We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year with a Best Of Album and a big show in Reykjavik's Harpa concert hall on September 26th. The show is SOLD OUT but the CD is soon to be available online for delivery. Cheers! - hjálmar
Say hi to Stefan Krijnen at Groovmill who's going to be working with us in the Benelux countries (The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium). Groovmill is a music agency based in Amsterdam active in the fields of bookings, artist management and organizing events. For the types of artists and events Groovmill is involved with, crossing musical boundaries has become a standard rather than an exception so we are no exception there...we guess:)
Our album cover for Órar just got chosen as the album cover of the year at the Iceland Music Awards. The award ceremony itself will take place next Wednesday but this award was handed out on TV tonight. We congratulate Bobby Breiðholt and Jonina de la Rosa, our designers...and ourselves of course. Other awards we are nominated for are: Best Album & Text Writer of the year (Steini). We can also be voted for as the most popular artist/band on the news website mbl.is
"Icelandic reggae? We know what you’re thinking. What would a bunch of Norsemen know about tropical island music? A lot, it seems."
Back in October during Iceland Airwaves we invited the guys from radio KEXP to a jerk chicken party at our studio in Hljóðriti in Hafnarfjörður Iceland and performed a few songs for them and our friends. They recorded us live and now you can read all about their experience and check out the videos of the performance on the KEXP blog. If you'd like to indulge yourself in a hjálmar mini-concert you can watch the full-performance.
After playing Eurosonic in mid January we got invited to play at Bazant Pohoda festival in Slovakia. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it looks great. Dating back to 1997 it's the most popular open-air multicultural event in Slovakia, taking place at Trencín's airport. They have a great line-up and we were pleasantly surprised to see that our fellow Icelander Emiliana Torrini will be playing there as well this year. We are already excited!
We're back from Eurosonic where we had a great time. Now we'll just have to wait and see what the cat drags in. Coming up next week is something totally new to us. Icelandic artist Aðalheiður Sigríður Eysteinsdóttir specializes in making real size characters of wood. We've seen them and they are amazing. On Friday January 20th she will open an exhibition in Iceland where she has turned us into these characters. We don't know much but this we know: In the gallery there will be a venue with us on stage and audience attending the concert. We can't wait to see ourselves stiff as a board. Check out her work here.
At the moment we find ourselves in Groningen city, Netherlands, where we'll play at Eurosonic, one of the biggest showcase festivals in Europe. Our gig is tomorrow, Thursday Jan 12th at 00.30 - 01.45. Wish us luck.
Our new album Órar is out on CD, LP and MC. Yes it's right MC. You can check it out in the music section on this site. Órar is our 5th studio album. It was recorded in Hljóðriti studio in Iceland and released on November 3rd. With Órar we thought that this was the right time to take a bit of a leap in developing our sound further. We are using synthesizers, completely new sounds and just playing with electronic sound in general. Some people would say it's more upbeat and aggressive then our previous albums. But any way you look at it Órar is supposed to be a bit hard to digest.
Hey everyone and welcome! We finally have a proper website. Here you can listen to all of our music, read the latest news, check out photos and videos and...behold...buy CD's, LP's and even a little cassette. Yes indeed. We hope you like it.