Iceland Airwaves Day Three (11/07): M-Band, Strigaskór Nr. 42, Oyama

M-Band utilized multiple distortion and loop machines to captivate the 2014 Airwaves crowd.
M-Band utilized multiple distortion and loop machines to captivate the 2014 Airwaves crowd.

Opening up the third night of Airwaves at Gamla Bíó, M-Band ominously crept through his nuanced, deep atmospheric set. Starting out only with vocals, Hörður Bjarnason built his entire performance into a haunting crescendo with pounding, repetitive yet complex bass structures that continually added minute elements into the atmospheric set. Utilizing his tenor vocals, he melded his nu-electronica set to electrify the crowd. By the time the set ended, the entire crowd was moving to his captivating soundscapes.

Strigaskór Nr. 42 played in front of a packed Guakurinn.
Strigaskór Nr. 42 played in front of a packed Guakurinn.

Veteran Icelandic death metal group Strigaskór Nr. 42 annihilated the crowd with their punishing, fast-paced arrangements. At the forefront of the early-’90s metal scene in Iceland, the group reached into the vault and played a few off of 1994’s critically acclaimed, BlótThey also tossed in a few from their newest release, Armadillo. In between the onslaught, the horn section was given time to shine and elevated the set to give a lighter aspect to an ominous set.

Oyama electrified the 2014 Airwaves crowd with their patented noisy dreamy vibes.
Oyama electrified the 2014 Airwaves crowd with their patented noisy dreamy vibes.

Oyama  dreamily strided through their set at Gaukurinn. Having played two off-venue shows earlier in the week, one being a KEXP live show, the Icelandic shoegazers delivered a complex and engaging performance. Working their way through new songs off of their debut album, Coolboy, they were joined on stage by album producer, Pétur Ben who lurked, distorting the groups collective guitars into a spiraling oblivion to add a dynamic component to a fuzzy, warm performance. Concluding their set, vocalist and guitarist Úlfur Alexander Einarsson climbed and stood on the barrier only to hand off his guitar to Rúnar, the drummer, who sat with Ben onstage distorting the final fading sounds from their roaring, spiraling set.

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