Back in November 2018, KEXP took our annual trip to Reykjavik for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Over the span of four days, we broadcasted live from the renowned KEX Hostel, streaming live video of performances from Icelandic artists and other acts from the festival lineup. We’ll be rolling out these videos over the weeks to follow. Today’s feature is of psychedelic, fusion outfit Flamingods. Writer Dusty Henry reported:
Right away during their set at Kex, their reputation with a furious onslaught of disorienting sounds and feverish riffs. Each member wrangled their instruments with fierce intent, willing masterful noise to blare out from their amps. All four members wore matching jean vests emblazoned with their names. The trippy uniform was symbolic of their tightness as a group. While psychedelic can often get lost in a "jam" or "groove," Flamingods play with strict precision and never lose track of where the song is going. That's a notion that may seem obvious, but if you've ever gotten really into looping on a sweet riff, you know how intoxicating that experience can be. Even still, the band never loses that spirit of spontaneity and feeling like they could dive into the abyss at any moment – swapping instruments and trading places across the stage.
Read the full report here.
Recorded November 8, 2018.
Hosts: Kevin Cole & Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineers: Nathan Fustec, Kevin Suggs & Eyvindur Þorsteinsson
Audio Mixer: Kristian Craig Robinson
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D'Alessandro, Scott Holpainen & Matt Ogaz
Director: Justin Wilmore
Editor: Scott Holpainen