Posted by: neilh10 | May 5, 2012


Back in October last year, I predicted good things for Of Monsters and Men, a young Icelandic band who had just signed to Universal Records.

Seven months on, they have already sold 100,000 albums in the US. I went to go and watch them on Tuesday night at the Hoxton Bar and Grill, it was a solid performance, but the hype was immense – every other person seemed to be filming the show with a camera phone, certain that they were in the midst of a historic moment and that next time round they would be playing the Royal Albert Hall. Such is the power of hype in the entertainment industry, particularly here in London.

Anyway, there are many many bands in Iceland who are as good, if not better, than of monsters and men. One such band is Seabear, who have been making atmospheric indie rock in the backrooms of Reykjavik for nearly a decade. KEXP (the same US radio station that ‘discovered’ of monsters and men) filmed them last year, this is the result.


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