We’ve arrived in Iceland to cover Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories! Follow along on our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 daily blog and hear a preview interview with a band performing at the 2016 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival below.
“I’m going home forever,” sings Wesen’s Júlía Hermannsdottír at the top of the band’s latest single, “Beach Boys.” Itching to explore and live away from her home in Iceland, Hermannsdottír moved to New York City, a move that was cut short by her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. Unable to pay the costs of American health care, Hermannsdottír has reluctantly returned home. With the help of bandmate and longtime friend Loji Höskuldsson, “Beach Boys” tells the story of the struggle to fit back into life in Iceland.
The Reykjavík band’s debut record, Wall of Pain, is on the way, and apart from three singles, their music is widely unknown and unreleased. The two make an interesting duo regardless. Hermannsdottír’s lyrics are blunt and personal, but emotive, and Höskuldsson’s moving instrumentals fit right in. As Wesen continues to progress, their sound is a welcome addition to Reykjavík’s indie scene.
Wesen will be playing at the Iceland Airwaves music festival on Saturday, November 5th at Gamla Bíó at 8:50 pm, and Sunday, November 6th at Valshöllen Upstairs at 8:00 pm.