From Iceland — The Grapevine Summer Special

The Grapevine Summer Special

Published August 19, 2005

The Grapevine Summer Special

The Grapevine will say good-bye to winter, April 23, the eve of the first day of summer, with a spectacular show at Organ. We have recruited some of the most exciting bands in Iceland to celebrate the coming summer and we invite you to join us. The opening act is the Reykjavík three-piece Swords of Chaos, an experimental rock band that draws it sound from various influences, but claims to be mostly influenced by the big bang and the end of the world.
The lo-fi and melodic indie-pop-country of Seabear has won the band many admirers. Their debut album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away was selected as one of the best albums of the year in The Grapevine’s end-of-year review, and they are guaranteed to make this a night to remember. The highlight of the night is a special guest appearance by Magnús Kjartansson, the veteran pop star who will perform his summer hit Sólarsamba, a song that celebrates summer like no other song has done since. This summer marks the 20-year anniversary of the song’s release. That is a cause for celebration in itself.
Kimono is one of the most original indierock bands in the business. The band is down one member and has recently been re-invented as a three-piece. The band is currently adjusting to their new formation. According to guitarist Gylfi Blöndal, the band has spent the last few months writing new material. “We have no idea how people will react to us,” Gylfi says. “I have been playing a baritone guitar to try and replace the loss of the bass player, but this changes a lot for us.” Kimono has been recording new songs lately and the band is going to put out a new record in the near future.
Skátar is another great indie-rock band out of Reykjavík. Their debut LP, The Ghost of Bollocks to Come, was selected in 2007 as the best album of the year in the Grapevine’s end-of-year review. The band has not played a show in Reykjavík for a while now, but much like Kimono, they have been busy writing new material. This will be a great opportunity for fans to gauge the band’s direction.

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