You would have to have spent the past month in a cave to have missed the fact that So So Gay recently reported from Reykjavik Gay Pride 2012. One particularly impressive part of the festival was the opening ceremony at the University Cinema. Among the acts performing at the event was Sykur. Hailing from the Icelandic capital, the four-piece, electronica band left a lasting impression on us with their thumping beats, pounding bass lines and exquisite vocals. We caught up with Kristjan from the band to find out more about Sykur.
So So Gay: Hi – how are you all today?
Sykur: Hi So So Gay! We are very good, thanks! We’re currently working in our studio in downtown Reykjavík where we’re cooking up some new material.
So So Gay watched you play at the opening ceremony of Reykjavik Gay Pride 2012. Why did you want to play at that particular event?
Well, the venue is great, and we can hardly imagine a better crowd than the one we played for. Gay pride is a festival that’s primarily focused on having fun together above everything else. What’s there not to like?
Who are your main musical influences?
Our musical influences are all over the spectrum. Everything from classical music to the synth pop of the 80s. A few examples would be Serge Gainsbourg, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, Air and Blondie.
One of the tracks on your new album is called ‘Reykjavík’. Why should people visit your home city?
Reykjavík is quite different from most other capitals of the world. It’s very small, with a myriad of small and quirky bars, a pretty relaxed and cultured atmosphere. And, best of all, you probably get to see us play live if you come visit!
Your stage performances are amazing. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Our gig at Iceland Airwaves 2011 was very fun to play. It’s an annual festival, held in autumn in Reykjavík and it’s basically like Christmas for the music scene here. Everyone wants to put on the show of a lifetime and show their best side to all the guests. This particular Airwaves, we had just released our latest album, Mesópótamía, and we were very excited to play it live.
Do you have plans to tour in the UK anytime soon?
We do have plans and we’ll make sure we let you guys know!
What can we expect from Sykur over the next twelve months?
You can expect at least one single being released internationally in the next few months. Aside from that we have some big things planned, but they are going to have to stay a secret until a bit further along the road.
Sykur’s first album, Frábært eða frábært, and the three singles, ‘Reykjavík’, ‘Curling’ and ‘Shed Those Tears’, from their second album, Mesópótamía, are available to download now from Amazon or iTunes.
You can find out more about the band on MySpace and follow them on Twitter (@sykurtheband)