Iceland Airwaves 2009 Part 1
The Drums, Hafdis Huld and
Friday saw former Gus Gus member Hafdís Huld celebrating the release of her new album with a special performance at, appropriately enough, Skifan record store.
Playing songs from her debut Dirty Paper Cup along with brand new tracks from follow up Synchronised Swimmers, Huld and her band enchanted the crowd with their summery pop – in stark contrast to the rainy weather outside.
Unsigned young Icelandic superstars in the making <3 Svanhvít! got the night off to a storming start at the Reykjavik Art Museum, with the many membered band drawing enthusiastic screams from the equally young crowd.
After jokingly announcing that the show would be their last, they then managed to squeeze a full set’s worth of energy into their remaining 30 seconds of allotted stage time.
New York’s latest buzz band The Drums mix 1980s Factory-esque bass lines with sweet harmonies and surf guitars. While on record the band are enjoyable enough if a little unaffecting, on stage they come to life with an infectious energy that quickly fires up the sizeable crowd.
Joined by a pair of synchronised backing singers, the four piece put on a great summer-pop sugar rush of a show.
Flights kindly supplied by Icelandair www.icelandair.com