Guðlaukur Krstinn Óttarsson - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Guðlaukur Krstinn Óttarsson

Guðlaukur Krstinn Óttarsson

Published July 9, 2004

Rokk í Reykjavík band: Þeyr
Best known for: Playing the guitar on Killer Boogie until his fingertips bled

I spoke with God Christ in an art museum in the center of town. He was, and is, one the most groundbreaking guitarists that Iceland has produced. God Christ produced a fold-out pamphlet that accompanied Þeyrs first 7” release. On the second page is an incredibly intricate electronic schematic.
“It’s the quantum mechanics of music,” he says, “I had Einstein and Jimi Hendrix for my heroes. We were basically fed up with the crap on the radio, all of it with at most 3 chords, with only slightly different lyrics, it was brainwashing people. If you always hear the same sounds, the brain can not form new thoughts. We wanted to revolutionize people. Every society needs a hippie and a punk revolution. It may do other parts of the world good to have theirs.”
Guðlaugur was a founding member of Sugarcubes predecessor Kukl. After its demise, he turned his attention to quantum mechanics relating to thermal electric discoveries, and has been a sessionist on many albums by other artists, notably Megas.

Current profession: Punk rock scientist,. Musician

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