“On stage they were rocking out seriously beautiful, expansive melodies beneath projections of dropping bombs” Dazed
“For A Minor Reflection…were one of the highlights of the festival. They are one band who, if anyone at the Iceland Airwaves festival deserves it, will be spread far and wide across the globe.” It Is A Trap
“…Powerful stuff. Looking forward to getting my hands on the new album.” Drowned In Sound