Agent Fresco - Dr. Spock - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Agent Fresco – Dr. Spock

Agent Fresco – Dr. Spock

Published April 4, 2008

The concert started considerably later than I expected. The first band, Agent Fresco, recently won the Icelandic version of The Battle of the Bands so I was excited to see what they had to offer. Many have tried and failed at what Agent Fresco seems to be able to do with the greatest of ease. Their music is a strange mix of jazz and rock. They infuse the two genres skilfully by being able to apply unexpected power to their formal music training. The band somehow remains harmonious through this process and I applaud them for that. Very original. There was only one thing that bothered me: the singer. He’s not bad, he’s just doesn’t suit the band. I did not appreciate a screamer on top of such a refined flock of players. On the bright side it might bring jazz to the metal loving masses. Agent Fresco is a very promising band. Whether they’ll become pretentious or honest musicians, is yet to be discovered.

Dr. Spock are widely known for their rubber gloves and powerful performances, especially after breaking into mainstream with their hit, “Hvar ertu nú” from the Eurovision pre-selection TV show. It was business as usual for them. Funny costumes and a playful take on metal pleased audience members immensely. Their raw power seems to have an amazing effect on fans. Every time I see Dr. Spock play, the crowd seems to give their all to respond to the music, and that is beautiful. The concert at Organ was no exception.

All in all it was a fine night. The bands knew their game and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I would’ve liked to see them start before midnight as advertised. It’s not necessary to keep these insane concert hours.

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