Yeah, so we’re in Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves 2010. It’s only reasonable that we use the oodles of free Wi-Fi to check in once a day and tell you about an awesome band we saw, how much crap food we’ve eaten and why our socks are wet again. Right? Right.
You probably won’t believe me when I say that there is a lot of awesome heavy music to come out of this country but this is what a real Icelandic man says about the matter:
“Don’t be lame. Subject yourself to Icelandic metal. Trust me, it will pull you in all sorts of directions ‘cause our bands steer clear of sloppy seconds. They are dynamic, diverse, and bloody good a lot of the time…”
You can read the rest of his musings on Icelandic metal in his article in the Reykjavik Grapevine. They’re the coolest (only) free English-language alternative newspaper in Iceland.
Best band of Airwaves Day 1?
Swords of Chaos brought some real brutality with their searing, shambolic hardcore to a venue imaginatively called Venue. The four-piece shuggle onstage and proceed to kick, scream and bang their way into the hearts of the assembled mass. Sure enough, the mosh gets going and there are kids hanging precariously from pipes and, of course, singer Úlfur Einarsson propels himself over the barrier, right into the throng. While the guitarist guitared, the bassist also guitared. Using a six-stringer as a bass in surely unconventional but it worked. Well done, that guy.
Honourable mentions go to The Vintage Caravan for being very young and very classic rock, the four-girls-and-a-guy rock of Vicky for forcing us out of bed after just five hours sleep and also the mesmerisingly awesome and complex Agent Fresco, who we will definitely write more about on another day. Guaranteed.
Airwaves 2010 conspicuous consumption
Hot dogs: 1
Pizza slices: 1
Fry ups: 1
Beers: 8 + 1 rum
Icelandic Metal Fact
Despite being Norwegian, Dimmu Borgir took their name from a “massive, collapsed lava tube” in northern Iceland. That’s like a deathcore band from Tennessee calling themselves Whitechapel or something. Oh.
Yeah, it’s just raining all the time.