Sudden Weather Change: A Meta-Metaphor

Sudden Weather Change: A Meta-Metaphor

Published September 5, 2012

Since they released their debut album four years ago, Sudden Weather
Change have carved a unique nook where ’90s lo-fi grunge meets
tight-knit indie rock. The band, which took home the 2010 Icelandic
Music Award for ‘Best Newcomer,’ is now back in business with a newly
released sophomore album titled ‘Sculpture.’ We took this opportunity to
speak with Bergur Thomas Anderson (bassist and singer) and Logi
Höskuldsson (guitarist and singer) about their new creation and what’s
next for these young up-and-comers.


How does ‘Sculpture’ differ from ‘Stop! Handgrenade in the name of crib-death ‘nderstand’ in terms of sound?
Logi Höskuldsson: I think it’s more mature and we had many more influences, especially from ambient and electronic genres.
Bergur Thomas Anderson: The new songs have more soundscapes and we were thinking more about the atmosphere we were creating than we did on the last album. We focused not only on having a list of songs, but having a cohesive album that conveys the same atmosphere or texture.
Logi: We also thought about the structure of the songs much more and moved away from simple chord progressions.
Bergur: It’s definitely more focused.
Logi: There is also more experimentation.
Bergur: Our first album was more like a collection of fifteen individual songs whereas this album is more like a journey from start to finish.
Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
Logi: Well I’m always thinking about this man on a raft with no destination. I’m not quite sure how that influences the lyrics, but it comes to mind a lot.
Bergur: Everything is very much about a typical day—really average content. It’s not about mystical beings or outer space. For our first album we would each write and sing different parts, but there was no connection; it was more like a collage. But with this one we sat down and had a conversation about the lyrics.
Logi: A good example is “New Motive,” which we wrote in three parts. The first is about a man who is a writer but is no longer famous. The second part is about the same man and how he is becoming famous again now that he is old. And the third part is about the publishers’ view and the fans’ reactions. It’s about what happens after becoming famous, and basically nothing happens, and I think it’s funny.
How would you describe your ideal audience?
Logi: We really thought about the audience for this album. At performances for our last album the audience didn’t wear shirts, they were hammered, and they would go crazy. They didn’t necessarily listen to our music.
Bergur: They just wanted to get drunk and dance around with us, which was really fun.
Logi: Yeah, it’s great, but we want them to really listen to our music this time. Basically if people don’t talk during our performance then I’m happy. I would like them to just watch and listen. Pretty much just not talk.
Your past works all have a very ‘90s grunge feel to them. Can we expect the same with the new album?
Logi: There was once a review that saw right through us saying that we were trying to be this nineties band. So for this album we made a conscious decision to change our sound and make more calculated decisions. We took out a lot of the feedback we were doing before because we felt like it just wasn’t us anymore. We wanted to do something more and to find ‘our’ sound, not a ‘90s sound. Maybe we are on our way to that new sound with ‘Sculpture’ but it still has ‘90s influence.
Bergur: We are still doing the ‘90s guitar thing, but without this teenage angst undertone.
What was the process of making ‘Sculpture’ like?
Bergur: The process was a slow birth. We were a little scared while we were doing it because we became so interested in changing our sound and we lost a band member in the middle of making it, so we couldn’t quite decide if we wanted to only have four members or find someone else.
Logi: Losing a band member definitely changed the outcome and allowed us to be more focused.
Bergur: There is a lot more room or space in the entire sound because we are fewer now. There is not as much going on.
Logi: Yeah, the lines are far more focused.
Bergur: And every detail matters.
Logi: There is no longer this wall of sound with three guitars and one bass.
Bergur: We also aren’t yelling anymore, or at least not as much. Before it was often like a competition of who could scream and play the loudest and fastest. We would write songs with those kinds of motives.

If your band had an alter ego what would it be?

Logi: The Beatles: two vocalists, two guitar players, bass and drums. And that’s also our favourite band. We are typical guys.

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Track Of Issue: Grísalappalísa’s “Nýlendugata-Pálsbæjarvör-Grótta”


This frantic and irreverent song is the band’s very first single off of their new album, ‘Rökrétt Framhald’ (“Logical Progression”). The lyrics focus on a person sneaking out of their home and going on a wild ride through Reykjavík, and in typical Grísalappalísa style, also highlight the banality of life in the city. The chorus in particular drives the point home that nothing is new under the sun, counting up the things the protagonist sees, such as grey skies, empty streets and neon lights, before ending with “et cetera.” The instrumentals further accentuate the contrast between the band’s two singers;

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ATP Iceland Portrait Series By Matthew Eisman


I wanted to try something different and challenging at ATP Iceland 2014 so I decided to shoot a series of backstage band portraits. I set up a portrait studio on-location at Atlantic Studios and shot as many bands as possible. For some artists I had less than a minute to work with. For others, time was flexible and we tried a few different looks. I didn’t get everyone, and there are a couple big names noticeably absent here. But I’m happy with the results and hope you enjoy too! Huge thanks to all the artists that participated, and to Tómas

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You Will Be Assimilated, Resistance Is Futile…


It’s the May Day bank holiday and everyone in Iceland is taking it easy in the warm sun. At Lucky Records there’s a release party that includes local house DJ and producer Viktor Birgiss performing an energetic house music live set with a drummer. Throughout the afternoon, the mood has been chilled and relaxed as friends, scenesters and record buying fiends have come to sample the music and savour the atmosphere. The occasion is the release of ‘Marienleben’ by Dutch musician Frits Wentink, the second EP from Icelandic electronic collective BORG. Since its 2012 inception by Ómar Egill Ragnarsson and

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The Festival Season Has Commenced

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By the time this paper comes out we will be up and away at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark enjoying bands as hip as Outkast and as institutional as the Rolling Stones. But we have quite a few music festivals in Iceland this summer and we had the pleasure of going to the Secret Solstice festival in June. The outdoors setting with multiple stages in Laugardalur created a unique experience and acts like Schoolboy Q, Disclosure and Massive Attack rocked a huge crowd which mainly consisted of foreigners and drunken Icelandic teenagers. Hopefully the festival will return in 2015. All

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Grapevine Live Blog: ATP Iceland – Saturday!

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It’s the end… the Bitter End! 14:00 – Media Hotel – Bob Cluness (BC) It’s 2pm and at the hotel, things are muffled and a little subdued. Last night, beer was brought back and there was a small party so several of the people are nursing their hangovers and have lost all sense of time and space. And here is the view from our room…. Gorgeous, eh? Despite the spartan surroundings, one good thing is that it seems that most of the artists are staying here as well! We are trying to secure autographs from Slowdive as we speak. 16:00

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