The first job for Thursday was to meet up with Atli and Georg from the band Spengjuhollin in Hresso for my first ever (maybe last...?) attempt at being a 'proper journalist'. They are lovely guys and were very gentle with me as we chatted for an hour over coffees. The results are in Friday's edition of the wonderful grapevine newspaper, I'll post the interview on here as well soon. It was great fun to do that so thanks to Birkir and Haukur at grapevine for giving me that chance, and to Atli and Georg for being very easy to interview. It can't have gone too badly, the band were on the cover as you can see, you can download the edition of grapevine here.
I managed to make it to a couple of off-venue gigs in the late afternoon. I'd been intrigued to see Agent Fresco so it was fortunate that they were doing their thing in Skifan as I wandered in - they were sounding really good. And then I went off to Mal & Menning bookstore to see my new best-friends Sprengjuhollin who made a lovely noise in that curious but sweet venue. I'll be off to catch their main show at the Art Museum on Friday night for sure.
As for the evening - I think I'm right in saying that I had never previously spent an entire Airwaves evening in just one venue, but I have now - the whole of Airwaves Thursday was spent in Tunglid. Unfortunately I only caught the last three songs from opening band Cocktail Vomit, but I'm pleased I got there in time for that - they were an ideal start to the night and got the large crowd dancing (and indeed twisting) early on. Next up were Sometime, who I had really enjoyed two years ago, and they put in a similar performance again, the crowd didn't seem to enjoy it quite as much though, perhaps a few minds were beginning to think about what was coming next. Ghostigital have always put on a superb live show, I have no idea how to define their music but I do know I love it. Einar Orn was on blinding form, intense and engaging throughout and I thought their set got better and better, including a brilliant version of Northern Lights. Einar was at his most 'Sugarcubesy' and I loved every single minute.
The original plan at this point was to get across to the Art Museum to see Gus Gus who were so amazing a year ago. One of the beauties of Tunglid is that you can see across the road to the queue for the Art Museum. the queue was long, very long and it was raining. So we stayed in Tunglid for XXX Rottweiler - I like a bit of Icelandic hip-hop and these guys put on a great show, the crowd were really pumped up, and I especially enjoyed the Gordon Brown baiting. My translator, the very lovely 'most offensive cartoonist in the world' Mr Hugleikur Dagsson, informed me that we were going to be beaten up for being British - I think he was joking. The Ghost were up next, who I find really engaging - he seems so desperate to please. To an extent he did so, but like earlier in the evening it did feel like the crowd were really waiting for what was coming next, in this case headline act and latest hot things, FM Belfast. I guess this was a big night for these guys (although they headline again at Nasa on Saturday night), the album is in shops today and they have a lot of hype going on. They were superb, determined to have fun themselves as much as the audience - both were easily achieved. They have excellent songs of their own, and their cover of Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name Of' is established as a crowd favourite but I also really enjoyed the little teasing snippets of other covers they played. They had a go at Toto & The Teenagers but what I especially loved was singing "What the fuck is going on" to the tune of Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey's 'classic', Easy Lover. Brilliant stuff, they really could be the next big Icelandic export.
Another fine night at Airwaves, and I managed to get the two hot dogs I craved this time. All is well.