We’ve been thrilled that there has been absolutely no rain since we arrived in Reykjavik on Tuesday. The wind, however, is another story…. today’s forecast calls for sustained winds of 50+ mph and gusts up to 75 mph. A good day to hang out inside.
So we’re two days into the festival, and we’ve seen a bunch of bands. While it isn’t specifically vinyl or CD related, here’s a look at who we’ve seen so far.
- Tilbury: We opened the festival at it’s first official off-venue show, featuring Icelandic band Tilbury. They played in the smallest venue at Airwaves – a small shipping container in a town square, only big enough to hold about 10 people, so the crowd watches from outside through windows. Decent music, but damn cold.
- Retrobot: Cool Depeche Mode sounding band. We picked up a copy of their EP Blackout.
- Lockerbie: Better than the first time we saw them last year. But that’s not saying much. Sort of like what alternative would sound like… if senior citizens liked it. Boring.
- Hellivar: Hard rock assault! Guitars all over the place.
- Legend: Singer, keyboard, and drums. It started off like some type of gothic snore-fest, but then they opened up and it turned out they were seriously crazy intense doom techno. I don’t know how the singer did not knock himself out as he thrashed around stage. Picked up their CD as well.
- Agent Fresco: One of my all-time favorite bands, they brought the house down with an amazing assault. The local fans love them, and everyone sang along to the song that closed their set.
- Agent Fresco: Yes! Second time in two days. This was a special acoustic off-venue set that was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They brought in a string section, and took time to talk about all the songs the played. Picked up their limited edition (of 300) acoustic EP on CD.
- Agent Fresco: Third time! OK, it was overkill, but I saw them again at a local hotel. This time they had their LP on vinyl, so I got that too.
- Shabazz Palaces and Thee Sensations: Seattle band! After a delay due to technical problems, these two groups combined to put in a sweet electronic jazz funk set that was broadcast live back to Seattle on KEXP. Plus I stood next to Bjork for part of the show. No joke.
- Lara Runars: She was playing all new material. Should have stuck to the old stuff. Not as good as the previous times we’ve seen her.
- Jamie N Commons: British blues rock band that really surprised me with how good they were. I’m going to look for their album.
- Dikta: Only saw a few of their songs. It was fine, but whatever.
- Skalmold: Only saw a few of their songs. But it was insane metal. Three guitarists (plus bass). These guys tore it up. Rock the devil horns!
- HAM: We are HAM! We saw four songs by the originators of metal in Iceland, and they delivered. They also delivered the line of the night with this song introduction. “This is a song about friendship. And hate!”
- Bloodgroup: One of my all-time electronic pop faves! They played some new stuff, which is darker and slower than their old stuff, but hit some of the classics as well. Great live presence.
- Of Monsters and Men: Not my style of folk rock, but the place was packed to the gills, and the live show was pretty good.