Sunday, September 14, 2008
Hellvar @ Swedish Dotshop
Bat out of Hellvar
Gloomy New Wave + Dark Electronix + Data Rock from Iceland ****
This item will be released on September 22nd, 2008
Rock meets Electronica and Electronica meets New Wave on this debut LP from Hellvar. Aptly titled "Bat Out of Hellvar", this CD isn’t quite the paradise by the dashboard light you might be familiar with but still carries with it a dash of dark paradise.
From “Insomnia” to “Nowhere” with an “Ice Cream Drum Machine” in between, the album has a bright yet gloomy vibe to it. The catchy “Give Me Gold” has proved to be something of a hit. Led by charismatic singer Heida, the band has proven to be a force in concerts and has already gathered a strong and loyal following in Berlin, where the band was founded by Heida and hubbie Elvar two years ago.
Already the band has proven to have a knack for the unusual. To celebrate the release of their CD, the band contacted the Reykavík bus company and played a set while driving a popular route.
“The experience is what counts,” says singer/guitarist Heida, “sound comes second. Driving through the streets of Reykjavík using public transport, watching the city life throught the window while listening to fun music. That’s something for the future.“ Although more than content with Hellvar’s novelty, the public transportation system in Reykjavík has yet to offer them a contract for the future. However, they will. Nobody can resist an offer from Hellvar.
Play with Dice
Ice Cream Drum Machine
Give me Gold
Like I Ache
Light & Sound