Aggrasoppar entering Europe in full speed
The band seems to have popped up from out of nowhere, entering the European live market at full speed. As winners of the local talent competition Sement, they were sent straight to SPOT festival only a week after the final. And they almost didn’t have time to unpack before two more shows at The Great Escape. And as expected: They did well. Very well. We were there and saw a big crowd react with huge smiles and a lot of weird dancing.
We had a chat with Aggrasoppar after returning from Brighton.
Hi, Aggrasoppar! Welcome back! That was a few quite intensive weeks, right!?
– Hey, Glenn! Thanks! Oh, yes, indeed. A lot of exciting experiences to digest in a very short time-frame. First of all, the Sement competition was great fun and quite nerve-wracking with the live TV aspect and the whole country watching, pretty intense stuff. And then, of course, two great showcase festivals in two fantastic cities, Aarhus and Brighton, with lovely people. What more can you ask for?
First of all – who are you? Or, maybe a better question: What are you?
– We're a quite basic form of artificial intelligence, sent to your cute little planet from an advanced robotic civilization in the centre of the Universe. Our ultimate goal is to warn you about the tendency of the human race to prioritize work over family: Really just to remind you to call your parents or grandparents, if you're lucky enough to have them around. The most efficient way of doing so is through this strange phenomenon you call "music", the only universal language of humankind.
Back to the more recent craziness. You just came back from playing both at the SPOT festival and The Great Escape. How did it go?
– It exceeded our expectations by a fair bit. We hadn't imagined the kind of crowds that showed up, so that was great to see, and we just really enjoyed ourselves; and so did the crowds, apparently. We just love to go apeshit and people seem to respond well to that kind of thing.
Your lyrics are in Faroese, but it doesn’t seem to matter much to the foreign audience. They seem to get it anyway. Why is that?
– As we already told you, Earthling, music is a universal language. A performance of any kind is a form of energy that can be transferred from the stage and onto the audience. If you hit a certain type of wavelength, it will translate beyond words and phrases. Loud noises and funny dances work in every corner of the globe.
How many days were you at the festivals for, and what did you do over there?
– Just a long weekend at each. We played shows, went to see other bands, and had a beer or two. Just the usual festival stuff. Additionally, we tried to shake hands with people that might be interested in our music – casual listeners as well as industry people. If you don't believe me, check out the home video that Dada, the boomerang, made, documenting the whole trip.
Did you meet any interesting people?
– Yes, tons. We spoke to a sweet, beautiful, older English man that was crying at our show who told us that he had spent the best night of his life in Klaksvík, a city in the Faroe Islands. Quite an impressive feat. We also talked to a variety of musicians, booking agents and local friends, one of whom arranged for us to make a cameo in their new feature film, being the antagonists in a psychedelic trip gone wrong at the beach. Great fun.
Did you learn anything from the experience? Is there anything you should have done differently?
– Yes. We learned that you must not travel in groups of 7+ people when you're partying in Brighton. They won't let you in and they won't give you the real reason. They will make excuses like you're too drunk or ask for your ID which you obviously don't carry around. Groups of 4, max, preferably with at least one woman. We also learned that we are allowed to make fun of the royal family on stage with no consequences of note.
What are the next steps for Aggrasoppar? Please also let us know more about future releases too!
– We have an EP to be released in August and a full album in February! Very excited about both of those. We also have a new single just out, "búff & buffét", check it out here – and other singles to be released in the near future.
Thanks, Aggrasoppar! Best of luck!
– Thanks, Glenn, and likewise!
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