Hraun

Hraun

 Reykjavík, Capital Region, ISL
BandFolkRock

I don't pitch in elevators. Meet me for whiskey in the lounge and I'll tell you all about it.

Biography

Born out of singer/songwriter Svavar Knutur's desperate need for an emotional outlet after a series of youth traumas, from the start, Hraun (Lava) has been a band capable of swinging between the lowest lows and highest highs in one concert. Often finishing their sets with crazy joyful party music that goes on into the night, Hraun is a joy to watch and listen to.

From stories of bitter break ups and loss of loved ones, to tales of clumsy hookups on the Icelandic party scene and raunchy rebels looking for a place to dance, Hraun delivers a very human experience.

In Hraun's opinion, no concert should have the same feel, every concert should be special, just like every night is unique. Therefore there is never a setlist, only a calling of songs that make up for the emotional sculpture of the evening.

Singer Svavar Knutur often performs as a solo troubadour act, singing the band's songs in cafes, churches and concert halls.

Press:

Hraun's debut LP "I can't believe it's not happiness" has gotten great reviews on icelandic national radio by local legend, DJ and rock prophet Andrea Jonsdottir. It has been described as "masculine, but with great feeling", "Artistic with a lot of heart" and "like lava rocks clad in a traditional icelandic woolen sweater."

Hraun Played a show in the main venue of Iceland Airwaves on Saturday 20th of october, warming up for Bloc Party and got rave reviews.

In December 2007 Hraun made it into the five band finals of the BBC world service contest "The Next Big thing". The band played in front of a jury at Maida Vale Studios in London. The perfomance was broadcast on radio, webcast and television on the BBC world service network.
Hraun received much praise from the panel of judges from around the world, to name a few examples:
Paul Stokes: "Hraun was my favourite band in the list. I admired the way they managed to mix the best of their own Icelandic music traditions with a wider world view without showing the edges. The result is a song that possesses both the sunshine of west coast America but also the mysterious introspection and smoky energy of a lava pool in Iceland. Yet the song never gets too esoteric and so it proves a soulful and vital listen."

Ben Hudson: "My winner by a nose is Hraun, with a beautiful song - I'd love it if we could get a translation. Loads of atmosphere and a great performance. Almost let down by being underproduced, but for me it was the most convincing performance."

Nina de Man: "If this is the sound of Iceland, I should start planning a visit! Beautiful!"

Sean Goulding: "Hraun brings a unique approach and demonstrates talent through their esoteric style. Although this is not a commercial type artist, this track interests me enough to want to find out more. "

Nitin Sawhney: "Hraun combine beautiful vocals with a very haunting and emotional quality, reminiscent of Sigur Ros and Damien Rice."

Seva Novgorodtsev: " Icelandic rain, acoustic guitar and a voice telling us of a thousand miles of empty space, where a person can be truly lonely. Haunting."

After a performance at the I Never went south music festival in the western fjords of Iceland NME described Hraun's short set as follows: "Hraun - possibly familiar to wider audiences after being finalists in a BBC World Service international battle of the bands last year - provided one of I Never Went South's biggest highlights, with a set that started with the band mixing Icelandic atmospherics with West Coast Americana and ended with them stripping down to the waste and screaming about lemon pie."

Hraun's second LP, "Silent Treatment," is scheduled for release on June 10th.
It continues the emotional path where "I can't believe it's not happiness" left off, into acceptance, rage, bittersweet longing and drunken mayhem.

Check out our webpage: www.hraun.co.uk

Lyrics

Clementine

Written By: Svavar Knútur

Oh my darling Clementine
How could I leave, while you were sleeping
Oh my darling Clementine
I couldnt bear to hear you weeping

You tried to teach me right from wrong
You tried to burn away my bad ways
But miserys a stubborn friend
And she persists in spite of good days

So I sailed from your white sands
On a ship of broken plans
And your face is on my mind
Oh my darling Clementine

Oh my lovely Clementine
Its such a hell to be without you
My soul tormented every night
And every day, I think about you

I adored your childish charm
Never meant to do you harm
And your pain is on my mind
Oh my darling Clementine

Oh my precious Clementine
I never dared to look behind me
All this time I ran and ran
And I ran aground, and I pray youll find me

And with all the damage done
I realise that youre the one
And I hope youll still be mine
Oh my darling Clementine

And with all the bad Ive done
I realise that youre the one
Im such a fool, will you be mine
Oh my darling Clementine

Astarsaga ur fjollunum

Written By: Svavar Knútur

Ég beið eftir þér
Ég beið langa stund eftir þér
og sól kom upp yfir snjóinn

Og nú er ég Hraun
ég er mosavaxið Hraun
en djúpt undir bergi slær hjarta
slær tröllshjartað enn...

English Translation:
I waited for you
I waited a long time for you
And sun came up over the snow

And now I am Lava
I am moss covered Lava
But deep under the rock beats a heart
beats the troll's heart still...

Goodbye my lovely

Written By: Svavar Knútur

It's time for me now, to gather my possessions.
I'll leave you my love and ride to the north.
once more...

No more will I sleep. No easy tomorrow.
My betrayal was deep and deep is my sorrow.

once more...

So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.
So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.
Once more...

We tried and we tried, to cover our pain.
But try as we might... Only my worthless heart remains.

So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.
So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.
once more...

So I ride in the north, in my saddle of shame.
I hide in the mist, cause I am the one to blame.

So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.
once more...
So goodbye my lovely, it's time we part.

So let us Drink

Written By: Svavar Knútur

So let us drink...

So let us drink and all our troubles will sink,
with a ship that we sailed for seven years or more
and now it's crashed, smashed, thrashed upon a rocky shore and I ask:
How could we wreck such a beautiful thing?
And I ask: How could we wreck such a beautiful thing?
Andi I say How could we wreck such a beautiful thing?
Andi I say How could we wreck such a beautiful thing?

Two tears for my honey!
Three beers for the show!
I think it's time we let those bad feelings go,
but I am trapped in a cage filled with darkness and rage and now I,
I think it's time we turn around...

I am a mess...
I am a mess of insecurities and stress...
I am a wreck!
I am a wreck round trip to Hell and back, but there's a silver lining to my cloud,
I'm gonna drink all night, I'm gonna shout it out loud!!!

Two tears for my honey!
Three beers for the show!
I think it's time we let those bad feelings go,
but I am trapped in a cage filled with darkness and rage and now I,
I think it's time we turn around...

How could we wreck such a beautiful thing? And I ask...
How could we wreck such a beautiful thing??? And I ask...
How could we wreck such a beautiful thing?!? And I ask...
How could we wreck such a beautiful thing!?!

Two tears for my honey!
Three beers for the show!
I think it's time we let those bad feelings go,
but I am trapped in a cage filled with darkness and rage and now I,
I think it's time we turn around...

Silent Treatment

Written By: Svavar Knutur

Morning grows near, oh I wish you were here,
as I toss and I turn in my bed.
I long for your touch and I miss you so much
and the silence has torn me to shreds.

But even in longing, I still feel the pronging
of misery's poisonous claws,
when in your perfection I catch my reflection
and in it my numerous flaws.

Babe, don't be afraid,
you know I love you with all of my heart.
Please listen to me,
don't let those wicked thoughts tear us apart.

You're brave and you're strong, I am timid and wrong,
you're a diamond and I am but coal.
You're the moon and the stars, I am ashes and tar,
you're a nightingale I am a mole.

Babe, don't think that way,
these are the demons that bite at your soul.
Please, come back to me,
you're losing your mind and you're out of control.

Well, this is my curse and it keeps getting worse
as I can't hold these bad thoughts at bay.
So I'll whine and I'll moan and I'll cry on the phone
'till I finally drive you away.

And then I will ride with my deflated pride
and the warmth of the blood in my shoe,
'till an ugly old scar and a broken guitar
will be all that reminds me of you.

Thunderball

Written By: Svavar Knutur

When I met you I was down,
I was bleeding, I was beaten to the ground.
Nothing left for me to give,
but you took me all the same and gave me life.

You are so wonderful, my bloody thunderball,
love me so tenderly, but why does it bother me?

Why are we torn apart, why is this love so hard?
You gave your heart for free, but why does it bother me?

It is all as it should be.
There is touching of the souls and there is we.
But still there nags a wicked doubt,
and it whispers that from this love I should flee.

You are so wonderful, my bloody thunderball,
love me so tenderly, but why does it bother me?

Why are we torn apart, why is this love so hard?
You gave your heart for free, but why does it bother me?

I need a timeout from this emotion,
there is no crime, just the price of devotion.

When I left you I was down,
Now I'm better but my fear's still around.
I can't shake this evil voice,
must we run again or in our love rejoice?

I need a timeout from this emotion,
there is no crime, just the price of devotion.

You are so wonderful, my bloody thunderball,
love me so tenderly, but why does it bother me?

Why are we torn apart, why is this love so hard?
You gave your heart for free, but why does it bother me?

Discography

- LPs
Silent Treatment - Dimma 2008
I can't believe it's not happiness - Dimma 2007
The songs Thunderball, Clementine, Astarsaga ur fjollunum and Impossible have all gotten decent airplay. They are all streamed on our myspace page: myspace.com/hraunhraun

-Home burnings:
Christmas 2003 - Christmas songs for fans and family, covers only.
Christmas 2004 - Christmas songs for fans and family - two originals and a couple of covers.
Spring 2005 - Partyplatan party (Party, the party album. a mixture of originals and covers, home burnt)
Christmas 2005 - Christmas songs for fans and family, two originals and a couple of covers.
Christmas 2006 - Christmas songs for fans and family, three originals and a couple of covers.

Set List

There is no typical setlist, as each set is ad hoc. If there were one, a typical setlist would possibly be as follows:

Undir Birkitre
Silent treatment
A glorious Catastrophy
Komdu
Clementine
Happy song
Astarsaga ur fjollunum
Impossible
A beautiful way to die
Thunderball
So let us drink
The Rebel

We have a lot more songs. This setlist might be around 50 minutes to an hour long but sometimes the band will go on for hours, just playing whatever comes to mind and keeping the audience crazy and revved.