Iceland Airwaves Day Three (11/7): King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Vintage Caravan (Review)

WCRX broadcasts from the heart of Chicago, but I don’t consider it to be “The Windy City” anymore. Wind speeds in Reykjavìk averaged 29 mph Friday, and walking in a straight line from show-to-show was difficult sometimes.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hit the stage at Gamla Bío just after midnight Friday before the wind really started to whip the city a few hours later.

There’s no easy way to describe King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Take two parts punk, one-part garage rock, and one-part screamo and you might have something close. One thing was for sure: Everyone who wanted to head bang was there. Wearing his guitar high-up like a nerdy kid wear his backpack, lead singer Stu MacKenzie screamed into the mic so loud it was impossible to hear what he was saying.

Everyone played as loud as they could, and they definitely rocked Gamla Bío. One of them even blew into a flute and harmonica sometimes. You couldn’t really hear him though over all the noise they made.


Icelanders seem to really focus on the music, keeping their eyes on the band at all times. They’re calm and attentive even during the most explosive moments. But at King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, everyone let loose. Some crowd surfed, and those at the very front thrashed wildly around.

The Vintage Caravan

There was something absolutely riotous about The Vintage Caravan. They brought a hard-hitting, straight up rock and roll set to the Iðnó stage at 9:40 pm. With classic ’80s arena-rock swag, guitarist Óskar Logi Ágústsson and bassist Alexander Örn Númason showed excellent stage presence and totally worked the crowd.

Ágústsson has long red hair that runs down his back, and he whipped it around like it was another instrument to play onstage. Every song had at least one screaming guitar solo, and Ágústsson’s faced looked like he was having an orgasm every single time.

The highlight of the set was when they busted into their hit “Expand your Mind.” The Vintage Caravan was an excellent set for anyone wanting to catch some real rock and roll.

Day three of Iceland Airwaves might’ve been miserably cold and windy, but some really great, energetic music brought the heat.


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