89.3 The Current presents
featuring The Bad Man, Mammút, and Kælan Mikla
Admission is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 18+.
Reykjavik Calling concert, sponsored by The Current, comes to Minneapolis on Friday, May 3 at the Fine Line!
This free concert features a lineup of Icelandic artists including Mammút, a Reykjavik based rock band nominated for six Icelandic Music Awards and winner of Album of the Year; Kælan Mikla, a dark wave/synth punk all-female band whose fanbase includes the Cure’s Robert Smith. They will be joined by Minneapolis’ own The Bad Man, named one of the Best New Bands by City Pages for their high octane funk rock shows and sound.
THE BAD MAN
THE BAD MAN: Named a Best New Band of 2017 by First Avenue, City Pages Picked to Click in 2018, and fronted by one of the Twin Cities’ “most dynamic and devilish rock ‘n’ roll frontmen” (per Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune), The Bad Man is no stranger to fun. Known for their unpredictable and adrenaline-fueled performances, the band delivers a danceable, rowdy rock sound driven by guitar, saxophone, and a back-alley bounce. “Bum a ride, see ’em live, they’re worth the cover charge.”
Icelandic force MAMMÚT have been together since they were just 13. Founded in 2003 for a battle of the bands, their first live performance in downtown Reykjavik caught the attention of their hometown’s musical elite. The band released their debut self-titled album in 2006 via The Sugarcubes’ label Smekkleysa.
Two further albums in Icelandic followed on their native Records Records, gaining the band notoriety on home turf with six charting-topping singles and both records going gold. Third album, Komdu Til Mín Svarta Systir, was nominated seven times at the Icelandic Music Awards, taking home three prizes.
They signed to Bella Union, releasing fourth album Kinder Versions in 2017, their first record in English. The album received critical acclaim and found the band nominated for a further six categories at the Iceland Music Awards, taking home three prizes for Best Album, Best Song (“Breathe into me”) and Best Singer of the Year.
The band are Katrína Mogensen (vocals), Alexandra Baldursdóttir (guitar), Ása Dýradóttir (bass), Valgeir Vernharðsson (drums) and Arnar Pétursson (guitar). MAMMÚT are currently working on their fifth record.
Icelandic post-punk trio Kælan Mikla returns for the group’s third album, Nótt eftir nótt. Topping a year that catapulted the band onto stages shared with the likes of The Cure and Placebo, Nótt eftir nótt is Kælan Mikla at their most confident, and their most deadly. It’s been five years since Margrét Rósa, Laufey Soffia, and Sólveig Matthildur formed the band in Reykjavik, and after several tours and high-profiles stages, as well as two critically-acclaimed albums, Kælan Mikla has truly brought their A-game.
Starting off quietly with a creepy, gothed-out and ethereal intro, Nótt eftir nótt erupts with post-punk brilliance and synthlines that harken back to the bad old days of the Batcave, big hair, and Egyptian-inspired eye-liner. Tracks like the melancholy “Hvernig kemst ég upp?” are wonderfully delightful, while the band goes for the big goth dance number on “Skuggadans,” succeeding with glorious ease. Near the end of Nótt eftir nótt, when you’ve already ingested a healthy dose of Diamanda Galas meets The Birthday Party, the title track, produced by popular Icelandic electronic wizard Bang Gang, is basically perfect.
Hot on the heels of shows at Roadburn, Meltdown, and The Cure’s 40th Anniversary, as well as a Fall tour supporting King Dude, Kælan Mikla are set to take their place as one of darkest aural poets on the world stage.