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.
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Genre-fusing Þhorir Georg kicked off the Friday night performances at Iðnó in a three-piece rock group, starting off with a low and somewhat soothing sound of fuzzy guitar and vocals. This was complemented by their calm and collected stage presence, but the excitement was still hinted at through subtle smiles during songs. By the second song, the charge kicked into the music, dominated mostly by the heavy percussion.
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To finish off night two of Airwaves, Thus Owls, a band hailing from Montreal, Canada, brought down Iðnó with its heavy beats and dramatic sounds. The five-piece group used several techniques and instruments unique to them. For instance, to kick off the set, guitar player, Simon Angell used a toothbrush and sponge to strum on his guitar, providing an eerie feel to the licks he produced. Erika Angell, singer of the group and wife to Simon pulled out a country harp and gave the music an ambient feel. One song they played that held particular significance was “Island.” Husband and wife, Simon and Erika said that they wrote the song while on their honeymoon in Iceland six years prior to this engagement. It did the country justice in a way that it put into perspective the vast amount of mystery hidden both outside of the city and within. The band overall sounded great however, for that venue they were much too loud. Simon also ended up breaking one of his guitar strings mid-song, but he recovered gracefully and without any interruption in the sound.
To start off day three of Iceland I went to the Ölgerðin Brewery to speak with two brew masters on the culture of beer and history of prohibition in Iceland.
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