Hailing from Iceland FaMR comprises of four 20-year-olds from Reykjavík, Iceland - Kjartan Holm (guitar), Guðfinnur Sveinsson (guitar and piano), Elvar Jón Guðmundsson (bass) and Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson (percussion). Their music is best described as energetic, melodious post-rock, though being the natural creative visionaries they are, the band expand and even subvert their style with almost every song.
Starting life as a hard rock duo in a tiny garage in Reykjavík, Iceland, For a Minor Reflection (FaMR) morphed into an indie rock trio (for a week or so) and a blues quartet (for a little longer) before finally arriving at their current incarnation: instrumental post-rockers du jour.
Back in 2007, the quartet struck up a fan base with their self-produced debut album Reistu þig við, sólin er komin á loft... (Rise, the sun’s up...), a mesmerizing, hour-long tapestry featuring six songs and recorded over a weekend in their friend’s studio. This record, as well as their energetic live shows, earned them a slew of accolades, including favourable comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, Caspain and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Their fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós even described them as “a band with the potential to out Mogwai”.
Following a scintillating live performance at 2007’s Iceland Airwaves, FaMR were invited to undertake a two-week 2008 tour in the USA and Canada. Later in the same year the band were invited to do 15 dates with Sigur Rós on a European tour and used the opportunity to release their album on iTunes, as well as selling it on the tour. The band sold out on the 2000 albums they manufactured bringing the total sales figures of this modest demo recorded in a home studio to 5000 copies.
Needless to say the tour with Sigur Rós attracted the attention of a lot of promoters which landed them a showcase slot at Eurosonic at the start of 2009 and a months headline tour in Europe early summer last year Spending the rest of the summer writing a new album FaMR chose the Sigur Ros studio in Iceland to record 10 new songs with LA producer Scott Hackwith.
Kjartan Holm - guitar
Gudfinnur Sveinsson - guitar
Elvar J. Gudmundsson - bass
Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson - drums
Höldum í átt að óreiðu (Heading Towards Chaos)
Released in Europe in October 2010
"Reistu thig vid, solin er komin a loft...", 2007.
A firm highlight at EuroSonic
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They were a firm highlight at EuroSonic this month - this Icelandic group make ethereal, melody-soak...They were a firm highlight at EuroSonic this month - this Icelandic group make ethereal, melody-soaked music with international appeal. Available for publishing and records.
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For a Minor Reflection - Reistu thig vid, solin er komin a loft... We probably let this CD sit arou...For a Minor Reflection - Reistu thig vid, solin er komin a loft...
We probably let this CD sit around at TSB headquarters for a little bit too long, unaware of the glorious music contained within. We expected a four-piece instrumental band from Iceland to be going through the motions of Sigur Ros worship, but what awaits the listener on the Reistu tig vid, Solin er Komin a Loft... is an hour's worth of powerful, emotive instrumental rock that totally avoids the Scandinavian sound. Five tracks challenge the ten minute mark, and there's no shortage of ambition of clarity on this hot debut release. For a Minor Reflection is highly recommended for fans of Mogwai, Caspian, Pg. Lost.
Our typical set list is 3-4 songs of our own, never cover-songs.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.