Iceland Airwaves Preview: Æla

With a name that translates to “Puke” in English, Æla has a unique approach to punk, with energetic live shows and interesting costumes. With the success of their first album, Sýnið tillitssemi, ég er frávik, loosely translated in English as, “Show some consideration, I am an anomaly” in 2006, the band released their long-awaited 2nd album, “Vettlingatök” this summer in July.

An annual fixture on the Iceland Airwaves lineup since 2005, Æla has been known to shock its audiences with explosive, energy-filled, chaos ensuing acrobatic performances. From their Youtube videos, it seems that cross-dressing complete with sexy nurse outfits, glitter beards, chair throwing, stage diving, and getting beer spilled on you is to be expected when experiencing an Æla gig. Hence they warn on their Facebook page, “Æla will blow your brains out if they want.” As they write on Facebook, “Those aspects are the core of the band’s mission: to harness the chaos, energy, absurdity and fun that is Æla.”

Check out their latest music video “Your Head is my Ground” off their newly released 2nd album, “Vettlingatök”.

Catch Æla’s electrifying live performance at Gamla Bíó on November 4th 2015 at 11:20pm GMT 

Follow Æla on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud

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