My final pre Iceland Airwaves interview for this year is with Tilbury. They are almost certainly going to be the first band I see at the festival unless as they open proceedings in Harpa Silfurberg on Wednesday night. They may be a new band but some things about them might seem familiar - as we find out below the members are all a part of other bands (Skakkamange, Jeff Who?, Valdimar, Sin Fang, Hjaltalin and more) you know from the scene and I know of a lot of people will recognise the genius handiwork of Hugleikur Dagsson behind their album cover and other artwork. Yep, I needed to find out more...Tilbury - Tenderloin by RecordRecords
Hi Þorri, where are you right now and what are you doing?
Hi, I´m at the university library preparing my final thesis that I´m hoping to hand in this december.
I love how so many bands in Iceland share members, and Tilbury is one of those bands. Can you tell me who is in Tilbury?
Tilbury is Örn Eldjárn, Kristinn Evertsson, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson and me, Þormóður Dagsson. Last time I checked we are members of 15 other band projects, all combined.
The artwork on your album is awesome, what's the story behind it?
Thanks. It´s actually my brothers work, the cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson. The basic idea of the drawing comes from an old and weird icelandic mythalogical creature called "Tilberi". The Icelandic writer Þórarinn Eldjárn later wrote a short novel, Tilbury, where he uses this myth and puts it into a love story set during the second world war in Iceland. That´s also where the name of the band comes from.
In your wildest dreams, who would you most like to see at the front of the crowd at your show?
What else are you keen to see at Airwaves this year?
I´ve been listening to a lot of the artists that are coming this year and I really excited about nearly all of them. I especially like Blouse and I think we are playing on the same venue on the same night. So that´s going to be exciting. And then there all the local acts. I´m looking forward to seeing Kiriyama Family, Ásgeir Trausti, Cheek Mountain Thief, Ojba Rasta and many more. It´s gonna be a good party.
Can you pass on some tips for first timers at Airwaves and in Iceland?
Don´t come too prepared. Leave open slots on your agenda for unexpected experiences.
How can you not catch Tilbury at Iceland Airwaves 2012? You have the following seven chances!
Wednesday Oct 31st: 2pm at the Inspired By Iceland venue, 5pm at the wonderful Kex Hostel and 8pm at Harpa Silfurberg (see you there!)
Friday November 2nd: 7pm at Hotel MArina and 10:30pm at Deutsche Bar.
Saturday November 3rd: 2pm in Restaurant Reykjavik and 4pm at Kolabrautin Bar.
...and I'll see you at Iceland Airwaves 2012 xxx