And there it was, Saturday night. Taste of Iceland’s Reykjavik Calling in Cambridge, MA at the Middle East Club. Three Icelandic bands acting as ambassadors of music coming together with two local bands to bring Boston a cross-cultural event. Reyka Vodka supplied the alcohol, and a slew of Icelandic sponsors all helped in the event.
Hermigervill, or as he became known; Hamburgurville, started the show off with a high energy set. The crowd was instantly sucked in as he danced right along with his set. He gave a shout out to Reykjavik’s Harlem bar, as well as delivering a hip hop version of “Glugginn” by the old peace loving Icelandic hippies, Flowers. near the end he gave another nod to the Icelandic Reggae band Ojba Rasta with a remix of “Jolly Good.” The man rocks a theremin like nobody’s business.
Hermigervill always performs with an incredible amount of energy, bobbing in and out to and fro with such speed and vigor it’s tough to snag a clear pic. He was dead center when I hit the clicker on the ole camera, but only his ghostly remains were captured, he’s that quick.
There was so much energy in the crowd and on stage, so nobody could fault him as he attempted to squeeze one more in. Unfortunately the powers that be stepped in, and that was that.
Next up, Boston locals Skinny Bones played. A drum, a Guitar and a little Moog creating a pleasant set of shoe gazing rock.
Sin Fang, Sindri Már Sigfússon, was next. The crowd was in for it, as Sindri gave us samples of new bits as well as reworkings of old bits, while some bits stayed the same. He was joined on stage by Skinny Bones for a collaborative version of “Young Boys.”
Speaking with Sindri before the show, he mentioned we can expect new music from him shortly, and of course he’ll be touring in the future.
The Love Experiment was next. Dance, funk, jazz, soul…. Too many styles to list, all wrapped up in almost an hour of jamming on stage. There seemed to be a bit of freestyle jamming going on, especially once Joined by Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson and Logi Pedro Stefánsson of Retro Stefson.
3 out of 7 ain’t bad, and that’s what we got from the Retro Stefson camp. Unnsteinn Manuel Stefánsson and Logi Pedro Stefánsson joined by Hermigervill came on stage, bringing the Retro Stefson unique dance style with them. Perhaps the alcohol had been flowing a little too freely, or perhaps I was just in a good mood, but I really got into their set, though I will whole-heartedly deny any and all rumors of dancing…
To end the evening, all of the musicians came back on stage. There were sax’s, guitars, theremins and synths. A lot of singing and hanging out and of course, a cover of Lauren Hill’s “Ex Factor.” Because, why not?! Definitely a great way to end a great night.
I harassed Logi Pedro about Highlands, his new side project with Karin Sveinsdóttir. They are working away and hope to have something early 2015. They will be playing at Iceland Airwaves in November as well. He was nice enough to answer one of my questions: What animal, what song?” to which he replied “a lion, singing wrecking ball by Mylie Cyrus.”
And finally, let it be known that after Hermigervill’s set, and much to the chagrin of all in my household, I will very shortly own a Theremin… it’s time