Every year I go through every single band playing at Iceland Airwaves and make sure I've listened to them all. As I've said before this is largely pointless as given the choice I will generally head straight for the nearest bunch of Icelandic musicians. For Iceland Airwaves 2012 I have listened to them all, I've read all the other great hints and tips and I've read the bios in the Iceland Airwaves booklet and website.
And so here is a list of the 10 overseas acts I may well seek out 2 weeks from now...
Swans - obviously. (pictured, above)
Purity Ring - just love finetime, brilliant tune. Plus they're on right before some band called Of Monsters & Men so it will probably be pretty quiet. Right?
Nelson Can - they come with a great live reputation, they sound great and have a song called Call Me When You Wanna Get Laid.
Ghostpoet - Mercury nominated, creative, original. A must see. Delighted that he shares a bill with Ghostigital. Scary. (pictured, right)
Friends - named after a sitcom, perhaps. Hipster as hell, but utterly addictive. Should be fun.
Haim - very buzzy right now in the UK, getting a load of airplay. On the strength of the single Forever, I'm keen to take a look.
DIIV - bit of a brooklyn underground super group, I can be a sucker for that stuff. Can't we all?
Jesuslesfilles - More Canadians at Iceland Airwaves, this time French speaking ones playing garage rock. I like everything about this!
Thee Attacks - excellent fuzzy rock songs by Danes. Really good album, and fabulous Rolling Stone magazine backed live performances. Worth seeking out their wonderful Christmas tune too, when the time comes.
I Break Horses - I started with an obviously. I'm ending with one. While you wait for Sigur Ros, this might keep you satisfied.