The Sydney psych rock trio, who have cited Iceland’s Sigur Ros as musical influences, recently beat out almost 600 other entrants to win FBI Radio’s 2014 Northern Lights Competition. They will now play their fuzzed rock to healthy looking Icelanders and drink unhealthy 80-proof Brennivin under a midnight sun.
First they will be drinking midnight beers at Manly’s New Brighton when they play a party presented by Noisey, I OH YOU and Pistonhead. Joining them will be seven-piece country punk string band Little Bastard and Wasted Years DJs. Entry is free but you need to RSVP here.
Ahead of visits to the New Brighton and the Land of Fire and Ice we caught up with The Walking Who drummer Paul McLean to get his impression on all things Icelandic.
We were very big fans of Sigur Ros a couple of years back. I heavily borrowed one of their drumbeats for a song off our b-sides album actually. Also they were my first introduction to anything Icelandic.
Hákarl (fermented shark)
Anything fermented; kimchi, fish sauce, sauerkraut, is mad flavourful. I expect rotten shark to be no different.
A big epidemic in Iceland at the moment is elf trafficking. Elves are being kidnapped from their Icelandic burrows and being forced to work in North Pole toy factories. You won't see a word of in the mainstream media though.
An Open Minded Voting Public (Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was the world's first openly gay Prime Minister)
We are strongly opposed to any forms of open-mindedness.
Iceland Airwaves Festival
I thihk it's the only festival in the world where you can sit in a volcanic hot spring with a beer and watch a band,. It's also the only place you will see the Knife's last show (or so I’m told).