From Iceland — 1860



Published September 11, 2013

Long story short, 1860 is an indie pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland that has been called, amongst other super nice things, “the Fleet Foxes of Iceland.”
The group was formed in late 2010 by Ottar G. Birgisson and Hlynur Juni Hallgrimsson as a fun little folk side-project to their then main-project, local alt-rock favourites ‘The Telepathetics’.
What started out as a homey folk duo has turned into a full-fledged indie rock five-piece with Mammut drummer Andri Bjartur Jakobsson joining the ranks, as well as Coral multi-instrumentalist Gunnar Jonsson. In the early stages the boys sought out Icelandic producer-wünderkind Johann Runar Thorgeirsson to record with and as that collaboration turned out to be fruitful for both sides, Johann Runar just joined the band as a guitar-wielding producer. Much easier, right?
The folk-inspired indie musings of 1860 have been well received to say the least – every single released having become a top 10 hit on Icelandic radio. The band was furthermore nominated for the “Best Newcomer” award at both the Icelandic Music Awards and at the X-977 Listeners’ Awards.

October 30, 2013
20:50 Gamli Gaukurinn

October 31, 2013
19:10 Gamla Bíó

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