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"Pure Energy"

"I really enjoyed the show at Grand Rokk during Airwaves. I had never heard
of the band - had only met them that afternoon. I walked into a packed
club. Had to hide in the back in order to not be squished. The crow was
really into it. The lead singer is going nuts - diving into the crowd - soon
followed by the keyboard player. Pure energy. The crowd is singing along. It
was impossible to get into the show. Before I knew it - I was up front -
dancing in the thick of the crowd. One of my highlights of Airwaves '07.
The band is still young and raw - and a lot of fun!" - Adam Lewis Planetary Group


"Pure Energy"

"I really enjoyed the show at Grand Rokk during Airwaves. I had never heard
of the band - had only met them that afternoon. I walked into a packed
club. Had to hide in the back in order to not be squished. The crow was
really into it. The lead singer is going nuts - diving into the crowd - soon
followed by the keyboard player. Pure energy. The crowd is singing along. It
was impossible to get into the show. Before I knew it - I was up front -
dancing in the thick of the crowd. One of my highlights of Airwaves '07.
The band is still young and raw - and a lot of fun!" - Adam Lewis Planetary Group


"Better the Devil You Knew..."


After the previous week's hectic live music schedule around Reykjavík, having just a pair of bands on at Organ seemed almost a waste of time and space but thankfully at least one group more than made up for the lack of numbers with some memorable song writing and a performance that belied any festival hangover.
[...]
Who knew look so young you might refuse to sell them a beer but one thing that became immediately obvious during their first few songs was that they don't need alcohol to produce an outstanding performance. Mixing some tightly written and sung lyrics, with obvious vocal influences from Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hand's Say Yeah and other similarly face-paced falsetto-voiced indie bands, they leapt about in a manner reminiscent of an early performance by The Libertines but the memory that remained after closing time was of a series of complicated-yet-catchy songs that were performed with gusto.
Like a vast number of new Icelandic bands Who Knew also threw in a liberal smattering of electronica. The keyboard in 'Sharpen the Knife' and the introduction to 'Wallabe' serve to add structure and depth to what are already very good tracks. Less, in the case of Who Knew, is definitely more.
'Wallabe', 'Mountains', 'Pagan Revolution', 'Please Don't' and 'Sharpen the Knife' are a set of songs with genuine longevity - most have enough complexity (listen to 'Wallabe's gradual progression from keyboard solo to full-blown indie rock or the layers that build up to a glorious finale on 'Sharpen the Knife') and ambition to not prove tiresome after a dozen listens yet they're simple enough to be exposed as great pieces of song writing when performed in the heady manner of Who Knew. Who'd have known that when they first walked on stage.

Ben H. Murray
Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 17 2007 - Reykjavík Grapevine


"Better the Devil You Knew..."


After the previous week's hectic live music schedule around Reykjavík, having just a pair of bands on at Organ seemed almost a waste of time and space but thankfully at least one group more than made up for the lack of numbers with some memorable song writing and a performance that belied any festival hangover.
[...]
Who knew look so young you might refuse to sell them a beer but one thing that became immediately obvious during their first few songs was that they don't need alcohol to produce an outstanding performance. Mixing some tightly written and sung lyrics, with obvious vocal influences from Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hand's Say Yeah and other similarly face-paced falsetto-voiced indie bands, they leapt about in a manner reminiscent of an early performance by The Libertines but the memory that remained after closing time was of a series of complicated-yet-catchy songs that were performed with gusto.
Like a vast number of new Icelandic bands Who Knew also threw in a liberal smattering of electronica. The keyboard in 'Sharpen the Knife' and the introduction to 'Wallabe' serve to add structure and depth to what are already very good tracks. Less, in the case of Who Knew, is definitely more.
'Wallabe', 'Mountains', 'Pagan Revolution', 'Please Don't' and 'Sharpen the Knife' are a set of songs with genuine longevity - most have enough complexity (listen to 'Wallabe's gradual progression from keyboard solo to full-blown indie rock or the layers that build up to a glorious finale on 'Sharpen the Knife') and ambition to not prove tiresome after a dozen listens yet they're simple enough to be exposed as great pieces of song writing when performed in the heady manner of Who Knew. Who'd have known that when they first walked on stage.

Ben H. Murray
Reykjavík Grapevine | Issue 17 2007 - Reykjavík Grapevine


"I don't dance without reason..."

„I don't dance without a reason - Who Knew is one of those bands that basically force me to do so. Those mornings following a concert with Who Knew I wake up, and their songs seem to be playing inside my head - the melodies get glued to my brain.“

Ágúst Bogason
Poppland, Rás2 Iceland National Radio. - Rás2, Iceland National Radio


"I don't dance without reason..."

„I don't dance without a reason - Who Knew is one of those bands that basically force me to do so. Those mornings following a concert with Who Knew I wake up, and their songs seem to be playing inside my head - the melodies get glued to my brain.“

Ágúst Bogason
Poppland, Rás2 Iceland National Radio. - Rás2, Iceland National Radio


Discography

Who Knew Ep - released in the spring of 2007.
Consisting of three songs, Wallabe, Sharpen the Knife and Pagan Revolution.
Two songs out of three had great radio airplay this summer and Sharpen the Knife is still playing. As for our first try it was great to make higher on the billboards than Bjork and Arcade Fire.

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Bio

Who Knew is a six piece Indie, Party and PowerPop band with a stage performance of massive musical bliss a stated in Iceland Airwaves brochure. Catchy melodies in with groovy beats and a lot of shouting and dancing determines what the band sounds like.

The band has been playing for roughly eighteen months. As for now Who Knew is presenting a program they've been working on and improving for almost one year and they've already begun recording a debut album which is intented to be released in late summer 2008.

A participation in Iceland's Battle of the Bands (Músíktilraunir) in the spring of 2006 was the debut of Who Knew in it's current form. Since then the band has played numerous big gigs at most of Reykjavik's concert places, bars and venues, with renowned Icelandic bands. As for now the band has the status of a renowned Icelandic band.

The band recorded three songs in the spring of 2007; Wallabe, Sharpen the Knife and Pagan Revolution, releasing those songs in April this year (The "Who Knew Ep" is accessible in the application)

The autumn of 2007 has been very prosperous for the band, the high peak 4 different concerts during the Iceland Airwaves week, including an Airwaves Selection concerts at Gaukurinn, the band being chosen from over 250 participating artists.

Our music is somewhat influenced by the Montreal and contemporary American indie scene but we consider our music somewhat different from at least anything happening in Iceland right now. Our stage performance is very infectious, backing up a fresh made icelandic party pop.
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