The Fanpage of the Icelandic band Hellvar by Wim Van Hooste

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hellvar @ Styrktartónleikar HSS @ Friday 8. October 2010 @ Sódóma Reykjavík

Styrktartónleikar HSS
Support Gig for Þorbjörg
Music Program with
Noise, Coral, Æla, Vicky, Hellvar, Kallakór Kaffibarsins, Bróðir Svartúlfs
& more
Friday 8. October 2010
@ Sódóma Reykjavík, Tryggvagata
Þorbjörg Elín Fríðhólm Friðriksdóttir is a patient with a chronic lung disease
Donate here:
Bank Account of Þorbjörg 542-14-401515
& Kennitala: 061051-4579.

More information: Halli Valli Tel. 6928042

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hellvar goes NASA @ Airwaves 2010

Hellvar is playing @ a nice spot @ this year's festival.
@ NASA @ 19:30 on Saturday 16. October @ Iceland Airwaves 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hellvar @ Iceland Airwaves 2010 Festival

Points on Hellvar you need to know but were afraid to ask:
• Hellvar comes from Keflavík, the Murder capital of Iceland
• Hellvar was a drum machine-based band but has recently recruited a human
• Hellvar has two girls in it
• Hellvar broke some Chinese law while touring in China
• Hellvar sounds weird, especially the music
• Hellvar's debut album is called ‘Bat Out Of Hellvar'
• Hellvar wrote a song with Phillip Glass without telling him
• Hellvar tried to tell Phillip Glass but he never answered
• Phillip Glass receives royalties if you ask your local radio station to play the song ‘Nowhere‘ by Hellvar
• Hellvar is recording a new album to be released in January 2011
• If Hellvar was a restaurant it would serve Kebab and Falafel

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Review of Unun's "Super Shiny Dreams" in CMJ Magazine (1996)

Review of Unun's "Super Shiny Dreams" in CMJ (1996)
Another review online:
When the Sugarcubes decided to call it quits almost three years ago (the band referred to it as an "indefinite hiatus," but we all know what that means), distraught Sugarcubes fans were appeased by the announcement of an upcoming Björk solo album. Surely Björk's stuff would reflect and be influenced by the work she had done with her former bandmates. Or so we all naively assumed.
Then Debut was released, and suddenly we all realized we were going to have to share Björk with every techno-raver alive. Don't get me wrong, the dance-oriented direction of Björk's solo material isn't unbearable. It's just that the void the Sugarcubes left in my life when they broke up hasn't been filled by either of her albums.
Enter Unun, the Icelandic trio that features former Sugarcubes guitarist Thor Eldon. With the release of their debut stateside release, Super Shiny Dreams, my prayers have finally been answered.
Unun's guitar-driven catchiness rivals Tiger Trap and even Heavenly, sometimes surpassing them. Eight musicians play on the record, but the three core members are Eldon, Icelandic noise hero Dr. Gunni on bass and singer Heida.
Super Shiny Dreams is the over-the-top pop record that the Sugarcubes' quirky instincts never allowed them to make. All the stops have been pulled out with Super Shiny - it's pure ear candy from start to finish. You know when you hear a really catchy song, and then realize that if there were really epic keyboards added it would be the best song ever written? Unun uses those keyboards.
Maybe it's just an Icelandic thing, but Miss Heida sounds a lot like Björk on a really happy day after drinking way too much coffee. Unun's music definitely sets the stage for their super-catchiness, but it's Heida's hyper energy that makes this record worth listening to 20 times in a row. Her witty lyrics round out the whole picture, which she uses to discuss falling in love at a first-aid evening class ("First Aid") and falling in love with a TV star ("Kung Fu Blue"), and to compare getting fucked over by a lover to Christ being crucified in "The Good Friday": A very Good Friday/ maybe for Him who's nailed to the cross/ and excellent Friday/ for you who's nailing some uptown slut.
This is great pogo-pop with an excellent sense of humor - which is a major feat, considering that all these songs were originally written in Icelandic.

Saturday, September 04, 2010