One of Iceland’s most engaging musical exports lands in St. Petersburg as part of a Russian tour.
Published: March 13, 2013 (Issue # 1750)
GusGus, an internationally recognized top-selling act noted for its passionate, high-energy shows, and one of Iceland’s best-known bands, launches its six-date Russian tour this week.
Formed in 1995 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the electronic soul band, which balances its concerns between commercial pop and underground dance music, reemerged in 2011 with its seventh full-length studio album, “Arabian Horse,” which has been described by their current German label, Kompakt, as “Icelandic Hi-Tech Soul.”
The St. Petersburg Times spoke to GusGus singer Daniel Agust Haraldsson via Skype in advance of Sunday’s concert.
Q: This interview has been postponed two hours because of the blizzard there. What happened?
A: Oh, it just came all of a sudden. Yesterday was fine and there was no sign of this crazy snowfall coming down. So much snow, everybody getting stuck in traffic... I was fine in my car, my small Nissan Micra, but then I got stuck in a pile of snow just after having taken my kid to school.
Q: On Wednesday, you’re starting a six-date tour in Russia. I guess you haven’t done that before, have you?
A: It’s the first time we are doing a comprehensive tour like this, a big tour. We played St. Petersburg and Moscow quite a few times with great success. Now it was time to step up and do a bigger tour around your huge country. We’ll go to Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Krasnoyarsk, I see here on our website. Some of these cities, with millions of people living in them, I hadn’t heard of before. So I am going to do some reading over the weekend before taking on the journey.
Q: What material are you going to perform in Russia?
A: Well, mainly we’ll be performing songs from “Arabian Horse,” our last album, which we’ve done before in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But we’re going to do a few new ones as well, so you have some special treats. We’re going to give you some sample of what’s coming up on the next album.
We’re planning to release an EP, a short album, in a couple of months, two or three months, and yeah, we’re finishing, like, a three- or four-track album for release in May, probably.
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