Thrash Hits Verdict:
We can think of no better way than Muck of celebrating our centenary of celebrating new bands. This is the kind of band that you just hope you’ll stumble across in a grotty biker bar in a weird country. We saw these guys last week in a grotty biker bar at Iceland Airwaves 2011 in their hometown of Reykjavik and they blew our frozen cotton socks off. This band has everything: the songs, the attitude, the desire. Every time we reflected upon them doing something awesome (like playing slide guitar with a Macbook) they did something even more awesome (like play ‘Mother’). This band needs to be heard by everybody.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Jangly, noise, fast.
How did you meet?
We all met through the Icelandic hardcore/punk underground scene. Loftur, our bass player has been in the game since he was 10 or 11 and we were all attending shows regularly by 2004.
How has Reykjavik and Iceland affected the way the band has turned out?
The thing about our small city and the tight culture is it has made us tighter and taught us to think differently. There are a lot of bands and every one is trying to do their own thing. But some don’t succeed. It has taught us to not be afraid of evolving and always be changing and developing new sounds and directions. In such a small place there isn’t space for bands to sound the same – the better one will swallow the other.
What made you want to start a band?
Our burning interest in other bands and good music. We have all been playing since young age and there´s nothing to do here on this island.
Where did the name come from?
We were interested and under the influence of heavy music. So one night the name Muck came up and that sounded like the heaviest band in the world, which was really our direction back then. But, like we mentioned before, things change and evolve.
What are your musical influences?
All kinds of genres. For an example were listening to T-Rex as we answer this so it’s not like we only listen to rock-related stuff. In order to develop you can not limit yourself to a certain kind of music. If it has the groove we like it! WE GO HARD IN THE PAINT!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Caterpillarmen, Plastic Gods, Mammút, Sudden Weather Change and Heavy Experience are all good friends of ours in the Icelandic music scene. We have a lot of other good friends. Two of us are in a grindcore band called Manslaughter and the rest of that band members are all in other bands except for one. It is kind of weird to namedrop all the acts your friends are a part of cause the music scene isn’t that big. So you kind of feel bad for not mentioning every good Icelandic band you know. I guess that’s just a part of living in this small city.
Tell us about Homies Where My Heart Is.
It is a collaboration between several visual artist and musicians. A couple friends of ours live in this big house in downtown Reykjavík and we transformed the whole thing into a gallery. On the following image we’re playing in the basement. Two of us are visual artist as well as being musicians and sometimes those two worlds collide. Because of our involvement in the art world and the shows we play at art events, we have started to explore not only how to make our shows as tight and fun as possible but also interesting as performance art. Not that our regular shows aren’t enough, we just like to step out of the box and challenge ourselves and the music scene. There are so many bands that are afraid to do something different just because they have already decided what they are. We like to challenge that.
Tell us about painting yourselves black for a gig.
We did it only once when we were playing at the Homies Where My Heart Is artshow. We wanted to do something different. We had performed naked before. This was just a perfect occasion for doing it again but painted black. It suited the dirty basement and the mood at the show.
Do you have any strong beliefs? What does Muck stand for?
Muck stands for doing what we want to do and not giving shit about what anybody else says. If we like it, we do it.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Nirvana and Sonic Youth in the 90s.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
We played in this little bar called Billabong bar back in 2009 in Denmark when we still had our old singer. It was sweaty and bloody. There were about 10 people at the show but the vibe was intense. We didn’t get chance to sell any merch because we had to rush to the hospital.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Caterpillarmen are a really talented prog band from our collective. They just put out a new record called Babycum and it fucking rules.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Free things. Seeing people have interest in what we’re doing – that fuels the flame. Being able to create something pure and inspirational. It strengthens you as a person to see that people believe in you and what you are doing.
Tell us a joke.
“The doctrine that the earth is neither the center of the universe nor immovable, but moves even with a daily rotation, is absurd, and both philosophically and theologically false, and at the least an error of faith.”
The Catholic Church’s decision against Galileo Galilei
Muck are putting out a thirteen-track album called SLAVES very soon. As if you needed telling: IT’S RUDDY AMAZING!! Their plan is to tour “as hard as [they] can” even though “it’s kind of hard to when you are stuck on a island that has one city and a bunch of little shitty towns all over the place”. Delightful. Go check Muck out on Facebook or even better at Gogoyoko and buy some stuff.