Skátar // Live on KEXP from Iceland Airwaves 2018

Skátar // Live on KEXP from Iceland Airwaves 2018

PHOTO BY JIM BENNETT (VIEW SET)
WRITTEN BY DUSTY HENRY

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 Icelandic band Skátar. a pillar in the country’s DIY music scene, embracing a punk rock ethos with a compulsion to dance – and some makeshift ABBA tank tops to boot.  Writer Dusty Henry reported:

The stuttering rhythms, both in the drums and guitars, rattled the stage and reverberated throughout the room. It was a rambunctious and precise punk clatter, steadily picking up the pace the longer the band was on stage. The jagged beats were just as hooky as the deceptively catchy melodies. Undeniably, the band thrived on their intensity. Propulsive riffs and shouts blasted out at the crowd. You wouldn't know that the band had just recently started up again, moving fiercely and intently with the drive of a band invigorated a newfound inspiration. 

Read the full report here.


Recorded November 7, 2018

Songs:
Lime Of Love
Skálholt
Mahatma Gandhi
Pantee Lions

Hosts: Kevin Cole & Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineers: Kevin Suggs & Eyvindur Þorsteinsson
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D'Alessandro, Scott Holpainen & Matt Ogaz
Director: Justin Wilmore
Editor: Scott Holpainen

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