To say that Reykjavik rockers Mono Town have had quite a year is an understatement. The band helped inaugurate Iceland’s first All Tomorrows Parties Festival, had their KEX Hostel performance broadcast around the world on KEXP-FM, and they opened for The Pixies; not bad for a band that has yet to release their debut album. I sat down with the band before their KEX Hostel set to hear the Mono Town story and where the recording of In The Eye Of The Storm has taken them.
When I arrived in Iceland one of the stories I was most excited to dig into was the exploration of creativity and politics, a conversation that Reykjavík is at the center of.
Mayor Jón Gnarr, a famous comedian come politician had taken the debate to new extremes by using comedy as a pillar of his platform and winning an unheard of majority for a fringe party. However my story took a turn when on the 30th of October Gnarr announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his term, despite being the largest party in the capitol with 37% support, 2% more than he was voted in on.
This picture is all over the city, except usually with angel wings…
Here’s a taste from my interview with the colorful mayor where he talks about his decision to leave politics and showcases a bit of his quick wit.
Check back soon for the full documentary about politics, Icelandic and American, as well as were and how creativity plays into the equation.
Also included in the two-hour special were six preview pieces showcasing different parts of Icelandic culture, ranging from literature to Norse mythology to films to food. Click on the links below to listen to the show in its entirety.