Over the past handful of months this year, I’ve written a bit about the up-and-coming Reykjavik, Iceland-based synth-based post-punk trio Kælan Mikla. Last year was a breakthrough year for the Icelandic act: they played a set at The Netherlands’ Roadburn Festival, were championed by The Cure’s Robert Smith and toured with King Dude, and as you may recall, all of that happened before the release of Nótt eftir nott.
The members of Kælan Mikla are currently in the middle of a lengthy Stateside tour that included a New York area stop last night. (You can check out the remaining tour dates below) Sadly, I had to miss that one — but in the meantime, the trio’s latest single off Nótt eftir nott is the brooding “Hvernig kemst ég upp.” Centered around layers of arpeggiated synths, a motorik-like groove, tweeter and woofer rocking low end, thumping beats, the industrial-leaning, synth-driven track finds the Icelandic act employing a sound that will likely bring early Depeche Mode and New Order immediately to mind.
The recently released video for “Hvernig kemst ég upp.” is comprised of mesmerizing live footage shot during the band’s European tour. And from the video, the band’s live set during their most recent European tour was a spectacle.
09/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie **
09/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery **
09/05 – Richmond, VA @ Wonderland **
09/06 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 Bar **
09/07 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos **
09/08 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda **
09/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
0910 – Tijuana, MX @ Moustache Bar
09/11 – San Diego, CA @ Space
09/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Cold Waves Festival
09/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Cold Waves Festival
09/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
09/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
09/18 – Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
09/19 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
09/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Part Wolf
09/21 – Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival
** = w/ Cloud Rat