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(Tractor) Seattle-by-way-of-Iceland country-rock combo the Foghorns (who are signed on Wisconsin label Beefy Beef Records to make things even more geographically confusing) are, to put it mildly, a band with catholic tastes. They've stocked their repertoire with a couple of traditional waltzes that sound like something the Smithsonian recorded in Appalachia in the 1950s, but they can also let go with a Black Lips–style stomper when they're ready to rock. One song, "Old Bachelors in Cleveland," twangs like a country song, but sashays with an honest-to-God hula beat. The Foghorns could very well be the local band with the biggest arsenal of genres in their pocket, and they're definitely the best country band in Seattle that can also whip up a catchy synthesizer riff at a moment's notice. PAUL CONSTANT
From The Seattle Weekly
From KEXP Song of the Day
photo by Adam Scott
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show Host Kevin Cole, is “Old Bachelors in Cleveland” by The Foghorns from their album A Diamond As Big As The Motel 6 available on Beefy Beef Records.
This week DJ Kevin Cole has taken us on a musical journey that has spanned not only several genres but also the globe. Today’s artist has done that as well. The Foghorns are the brainchild of Bart Cameron who originally hailed from Wisconsin and formed the band as an outlet to play bluegrass/rock music before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where he performed with members of the Cobble Hillbillies. As if that wasn’t enough, after receiving the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, Cameron packed his trunks once again, this time for Iceland. There in addition to his studies, he spent a few years touring the country (often only with a bucket player as accompaniment) and playing music festivals including the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Cameron and the rest of the touring band now reside in the Emerald City and bring us their fifth studio release from the Wisconsin-based label Beefy Beef Records (where according to their website, “so much is at steak”). Today’s song “Old Bachelors in Cleveland” is in a similar vein as fellow Seattlites The Duchess & The Duke (folkadelic) but still maintains its bluegrass roots and instrumentation (namely the slide guitar). The lyrics, laden with melancholy and the harmonies of Cameron and vocalist Katie Quigley invite listeners to continue that journey Bart Cameron started so long ago.
You can catch The Foghorns at the Blue Moon on November 13th and a few other places around town. Check out their MySpace page for dates. There’s plenty of videographic evidence of The Foghorns various incarnations between Seattle, Brooklyn and Iceland and their YouTube channel. Here’s a version of “Sleepy Waltz” recorded at the Tractor Tavern just three days ago!
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There’s a growing number of country-based folk bands appearing throughout the Seattle area and the latest to warrant your attention is the male/female duo The Foghorns. This week they released their new record, A Diamond As Big As The Motel 6, on Beefy Beef Records. Their home may be Seattle, but they’re not strangers to the world, having resided everywhere from Ireland to Wisconsin to Brooklyn.
The Foghorns’ old-time country-folk is filled with emotive verse, lovable in all its harmony, and the perfect lament for the wanderer. Songs like “Not Every Horse” are ripe with emotion, while others like “Rose” and “Old Bachelors In Cleveland” are just plain excellent. “Brooklyn Bridge” even pulls out pop keyboard riffs and jangle guitar!
These tunes easily place The Foghorns in company with The Banyans for the best new Seattle folk band of the year.
Next week The Foghorns exit the state of Washington for a tour across the country in support of A Diamond As Big As The Motel 6, hitting some favorites, including Moscow (ID), Minneapolis, Omaha, and Eugene along the way. For a full list of dates, head over to The Foghorns on MySpace.
From the Weekly Volcano
BART CAMERON: I don't tell these stories because they're awkward. All of it has been intense as it went along, but it's hard to summarize. Here's the history, leaving out some personal stuff.
[Bob’s Java Jive, Foghorns CD release show with Former Foxes, The Variety Hour, Phantom Fireworks, Friday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m., 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]
From The Onion, Madison Wisconsin
Racine, Wis., native Bart Cameron's band The Foghorns has certainly dragged his songs through some odd journeys. Cameron first formed the group after moving to Reykjavik, Iceland, to work as a journalist. After playing around Iceland and even touring the States, Cameron moved to Seattle, re-formed the band, and kept writing country- and folk-influenced songs marked by numerous benders, freezes, thaws, and layovers, but with a modest, even self-deprecating finish. Having introduced a new hometown to its wry charms, the band's out on tour behind a new disc, the wonderfully titled A Diamond As Big As The Motel 6.
From The Edinburgh List
There’s something dark at the melancholy heart of lead Foghorn Bart Cameron’s country-tinged missives of loves past, present and possible. On a low-key two-date Scottish stopover in a stripped-back duo format, some-time Reykjavik resident Cameron’s downbeat demeanour is offset by the honeyed counterpoint of co-vocalist Katie Quigley in a short set of gentle heartbreak. Standing side by side, Cameron in vintage suit, Quigley swaying with hands in print frock pockets, and with only their voices and an acoustic guitar for company, a doleful harmonica sets the tone, with most songs drawn from this year’s Beefy Beefy Records release, ‘A Diamond As Big As The Motel Six.’
Cameron’s milieu is old-time booze-soaked laments deep-fried with dust-bowl languor. The delivery is as contrary to the band name as possible, with only the throwaway rites-of-passage boogie of ‘Brooklyn Bridge,’ when the're joined by Iceland's own Benni Hemm Hemm on drums, coming close to bottle-smashing clatter. Cynicism and idealism step out together on ‘Old Bachelors in Cleveland,’ a gentle sneer at aging singletons
once the narrator’s own true love has come calling. This was presumably written before the adulterous smooch of ‘Sleepy Waltz,’ which, like a Raymond Carver miniature set to a slowed-down n’ woozy melody from The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Sticking With You’, shuffles through its after-hours liaison with a set of conflicting emotions that are as bittersweet as they are unrepentant in a swoonalong song worth staying out late for.
The Foghorns and Benni Hemm Hemm play Pivo Pivo, Glasgow, Thu 6 Aug
From The Reykjavik Grapevine, Reykjavik, IcelandSometimes you just want to kick back with a beer and listen to some high quality tunes without all the bullshit. The Foghorns have it covered with their folky jams. The band – a beloved mainstay on the Reykjavík scene a couple of years back, until they relocated to the US of A – are making their return to Reykjavik to celebrate the release of their fifth album, A Diamond As Big As the Motel 6, written and recorded in the American Northwest. The Foghorns are a tried and tested live band, their melodies are sweet and the accompanying lyrics (by former Grapevine editor-slash-legend Bart Cameron) make the mix one not to be missed.
From Exit 133, Tacoma Washington
The Foghorns, a band from Seattle with midwestern roots and an Icelandic influence, will be playing Bob’s Java Jive again tonight. We mentioned these guys before and we heard good things about the show from you. Plus, we like the poster.
1. The Foghorns’ music is a lot like their story: messy, weird and utterly captivating. Their songs rattle and ramble like good tavern tales. They beget more questions than answers. And you always want another round. Check them out tonight atBob’s Java Jive with Vacant Stairs and The Upperhand.
Wednesday, May 20
The more I learn about Seattle’s self-described “mavericks of anti-folk,” The Foghorns, the less I seem to know. And the more I want to learn. And the harder this article becomes to write.
I should have never interviewed Foghorns frontman and founder Bart Cameron. Everything I needed for a boilerplate riff was right there on their MySpace page: good tunes, a fun bio, even some tasty quotes. (My favorite: “If Bob Dylan recorded a Philip Roth novel with Crazy Horse as a backup band, that would be an enormous influence.”) But no, I had to peer into the soul of The Foghorns. I had to know: What-makes-you-tick?
So I met Bart Cameron at The Red Hot for beers, and now I’m just confused. How do you tell the story, in 325 words, of a band that started in Wisconsin, and then shifted to Brooklyn, and then Iceland (Cameron scored a Fulbright to study there), and then back to Wisconsin, and finally to Seattle? Oh, and then there’s the part about how Cameron was underground on the subway — under Ground Zero, that is — when the World Trade Center fell. And don’t forget the time he was electrocuted onstage at a festival because the third-place contestant from Icelandic Idol had spilled a bunch of water and Cameron’s shoes had holes in them because he was poor as hell, so when he stepped up to the microphone … bzzzzzzzzz! And was that in Reykjavik or Keflavik? And which one did you call “The Detroit of Iceland?” And was that with the full lineup, or just you and the bucket player? And what kind of bucket are we talking? Plastic? Metal? About how big?
The Foghorns’ music is a lot like their story: messy, weird and utterly captivating. Whether it’s just Cameron and a bucket man or the current ensemble of five, their songs rattle and ramble like good tavern tales. They beget more questions than answers. And you always want another round. — Mark Thomas Deming
[Bob’s Java Jive, with Vacant Stairs, The Upperhand, Wednesday, May 20, 8 p.m.. $3, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]
From Three Imaginary Girls, in Seattle Washington
(It's a podcast, so you have to listen for a while to the get to the part where they say we're cool, and we have a good DIY thing.)
It's here at http://wwww.threeimaginarygirls.com/audio/2008dec/podcast1
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the middle of some frozen nowhere, a man is warming up his poor raggedy
ass in a cabin, sipping whiskey and dreaming of home. He'd probably feel a
lot better if he could hear The
Foghorns, a band that recorded much of its album
New Low after a wearying trip from its Reykjavik base to
Brooklyn. Wisconsin native Bart Cameron and his Icelandic pals play
bluesy, folky tunes that make reliable companions in the middle of this
shitball winter. It's the kind of music that tired people play best, and
these folks were indeed pretty worn out by the time they started their set
Thursday night at Cafe Zoma, a cozy
coffee shop/venue here in Madison. Australian violinist Marisa Allen, who
has a project called
Bremen Town Musician, brings yet another welcome layer of melody and
warmth to the band's current U.S.tour.
Bart's got plenty of stories about his move overseas, and told some in an interview for our local edition of The A.V. Club. However, the song "Golden Ghosts" (MP3) tells it much better. That version is from Olympus, a free recording of the band's going-away show in Reykjavik last year.
From the UW Oshkosh Student Paper, the Advance Titan
Reykjavik Rock Hangover
Arts & Entertainment
The Foghorns to blow sounds of ironic folk rock at the Reptile Palace
by Megan Sheridan, of the Advance Titan
|Issue: Thursday, February 08, 2007|
Added: 2/7/2007 11:16:55 PM
The Foghorns are smart, talented and hard working, but they do not in any way
take themselves too seriously.
“People try to take us seriously, and it gets depressing quick,” said Bart Cameron of The Foghorns. “I know serious. I’m a friggin Fulbright Scholar. Serious is a waste of time and, most importantly, a waste of good music.”
“Just ‘cause you’re serious doesn’t mean you’re good,” said Marissa Allen, violinist for The Foghorns.
The Foghorns formed in 2002 with Cameron and brothers Steven and Kevin Firchow, and has had a rotating lineup ever since. Cameron and Steven Firchow began recording Foghorn music in Wisconsin and, according to their bio, Kevin Firchow joined once he found out they were using his drum set.
“The Foghorns was the name of my recording projects that I did with Racine, Wisconsin friends. I always asked musician friends wherever I lived to help,” Cameron said.
In 2003, Cameron moved to Iceland and began working for the Reykjavík Grapevine, an English language newspaper that provides information for visitors.
“I was in Iceland playing Foghorns music, and I toured with a band called Touch that just started jumping on stage. And it suddenly made a lot more sense,” Cameron said. “With Boddi and Kopur, I realized we actually had a band, and then we asked Marisa to join in, and we were stunned that this worked.”
The Foghorns currently consist of Cameron on guitar, vocals and harmonica; Boduar “Boddi” Reynisson on bass and vocals; Kristjan “Kopur” Petursson on drums; and Allen on violin. The Foghorns consider Iceland to be their home base although Cameron now lives in Seattle and Allen resides in Australia.
“Iceland is our home, as a band. Reykjavik and especially Isafjordur in Northern Iceland have been incredible to us,” Cameron said.
Since 2002, The Foghorns have released four albums on indie label Beefy Beef Records.
“We made a Foghorns record and we thought we’d give it out, but we went through 300 copies in a couple weeks and realized we could sell them. I really hate selling things, and, at the time, I was teaching English and selling short stories and it just seemed like a bad idea to get distracted, so these friends from Wisconsin offered to help,” Cameron said of Beefy Beef Records.
The Foghorns recently released “New Low” which was listed in the top 30 Icelandic albums of 2006 by the Reykjavik Grapevine. Their music is a combination of folk, blues and rock and is described by them on MySpace as “A Wisconsin pool hall. Or a Sunday morning Reykjavík hangover just after your first piece of bacon.”
Playing live shows is one of the things that The Foghorns both enjoy and pride themselves upon. At times, their live shows have consisted of a full band, a single person or two people with a guitar and a bucket.
“We once toured Iceland on a bucket and acoustic guitar, and it worked because we refused to stop practicing and playing until it was something worth seeing,” Cameron said.
They admit, however, that playing in the United States is far easier than Iceland because of the language barrier.
“Brooklyn and Madison, Wisconsin are great, and as a songwriter, it’s a little easier performing for people who understand English easily—I didn’t realize the songs were funny until I played in Madison and they wouldn’t stop laughing and let me play the second verse of ‘So Sober,’” Cameron said.
Shows in Iceland end up with a little different response from the crowd.
“In Iceland, people don’t start laughing until half an hour after the show is over,” Reynisson said.
Regardless of what they play, or where, The Foghorns promise a good show.
“You should expect to see a band playing their guts out. We’ll do it with anything we have, everything we have,” Cameron said.
The Foghorns will play at The Reptile Palace Friday Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. with Machine Gun Joe. The show in Oshkosh was booked not by chance because Cameron enjoyed the venue and some of the bands that played there.
“I was in the Midwest interviewing Garrison Keillor, and I went to The Reptile Palace and saw Machine Gun Joe, and I thought it was the goofiest, most beautiful, most Wisconsin thing I’d ever seen. I knew if I ever had a chance, I’d go to that bar, and play with that band. This Oshkosh gig is the reward of the tour, it’s our chance to really have fun and enjoy ourselves,” Cameron said.
The band urges UW-Oshkosh students to come out and see the show because not only are they talented musicians, they’re good looking.
“We’re beautiful,” Reynisson said.
“It’s true. He’s Icelandic and beautiful. I’m from Wisconsin, so you can see me cause I write songs that will get you through winter,” Cameron said. “This album we’re touring on, it’s about life in a pretty difficult place, and I think it reminds you of how beautiful and sad the struggle is.”
“Bart, you won’t make it on your music. It’s gonna be your looks,” Reynisson replied.
From the Northwestern, the newspaper in Oshkosh.www.thenorthwestern.com
Posted February 8, 2007
From THE ISTHMUS
Collecting MadVideos -- The Foghorns perform
The live concert video follows below.
The song performed in the video clip, "So Sober," can be found in another
live version on The Foghorns' 2006 release New Low. The album's liner
notes provide a brief history of the group:
Bart played the Foghorns in the New York bluegrass community from 2002-2003. Then came the Iceland bucket experiment. The success of the bucket experiment, and the limited release album, So Sober, led to the new Foghorns four-piece band. That band recorded a double album throughout the United States and Iceland, and released it in October 2006 in Iceland after a series of performances at the Iceland Airwaves festival.
Both The Foghorns and observers deemed this Madison tour stop a success. "Madison and CafÃ© Zoma and the many people who came out and bought our CDs and every shirt and sweatshirt we had," the band proclaimed, "Madison you have completely saved us." Scott Gordon, the city editor for the Madison edition of The Onion, agreed with this assessment.
More information about the band can be found in anarticle published by the UW-Oshkosh Advance-Titan, and in a profile provided by the Iceland Airwaves festival. More of the music is available for listening on the band'sMySpace page.
If you're traveling to Iceland, one good place to see if The Foghorns are playing is The Reykjavik Grapevine, an English-language alternative-format magazine published 18 times a year. Cameron edited the publication before turning more of his attention to music.
If Dylan did punk, he'd sound like Foghorn
Band: The Foghorns.
Lineup: Bart Cameron, vocals/guitar/harmonica; Bodvar Reynisson, bass/vocals; Kristjan Oli Petersson, drums; Marisa Allen, violin.
Genre: Icelandic folk rock.
Web site: thefoghorns.com or myspace.com/thefoghorns.
Formed: Right after the events of Sept. 11.
Signature sound: Hard to nail down, but vocalist Cameron says the closest he can decipher is "if Bob Dylan did punk." Then there is the incessant, driving beat of a drummer who "keeps going and going," so fans know there's just no standing still.
"It's definitely not something (where) you sit there and stare and go 'oh my God, that guy's brilliant.' You have to move with the music," Cameron, 30, says.
Vision in the Fog: When the band began, Racine-native Cameron (now based in Seattle) says it served as an outlet for expression, wrapped around what happened on Sept. 11. After putting out some CDs, it suddenly became a success.
On the road now, "we just try to present something as honest as possible. We sing in a way we're not hiding anything," Cameron said. "We strip everything down to try to talk to the audience."
Icelandic influence: Going to school at UW-Madison years back, Cameron quips that a slip-up in class schedules led him to take Icelandic Literature, and later, he applied for an Albright Fellowship to finish a novel in Iceland. That's where he started throwing parties with another musician, a guy who'd hit a bucket while Cameron played guitar.
"I started getting invited to go out. I was playing all over Iceland with this guy beating a bucket," he remembered with a laugh. Soon he found a full band lineup, and The Foghorns played bigger festivals, including a 13-hour concert where the bucket resurfaced.
In their iPods: When they've got down time on their American tour, The Foghorns posse plugs into a vast spectrum of influential Icelandic, mainstream and indie artists. Groups like The Black Keys, T Model Ford and Benni Hemm Hemm rock their headphones. Then there are acts like Sigur Ros, Bjork, The Killers and Ben Kweller.
See them: Friday at 10 p.m., at The Reptile Palace, 141 High Ave. in Oshkosh, with band Machine Gun Joe. No cover. Fans also will be able to get a copy of the new album, "New Low."
Why you better be there: "The music's pretty (darn) good … it's actually, like, a band that you can probably relate to," Cameron says. And, The Foghorns firmly believe in earning their audience. "We try to play places where we will really surprise a crowd, and get a 'oh, they're actually good' moment."
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The Foghorns have been pretty active in the music scene the past couple of years, playing numerous shows but never drawing a big crowd. The brainchild of former Grapevine editor, Bart Cameron, this release was partly recorded live in Reykjavík and partly in some (I imagine) seedy locations in Brooklyn and Wisconsin. The sound is rough and lo-fi but perfectly fitting the Bruce Springsteen folk-punk rock (think Nebraska, not Born To Run). Lyrically it’s an album of sorrow, sadness and longing – the bitterness shines through. It sounds honest and raw with a feeling of intensity; as if the band has a point to make and really, really wants the listener to get it; as if they care about their work, getting the music out just to get it out and not because they think it will make them lots of money. It won’t. So throw all the money you can spare at them because this is a fucking great CD.
Some news from Iceland now. Or from USA via Iceland. Bart Cameron and Paul Nikolov are the prolific editors of an english languagenewspaper in Iceland, about Iceland and Icelanders, the target group being tourists, but equally read and enjoyed by locals as well. They also happen to beThe Foghorns, an interesting, lo-fi duo consisting of Bart's singing and guitaring, and Paul's appalling yet strangely enjoyable banging on an enormous steel bucket, thus providing what might be called a beat of some sorts. Now I haven't seen them play in a while, but I've heard they've expanded their live set, indeed it seems the band has up to 8 members currently.
Here's what they have to say about themselves:
From Brooklyn, Bart went home to Racine Wisconsin and put together the first Foghorns album in summer 2002. Another one came along in 2003, with Bart beginning to scrounge Brooklyn for live musicians. With his move to Iceland, he found new sounds. The Foghorns now often feature a bucket, flat-picking guitar and harmonica. In 2004, the Icelandic version of the Foghorns released So Sober, and they have since played regularly throughout Iceland. 2006 will see the release of another Wisconsin album, New Low, a re-release of So Sober with live tracks, and quite possibly, a new Iceland album. All albums are limited in distribution. On sale at 12 Tonar, Smekkleysa or Naked Ape or the live shows.
You might wanna check out theirofficial home page, theirmyspace page or begin by downloading a few tracks to have a nibble. And read theirmagazine while listening.
The Foghorns -Sunny days
The Foghorns -Worst song
The Foghorns -Filthy old man
posted by magnusk @21:24
and a few other places.
Live On Stage UK
Airwaves / Grand Rokk, 19 October 2005:While they were setting up their equipment, I checked the festival guidebook to find out where The Foghorns originated. Sadly, all the guidebook could tell me was “Respect the bucket”. As it turned out, those three words spoke volumes.
I’m not a fan of country music – it’s rare for me to enjoy a harmonica – but something I was discovering was that Icelandic musicians have a habit of twisting genres into their own Icelandic style.
As it turns out, although The Foghorns are based in Iceland, they are also based in Minnesota, USA. Therefore, all I can suspect is that the music is entertaining because it sounds like a humorous version of Bob Dylan. Stand out lyrics are “This is a bad place to be sober … and awake”, and “I’m a filthy old man you date ‘cause you got nothing better to do.”
What is most important about The Foghorns is that I mention the performance given by the drummer during their set at Airwaves. For the first song or two, we watched the drummer slowly setting up his kit – the percussion meanwhile being provided by “Das Bucket”, a man and a large washbucket. Then he looked like he was about to do something. Close to the microphone, this enormous viking of a man daintily held a triangle in his left hand. In his right hand he brandished the beater while a look of concentration crossed his brow. The air was thick with anticipation as the song being played at the front of stage seemed to blur out of existence. All eyes focussed on the hairy man about to make a sound so delicate it would seem to absurdly contrast against his enormous frame. Then he put his triangle and beater away without doing anything at all. We were puzzled. Then later in the song he lifted it to the microphone again, waited, then returned it to its place on his lap. This happened for the rest of the set. Our silent drummer lifting and lowering his triangle while sitting behind his equally silent drum kit. I had another act to race off and see, but if it wasn’t for this drummer, I’d have been there on time. Instead I waited through three more songs waiting to see him deny the tiny triangle its sole reason for existing. I’m told he did play the drums for the last song in The Foghorns’ set but, for me, that could ruin the spectacle.
In my personal opinion, The Foghorns at once provided the most frustrating and yet exciting show of Airwaves’ opening night. Not because of what they did but because of what they did not.
Posted by Greg at November 25, 2005 11:53 PM
Rarity in Rock II: Iceland Airwaves Part I
On Wednesday (the opening night), only four of the six Festival venues hosted
shows, which made choosing bands ultra easy and allowed some extra leeway to
learn the ins and outs of Reykjavik's 101 area. I decided to spend a majority of
the night at a pub called Grand Rokk, where I was pleasantly surprised by most
of what I saw from an almost all-Icelandic lineup. The opening act had a killer
name, Vaginas, but their sloppy Rock and Roll sound didn't do the name justice.
The next act up was a group of young Icelanders by the name of Benny Crespo's
Gang that had the tight sound and drumming of Demure-era Engine Down and
combined that quite nicely with a dancy keyboard riff or two and male/female
The Foghorns followed up next with an equally impressive set, although the musical differences between the two acts couldn't have been greater. Where the Gang went for noisy rock and aggression, the Foghorns were a Dylan-esque singer/songwriter by the name of Bart Cameron being backed up by a percussionist playing a steel bucket. The members of the Foghorns are Americans that live in Reykjavik, and just happen to run the alternative English weekly, Grapevine, but I didn't know these facts while watching them and they were listed in the Airwaves magazine as an Icelandic band so the singer's American accent was more than a little jarring.
a very foggy interview with The Foghorns
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF/YOUR BAND?
"A collective based around Bart Cameron, the Foghorns rock (that is rockabilly mixed with country and folk). When Bart moved to Iceland, the band got weirder, with a new lineup, including bucket players, violinists, various oddballs. Lyrics are supposed to be a feature..Bart wrote and taught fiction and poetry in Brooklyn before Iceland happened. But the Icelanders in the band are good and have made the music genuinely musical."
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU AT AIRWAVES?
"We´re coming home to Iceland, we´re releasing our new album. You can expect an end-of-the-world show: we´re playing for our friends one last time before setting out on US tours."
WHATS YOUR MYSPACE ADDRESS?
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON SEEING AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL? ANY FAVORITES?
"Absolute favorites are Icelanders Benni Hemm Hemm, Skakkamanage, Reykjavik!, I Adapt, My Summer as a Salvation Soldier, Dyrdin, Mugison, Lay Low and the Nine Elevens, all better bands than are playing anywhere in the world. As The Foghorns are leaving Iceland and we have to watch a bunch of hacks imitate their favourite lo-fi bands off of Pitchfork, we´re looking forward to seeing real music. For foreign bands, Brazilian Girls have an amazing lead singer, Walter Meego have a good vibe, and I´d like to see Nico Muhly and The Cribs. Still, if you´re an Icelandic band, this is a chance to support your friends, so I doubt I..ll get out to the foreign shows."
ASSUMING YOU HAVE ATTENDED THE FESTIVAL, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE AIRWAVES MOMENTS?
"I´ve attended often. Kira Kira and Eberg put on great shows a three years ago, both were weird, charming, and not very well-attended, so you lost the lame-ass festival feel and got instead a circus side show.. that´s the best part of Airwaves, the organizers put great bands on at the same time as they have the big name iPod draws. Two years ago, I Adapt and Æla rocked out a small stage at Grand Rokk to absolute mayhem. I also enjoyed it when we got to play an outdoor concert, last year, in 0 degree weather, for our fans who couldn´t get into our show. A bunch of high school kids and Lithuanian soldiers started dancing with us. It felt like the real population of Reykjavik was finally getting to have fun at their own festival."
DOES A COMPLETE AIRWAVES EXPERIENCE INVOLVE GENERAL DRINKING AND DEBAUCHERY?
"Not for me. Why drink when pleasant things are going on? Drinking is for funerals or growing up in the Midwest, or interviewing actors (I´m a journalist by day). No, if I see drunks and idiots trying to hump people..s legs, and they..re at the festival, and they..re often Australian, I just leave and find a different stage. My suggestion is find the drunk idiots, find the industry assholes, and walk the other direction, and you..ll have a great time."
ANY FINAL WORDS?
"Forget your iPod, forget the guide, forget the lines. Walk around randomly, experience Reykjavik, and go to the stages that aren´t crowded. See an amazing set by a band you don´t know and will never be able to see again. You can either go to a festival trying to find out what..s going to be in NME or on the radio, or you can actually experience it. These people who only listen to what hack journalists describe badly remind me of Midwestern jocks I knew who only dated women that their friends had slept with and reviewed well. Oh crap, that..s a weird sentence."
The Foghorns will perform Thursday October 19, 20:00, at Gaukurinn
From Iceland Airwaves MySpace interview,www.myspace.com/icelandairwaves