Skátar is a truly fresh breeze of noise-skronk-rock assault, this 5 piece band throws Captain Beefheart, Trumans Water, Polvo and various glimpses of eighties post- punk into the blender with astonishing results. Skátar was formed in 2001 and current lineup is less then one year old, it's members coming from various underground bands.
They have an "ar-splitting screechy guitar sound, often-impossible-to-follow drumming, mostly improvised, nervy vocals and an improbable mix of truly experimental music that's also fun to dance to".
Björn: bass, guitar, voice
Óli: guitar, handclaps, cowbell and a drumkick
Pétur (drums and wickedness
Markús: vocals, keyboards, sticks, floor tom and bass
Benni: guitar, squeaks, feedback
They always perform dressed up in white overalls (used by painters to protect their clothing), with hoods over their heads.
Be prepared for ear-splitting screechy guitar sound, often-impossible-to-follow drumming, mostly improvised, nervy vocals by Markús and an improbable mix of truly experimental music that's also fun to dance to!
Skátar released "Heimsfridur i Chile: Hverju má breyta, bæta vid og laga" (translates as ‘World Peace In Chile: What Can be Changed, Improved & Fixed’) last year on Grandmothers Records.
“Wait till you hear Skátar from Iceland. I don’t know how to describe them even. Mogwai meets Black Sabbath that you can dance to. A heavy metal DFA?”
- Moshi Moshi Music
“They're also f**king mad, and were by far our favourite band of the night. Comparisons to Super Furry Animals are inevitably, especially when the frontman bears a passing resemblance to Gruff Rhys, but we'd like to call it Devo vs Agent Blue. And it was ruddy great.”
- Drowned In Sound
“Shiny guitars, neat outfits, and a mix of ramshackle, tuneful Pavement-isms with Make-Up styled declamatory shouting? Fabulous.”
- Noise Annoys
“The singer/keyboardist’s energy is boundless, jumping and running in place, kicking over mic stands, the band unfazed and continuously firing out their songs.”
“…there’s actually very little here that falls in frame with the outsider’s view of Iceland’s music and this eccentric quintet most certainly does not look anything like elves (no disrespect to the elfin branch of Iceland’s music industry).”
- The Reykjavik Grapevine