|While it’s still unclear if this band is named after Iceland’s most miserable location – Reykjavík’s grey and dull central bus terminal BSÍ –, or an acronym for ‘Brussels Sprouts Intl.’, it’s clear that the duo of Silla Thorarensen (drums & vocals) & Julius Pollux Rothlaender (bass guitar & toe-synths) are one of the most unconventional bands emerging from Iceland’s flourishing DIY/DIT (=do-it-together) scene these days. With new singles, 25Lue and Dónakallalagið out, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss this double release as well as plans for the rest of the year.|
TF: You have a couple of new singles out, can you tell us more about them? And it’s unusual to release two at once, what made you decide to do it this way?
Sure! These two new songs are the first singles from our upcoming debut album, Sometimes depressed … but always antifascist. As the title might already reveal, this first album of ours will consist of two distinctly different sides, five songs low key heartbreak melancholy on the one side, five songs riot grrrl lofi-cute-punk on the other side.
Our new songs 25Lue and Dónakallalagið represent each of the two sides, 25Lue is the final song on the melancholic side of the album, whereas Dónakallalagið is the energetic and screaming counterpart from the …but always antifascist second half of the album.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
The first half of the year is pretty much about the release of our debut album, it will be out on May 21st, and there’s two music videos coming up, one in April, one in May! And then of course we’re hoping to get to play some concerts and tour abroad again, once the pandemic is dealt with and concerts are possible and reasonable again!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Our favourite venue…that’s a good question! There’s quite some venues we love here in Reykjavík (R6013!) and we’ve been to a few nice places and festivals abroad as well, but I guess we want to play more venues before electing a winner for this category! One of the next places we definitely want to go to is Scotland! If there’s someone out there that wants to book us for a show or festival there, just give us a call or send us a message! 🙂