This sort of started out as a personal blog that happened to cover most of the important stuff going on with the band, but also anything else going on in my life. It was good to have a place to write stuff, if not for anything else just for the sake of practicing expressing my thoughts. That exercise helped me get better at expressing thoughts in lyrics as well, which in turned helped me finally finish the first album.
As time went on this blog evolved more and more into the band’s main website. I thought it was important to have a stand-alone website (as opposed to just using a service like FB). It was deliberately casual and unprofessional-looking, and that went hand-in-hand with some ideals I had about the internet, free flow of information, and opening up or breaking down these top-down/gatekeeper structures in our society, especially in the music world. I thought the time was coming that we could use this technology reach and relate to each other on a massive level, and you didn’t have to front, and you didn’t have to go through corporate middle-men to get your music or music news.
I realize now this was based on a totally delusional understanding of the music world, and an embarrassingly generous view of human nature.
ANyways, this blog is redundant. If I feel the need to say something, I have plenty of other venues. Email list, tumbler, tweeter, and FB. Pick yr poison.
We have a track on the Iceland Music Export office’s Made In Iceland VI compilation, which showcases some of the best music coming out of Iceland this year.
Listen to it.
I’ve been lugging the “studio” over to Helga’s apartment, and we’ve been working on new recordings.
They’re coming out pretty damn good! We’ll see how things develop, but maybe a new EP in the spring…
New mini-EP out now.
You can get on Gogoyoko, Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, etc.
Thursday, December 13th at Faktorý.
On Thursday we’ll be playing a show with Benni Hemm Hemm at Gamli Gaukurinn in downtown Reykjavík. Costs 1000kr in. Doors open at 8pm, music starts at 9:15pm.
The Benni Hemm Hemm band has grown to include many notable Icelandic musicians — Þórður Jörundsson and Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson (Retro Stefson), Sindri Már Sigfússon (Sin Fang and Seabear), Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson (Prinspóló and Skakkamanage), Ívar Pétur Kjartansson and Hjalti Jón Sverrisson (Miri), Markús Bjarnason (Skátar), Frank Aarnink and Diddi Guðnason (Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands), Goggi (Sprengjuhöllinni) and many more.
Here’s the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/433790566670895
And so Iceland Airwaves ’12 concludes. I caught I lot of great shows, but not half of what I would have liked to see. It was cool to see Dirty Projectors, and to discover Blouse.
We also played five times. Our first day was a little shaky, but after that we kicked into gear and had a lot of fun. Thanks to everybody who came out to our shows!
With so much going on it’s easy to get lost in all the noise. But one of our performances got a glowing review:
A few seconds into their first song, I had witnessed the coolest opening of a show at the Airwaves 2012. The guy in the middle, singer/guitarist/things-master/ringleader, runs across the stage, jumps over the barricade and breaks into singing and dancing. The sincere kind might I add. No shenanigans. I’m swooned. And there’s hardly anybody here. The crowd is glued to the sides, leaving a gaping floor to this one-man love dance. That kid has got some balls. He obviously doesn’t give a fuck. Right there, I’m on Just Another Snake Cult’s side.
In matter of three or four songs the guy’s gone through a few instruments I’ve never seen before, he’s using a drumstick on his acoustic guitar, effects come in play liberally and no song sounds the same. Some are tender, others sombre. One song makes you drift off, the next gets one all pensive. Most importantly, Just Another Snake Cult made us wonder. […]
Read the full thing on the Grapevine Airwaves site.
Catch our new line-up and new material.
Thursday 12pm norrænna húsið
Thursday 8pm Reykjavik Backpackers
Friday 3pm Bíó Paradís
Friday 8pm Gamli Gaukurinn
Saturday 7:30pm Bar 11 / Gogoyoko