Iceland’s For A Minor Reflection, whose whirlwind post-rock was a revelation at the Colour/ This Is Tomorrow show back in June, are featured in an article on The Guardian today. It focuses on how the country’s bands have survived the chaos of economic meltdown. In the case of FAMR, they’ve registered themselves as a business and taken out a bank loan to finance their forthcoming second album, which they’ve just recorded in Los Angeles.
According to the article, Iceland’s music scene has weathered the storm because the country’s size meant there was never that much money in music beforehand. As the article rightly points out, “music’s enduring popularity in Iceland has become a symbol of redemption from the failure of laissez-faire capitalism – a reminder that with talent and hard work, things can get better”. Definitely something for British bands worried about recession to bear in mind.