Track By Track: ‘Celebs’ By Axis Dancehall - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Track By Track: ‘Celebs’ By Axis Dancehall

Track By Track: ‘Celebs’ By Axis Dancehall

Published March 4, 2019

Hannah Jane Cohen
Photos by
Patrik Ontkovic

Imagine blasting an old school video game soundtrack in a dirty Berlin basement while having a realisation of your own mortality. Welcome to the genre bending ‘Celebs’ by Axis Dancehall, explained here in full by the band. If you like their vibe, you can learn more about them here.

AXCELLENT
Isolation! Downtown swallowing you whole. The moment rises while the bass drum beats you to a pulp. Synths autotune and devolve. Kristbjörg, the voice of anxiety, looms over everything. Fun for the whole family.

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it is a house in Florida.”

ORIGINALS
WE IS THE ORIGINALS! RUN THE TRACK!

FINISH LINE
There’s so much negativity today. Sometimes we need a pat on the back because we are but frail human beings. This song is about encouraging yourself and others to be better. It’s a bright future! We have light bulbs, the internet and Javascript. Everything is possible.

GAMECHANGER
Break out of the everyday loop with some inspiring words by the best preacher! We are constantly trying to change the game, the channel, frantically switching YouTube videos, unable to control the ADD tearing us apart. Maybe it’s time to dance and shout?

SPITT
Moments of aggression come at the weirdest points. Where does the need for loving to hate and hating to love come from? Are we incapable of finding the right people to spend our valuable time with or are we just bored?

TIME OF MY LIFE
This is the time of my life! I am the King of this world with my beautiful queen and she’d never leave me. And if she did, I’d just get a new one. I have been blessed by Dionysus and Narcissus! This world is mine!! I just hope I feel the same when I wake up tomorrow.

KYRIE ELEISON
Lord, have mercy upon us. For we do not know what we do… aside from when we know, then help us say ‘no.’ Even though we can go online and research what would be the ideal, we still don’t want to because it’s just too much. We only have so much passion in us and I need that for the next big news or football match.

BLESS 17
An ode to youth, life and death. From sweet sixteen to sour seventeen to all of a sudden umami eighteen, one birthday can change everything. Endless socially-accepted pressure is put on your fresh shoulders. Work, career, family, vacation, family vacation, golf fishing, artisan beer—being in is suddenly everything you ever wanted.

CHER
Angst! Angst about being loved, loving, not having that Mai Thai on that beach you saw on Instagram, not realising that love comes from within, but rather focusing on the eternal question: “Do you believe in life after love?”

LEGAL TONIC
The war on drugs has officially been won! We are safe, free from college drug lords making an extra buck killing our innocents. We can finally throw away the prescription medicines soothing our nerves, but it’s best to keep them in case those big-hooded gangsters escape prison. I’m so glad I’m not imprisoned. I can make my own choices. Poca Pola or Cepsi?

SRY
What makes a good night out? You already know all the people and you aren’t wearing the right clothes, but goddamnit, you just wanted to dance. All of a sudden, everybody forgets their burdens as the freshest tune ever is played by Deed Jay. It’s so good the bouncers start dancing.

DANCE WITH ME
We take the chance of dying to live our lives to the fullest. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it is a house in Florida.

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