One of IcelandТs 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 IcelandТs 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, УArabian Horse,Ф which has been described by their current German label, Kompakt, as УIcelandic Hi-Tech Soul.Ф
The St. Petersburg Times spoke to GusGus singer Daniel Agust Haraldsson via Skype in advance of SundayТs 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, youТre starting a six-date tour in Russia. I guess you havenТt done that before, have you?
A: ItТs 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. WeТll 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 hadnТt 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 weТll be performing songs from УArabian Horse,Ф our last album, which weТve done before in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But weТre going to do a few new ones as well, so you have some special treats. WeТre going to give you some sample of whatТs coming up on the next album.
WeТre planning to release an EP, a short album, in a couple of months, two or three months, and yeah, weТre finishing, like, a three- or four-track album for release in May, probably.
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