Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Like A Bat Into Hell…

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Cancer Bats have been making music as dark as their name suggests—angry, post-punk, post-hardcore metal that just raises just an…

UK PM Brown Incorrectly Boasts of IceSave “Rescue” at Pre-election Labour Conference

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The annual UK political party conference merry-go-round culminated today with Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s keynote speech – seen by many…

Iceland Discussed In Westminster

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Whilst thousands protest in the centre of London in advance of the G20 summit, Iceland featured heavily in Wednesday’s Prime…

A Chance To Restore Some Pride On An International Stage?

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Scotland, Iceland’s opponents in this week’s round of international games, possess a rare thing – a 90% success rate in…

Europe Wakes Up To Crisis

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At last, the rest of the world has been shaken awake from its slumber of indifference, although it has taken…

Iceland Burns Whilst The Rest Of The World Sleeps

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Vicariously experiencing the events unfolding in Reykjavik, whilst sat in a green and peaceful corner of England, is a bizarre…

Great Scot! Biffy Clyro Invade Iceland

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Biffy Clyro have had one hell of a year. After coming somewhere near the top of many album of the…

Art and Ice – A Difficult Combination?

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Pretty people, money and the weather – ask most people about Iceland and they’ll usually weave you a story around…

Kira Kira

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In recent years, the successful portions of the Icelandic post-rock scene have made a sound to call their own and…

My Summer as a Salvation Soldier

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The twelve songs on Activism, an album wracked with emotion and subtle diatribe, are arguably some of the best tracks…

Marriage of Mystery

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Country Wedding, a new film directed by BAFTA award-winning Icelander Valdís Óskarsdóttir, is set to be released later this summer,…

Peter And Wolf

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Peter And Wolf may not be well-known but their ambiguity (the album has been sitting on someone’s shelf for four…

Boys In A Band

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With production from Sigur Rós / Cocteau Twins album maestro Ken Thomas, you might expect Boys In A Band’s first…

Atomstation

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The Grapevine gets a ‘sleazy thanks’ in the sleeve but we’ll not be influenced by such blatant arse kissing. Actually,…

Cortes

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It was recently explained to me, when having dinner in a nice restaurant, that a ram’s testicle is best eaten…

Middle East Music Fest

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A Palestine benefit concert in Iceland – not an obvious event for a Thursday night at Organ, but who cares…

Stórsveit Nix Noltes

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Whilst Gogol Bordello seem to have the international monopoly on high-energy folk, using what might be described as a cynical…

Tommygun Preachers

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With a name like a spaghetti Western and songs such as ‘Drifter’ and ‘Hillbilly Purgatory’, you’d imagine the Tommygun Preachers…

Getting Horny with the Cod

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Fishing and fish in Iceland are as much a part of the culture, history and lifestyle as music, beer and…

Sugar and Bass Make Singapore Sling Just Palatable

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Drone-laden psych rock is a difficult beast to tame – too much noise and feedback and it sounds like an…

Hraun

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Hraun have taken a fair bit of stick from various corners of the Icelandic press. The issue most have with…

Battle of the Lands

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The once-popular battle of the bands competition has been on the wane for several years now, probably because of the…

Folk and Frost

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Despite having a capital city that sits a snowball’s throw away from the North Pole and boasts a population smaller…

Ipswich vs. Gavin Portland

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In one corner we have the residents of Ipswich – one of Britain’s oldest and most historic towns – who…

GusGus at Glastonbury

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How do you explain an Icelandic dance band playing Glastonbury’s Jazz Stage? If you’re GusGus’s President, President Bongo to be…