Don’t Call It A Comeback :: Icelandic Bands Give us Their Thoughts On Who They’d Like To See Return
May 12th, 2017 | In The Spotlight
The comeback, it’s a thing every band says they’ll never do upon retirement. But everybody, deep-down, loves a flashy guns blazing comeback. Nothing beats a good old blast-from-the-past, a reminder of one’s faded youth and glory… Some bands stay true to this resolution, some don’t. We decided to play ‘fantasy comeback’ with a bunch of Icelandic artists to ask them if they could magically resurrect any past Icelandic band, who would it be and why.
So come skip down the halls of dusty legend folklore that our current stars derive their inspiration from, see if you can spot the influences.
dj flugvél og geimskip, who is knee deep finishing of a new album had lots and lots to say on this fine matter:
I would like to see Bruni BB. They were punk band in the 80’s. (My father was part of it). I think they made great things. During one particularly memorable gig they once made a guillotine for chickens. After one unfortunate chicken got it’s head severed clean off, it flew over the crowd, headless.
They also had concerts that were almost not concerts – one was where people had to crawl into the venue thorough some strange hole.
Once they lit themselves on fire during a concert and wrapped themselves in plastic and screamed while playing strange sounds from tape machines. The sounds were weird. I think that being a part of their show (being an audience) must have been a crazy experience.
Because of the chicken beheading they were arrested by the police – but that happened often at their concerts. They pushed the limits of what is music, what is art, what can you do at a concert, and what you can do in the world.
They were influenced by the Hermann Nitsch and the Vienna Actionists.
dj flugvél og geimskip would also like to see a reformation of
But you’ll have to do your own research on those gems!
Lóa from FM Belfast, whom are busy finishing an album, which is due out very soon, had this to say:
I have many bands who I’d like to resurrect…
First of all is Bag of Joys. It was one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager. One of the best songs was Sveitasnakk. The chips from Prins Póló’s empire are called Sveitasnakk because of this song. Sighvatur from Apparat Organ Quartet was a member.
I’d also like to resurrect Sveittir Gangaverðir because I never got the chance to see them live.
If I could reach even further into the past I’d like to see Q4U live. I freaked out the first time I heard Creeps.
Ulfúr Eldjárn, who recently released a brand new album : The Aristókrasía Project on who he’d like to see make a comeback:
I would love to see early 80’s electronic music pioneers Sonus Futurae re-emerge. They were of course way ahead of their time, producing incredibly fun electronic pop, which was really well done considering the limited resources in Iceland at the time. Here they’re literally singing about the Icelandic dairy product ‘Skyr’ and how it’s best enjoyed with cream on top.
I wonder what they would do for their comeback. By now they would probably be more into some kind of dark post-apocalyptic, industrial goth disco like, Depeche Mode. At least I hope that they’ll tour with their original equipment.
Futuregrapher recently debuted the first single off his yet to be released album, listen here. He has some misty eyed nostalgic feelings on this subject:
My pick would be T-World – the greatest duo of all time in Icelandic music history. Their music was iconic to say the least for me when I was growing up – and their album “GusGus vs. T-world” saved my life when I was working in the fish factory in Tálknafjörður in the year 2000. It wasn’t an GusGus album, just a collection of T-world tracks. I still play that album a lot today – and used to when I was partying 5 or 7 days in a row.
The other duo would be Sanasol. Their music changed my life later in life – even though they were up late 90’s, I just got to knew their music around 2007. Yagya & Thor – game changers in minimal music creation in Iceland.
Naðra is a black metal band. We spoke to Tómas who, upon intense introspection had this to say:
Easy: Þeyr. I’m not sure if i would care for more music, because “reunion” albums tend to suck. I would however like a chance to see them do a live show and perhaps to repress some of their early stuff which has been difficult to get, to say the least. But i guess that depends on what a “reunion” really entails.
Would a Þeyr show be the same after all these years? If not, would i even want to bring my favourite bands back from beyond? Are the bands themselves a product of their time and is it futile to resurrect bands once the embers have died out? Is “none” an acceptable answer to the question? Am i taking the question way too seriously? I don’t know. But put a gun to my head and i would pick Þeyr in an instant.