>> Saturday, May 10, 2008
Last night I caught Toronto's Major Maker (second photo) and Iceland's Sprengjuhollin (first) at the Garrick, part of this year's Nuna (Icelandic) festival and it was a fun evening. Major Maker played a spirited set of dancy-rock numbers including their minor hit "Rollercoaster" and frontman Lindy proved to be quite the impassioned singer.
Sprengjuhollin - Icelandic accents and all - were tremendous live, considering they are a relatively new (and young!) band. They were charming, funny, unabashed, and played cohesively. I was deeply impressed with their nuanced folk-rock sound and expect to hear a lot more about them in the upcoming years. Yet another remarkable musical export from Iceland.
The singer even wore a shirt that read "Winnipeg, Manitoba". I gotta get a shirt like that. Even better: one that says "Transcona, Manitoba".
Current rotation: My Best of 2007 disc