Culture
Airwaves
Endless Dark Are Not Like The Other Bands

Endless Dark Are Not Like The Other Bands

Words by

Published October 15, 2010

Endless Dark are one of the many young Icelandic bands performing at Iceland Airwaves for the first time this year. Lots of things set them apart from your ‘typical’ Icelandic Airwaves act: they hail from tiny Snæfellsbær in the Icelandic countryside instead of 101 Reykjavík, they take inspiration from MySpace emo such as Attack Attack! (!) rather than glacial landscapes or elves, and while this is their first time at the festival, they’ve already scored a manager and begun embarking upon international tours.
And, as guitarist Gummi tells us, Endless Dark’s members prefer to play in only ONE band. “A lot of Reykjavík musicians play in three or four bands. We are always been in the same band, which makes it unique, I guess,” he says when asked if forming a band is different when you live outside of Reykjavík.
Gummi and his fellow band members (Egill on keyboard, Keli on bass, Atli on guitar, Daníel on drums and singer/screamer Viktor) play modest when asked about the tours. “Oh, we did some shows abroad, for example in the UK. That was really amazing; we felt proud to be invited there. And we are definitely planning on expanding our success – we’re mixing a new record and we plan on playing lots of shows.”
They might not be your typical Icelandic band (then again, what is), they might not even be to your liking, but these hard working youngsters betray bucketloads of honesty, determination, ambition and vision. Kudos to them!
Who are you? What can we expect from your Airwaves appearance, and what can we expect of you in general?
We’re six guys from small towns on Snæfellsnes that have nothing better to do than play music, and we love every second of it! You can always expect a lot of crab-core and energy from our performances and Iceland Airwaves will be no different.
What are some of the acts you want to see at this festival, and why?
Bombay Bicycle Club, Agent Fresco, Dikta and Reason To Believe are some of the bands we’re definitely gonna see and we hope you’ll check them out too.
Are there any acts missing from the bill that you’d like to see on there?
We’d like to see more bands in our genre, but the beauty of Airwaves is that there are so many different kinds of music.
Wow. There are, like, one million ‘international’ acts on this year’s schedule. Have you heard of any of them? Are you excited to see any of them?  Do you believe this changes anything for the festival in general, and its spirit?
The only bands we’ve heard of are Bombay Bicycle Club and Robyn, and we’re pretty excited about seeing them.
Looking back, do you have a favourite edition of Iceland Airwaves? And if so, why?
We are young, so this is our first experience of Airwaves.
A lot of our readers are first time Airwaves-visitors. Do you have any tips for them? What to see, what to do, what to avoid, etc? Where to buy records? Or a good place to grab a bite or get away from it all for a while?
We’re also first time Airwaves visitors so… don’t pick a fight if the guy is bigger than you? And there aren’t that many record stores in Iceland so just buy records wherever you find them. Same goes for food.
Given that most Airwaves-visitors won’t have a lot of time in their schedule to see the Icelandic countryside, are there any nature-havens close by that you’d recommend?
I guess it’s just the typical places all the tourist go to… Blue lagoon, Geysir and that shit.
Has a lot changed in the Icelandic music scene since Airwaves 2009? How about Airwaves 2002?
We have no idea… I guess there are more good bands.
Who are your favourite Icelandic acts these days?
Reason To Believe, Agent Fresco and Dikta.
A lot of international journalists like to ask: “How has kreppa affected the Icelandic music scene.” Do you think the question is valid? Do you have a preferred way of answering it?
Yeah sure the question is valid. It’s more expensive to tour and release records but… if there’s a will, there’s a way.
Anything else?
Just have a nice time at Airwaves and come hang with us!
Endless Dark is playing tonight, Friday 22:30 at Sódóma.


Culture
Airwaves
I Jam Econo

I Jam Econo

by

My word, what a daze. I felt a lasting, dull sensation in my ring finger this morning, almost a muscular latency, having woken up hungover on my mattress, which has been placed on the floor for my optimal comfort. Maybe it’s the beginnings of carpal tunnel syndrome, I don’t know. As you can imagine, I drank, and drank, and drank yesterday (that was Saturday) (meh, who cares) after some Airwaves fun. Not to the point of becoming a burden on my company, but a pleasant fuzz, a blur, which resided in me until about… I want to say… three in

Culture
Airwaves
Matt’s Fave LOOK! Portraits

Matt’s Fave LOOK! Portraits

by

This was my fourth year covering Airwaves, and although it’s crazy every year, this was probably my busiest yet. It was my first time as a member of the official Airwaves photo team. It was a pleasure working with a crack team of shooters and organizers. I also spent the last couple months organizing a group music photography exhibition called, “Look at the Light: Moments from Iceland Airwaves”. Check it out at KEX Hostel in the Gym & Tonic Room until November 25th! On top of all that, I shot the band portrait series here aptly named LOOK!. You may

Culture
Airwaves
Matt’s Fave Airwaves 2014 Shots

Matt’s Fave Airwaves 2014 Shots

by

That Matthew Eisman sure was busy during Iceland Airwaves. In addition to shooting an absurd number of band portraits at our Hafnarstræti office throughout the festival, Matthew was also on staff with Iceland Airwaves, responsible for capturing live shows every night. He sent us an assortment of his favourite shots from the bash, along with some notes on each. Here they are, in the order that he shot them in! Vök – My first shoot of Airwaves. What’s not to like about a sax player rocking out? Júníus Meyvant – What I thought would be a standard singer/songwriter-type performance turned out to be ten-piece

Culture
Airwaves
My Airwaves, My Winnipeg

My Airwaves, My Winnipeg

by

It was a weird fate that I wound up in Iceland this year. In dramatics that could rival a Woody Allen film, tickets were purchased in April with the intention of having a “lover’s vacation.” The premises for such a vacation spectacularly fell apart in the seven months leading up to the party. Romance dead, I swore to be open to everything else this great Nordic country threw my way. So Iceland (and inevitably Airwaves) became something to look forward to, to put mental energy towards, and I did research with the loving attention one might spend cultivating a budding

Culture
Airwaves
Known Unknowns: Mortal Orchestra Part II

Known Unknowns: Mortal Orchestra Part II

by

After watching the Unknown Mortal Orchestra off-venue show on Friday, I internally told myself I would watch the off-venue feature gig at Harpa Norðurljós on Saturday so I could compare and contrast the two with a scrutinizing eye, like any good Doctor of Journalism would do. And so I did. The consensus? Well shit, we’ll get to that after a little wordy foreplay first. It was Saturday night, their were long queues for everything and the air smelled of patchouli and smoked cinnamon, I’m just kidding, no it didn’t, I couldn’t tell you what the air smelled like because my

Culture
Airwaves
Known Unknowns: Mortal Orchestra Part I

Known Unknowns: Mortal Orchestra Part I

by

Unknown Mortal Orchestra can go ahead and change their name to Known Mortal Orchestra now, because their off-venue gig at the Straumur showcase in Bíó Paradís was filled to the tits of mightily receptive listeners. I’m sure you all made your way over to the queue at Harpa Norðurljós to catch them. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are one of those brazen bands that are at times so minimalistic the live show can show some of the blemishes of a missing note, stuttering on a fill, or lapsing on the vocals, but it’s this organic quality to the sound that adds to the

Show Me More!