Reykjavik's FM Belfast
capture the playful, kaleidoscopic qualities of fun and gun single "Vertigo" with a sentimental story of two girls finding an unexpected, play place. Directed by Mani M. Sigfusson. From their album Don't Want To Sleep
The President of Iceland, Mr. lafur Ragnar Grmsson, often speaks of the special nature of the Icelandic people. In his mind, the most treasured commodity among Icelanders is their Viking spirittheir passion and enthusiasm for conquering new ground and reaping the benefits of their adventurous and courageous natures. This is obviously a load of nonsense and has absolutely nothing to do with FM Belfast. FM Belfast just want to be your friend.
Because FM Belfast are not Vikings. They do not pillage and plunder. Instead, they give, and they care. With simple, delicately crafted melodies, unpredictable beats and humorous lyrics, FM Belfast bring smiles to their audiences faces, and life to their every extremitywhether it be in the car, in the kitchen or on the dancefloor.
But theres more. In their live performances, FM Belfast somehow manage to elevate their music to new heights. They manage to mediate a certain weltanschauung; manage to share their joie de vivre. Seeing an FM Belfast concert is almost a religous experience, save for the religion. Unlike organized religion, though, their music isnt conditionalit is simply inviting. It offers a genuine sense of belonging. Everyone feels it, as they dance and chant and release more sweat than Jane Fondas disciples ever could.
FM Belfast was originally formed by couple La Hjlmtsdttir and rni Hlversson in late 2005. They wanted to record a song, one which they could give to their friends as a Christmas present. Says a lot, doesnt it?
Not surprisingly, the Iceland Airwaves music festival proved to be a catalyst in the bands storyas La and rni needed extra people for their live act in 2006. These extra people have been numerous, although the core members have included rni Vilhjlmsson (Motherfuckers in the House), rvar reyjarson Smrason (Mm) and Bjrn Kristjnsson (Borko).