In Iceland there's an artist chap named Jón Sæmundur Audarson. About 12 years ago he contracted the HIV virus, and this experience has since dominated his artwork, and he opened a store (now @ Laugavegur 12, 101 Reykjavik) selling fashionable clothes with death related designs in downtown Reykjavik. Today marks the beginning of another of his projects, the record label Dead Records, which claims that "dead records are permanent records".
MySpace of Dead Records Label (aka Nonni Dead): www.myspace.com/nonnidead
The first release hits the streets today, the 3" cd "See you in Hell" by the band The Way Down.
Formerly known as California Cheeseburger, the band consists of bass player Ari Eldon, his finnish-born spouse Riina on guitar, and drummer Maggi "Thunder". Both Ari and Magnus Thorsteinsson (Maggi) have been playing in Icelandic alternative bands for about 20 years (Ari Eldon in Bless, band of Dr. Gunni and Sogblettir; Maggi in Inri and Bleiku Bastarnir - note by Wim Van Hooste) most of them more angry and aggressive than the current project, and some of them were released on the label Bad Taste.
"See you in Hell", despite being a small cd, has no less than 9 tracks to boast of. "It's pop in it's simplest form" says Ari, who is tired of pompous multi-layered prog rock songs. Here's my current favorite song from the album (Leee Black Childers), plus a demo which sadly didn't make the cut but is an excellent song nevertheless. More songs can be streamed or downloaded from the band's MySpace page: www.myspace.com/thewaydownspace
"Blind Willie the Fruit"
"Bring me the sun"
"The Lonesome Death of YourNameHere"