Icelandic independent folk rockers, Árstíðir are announcing that they will be joining eclectic countrymen and label mates Sólstafir on their European autumn tour.
The band stated this about the tour with Sólstafir:
“The Icelandic music scene is a tightly knit woolen sweater where musicians meet and musical expressions merge. For years we’ve bumped into the guys from Sólstafir on different occasions and some of us have become good friends. We’ve followed closely Sólstafir rise to acclaim, watched them hone their expression and listened to them fine-tune their unique sound. And now we’re honored to be touring and sharing the stage with them!”
For interview and press-list requests regarding , Árstíðir please contact Season of Mist. Please note that available slots are strictly limited.
17 Nov 17 London (UK) Heaven
18 Nov 17 Leeuwarden (NL) Neushoorn
19 Nov 17 Lille (FR) Maison Folie Beaulieu
20 Nov 17 Paris (FR) Alhambra
21 Nov 17 Rennes (FR) Antipode MJC
23 Nov 17 Bilbao (ES) Santana27
24 Nov 17 Madrid (ES) Caracol
25 Nov 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz2
26 Nov 17 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod (without Myrkur)
27 Nov 17 Aarau (CH) Kiff
28 Nov 17 Milano (IT) Circolo Magnolia
29 Nov 17 München (DE) Theaterfabrik
30 Nov 17 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
01 Dec 17 Bologna (IT) Locomotiv
02 Dec 17 Zagreb (HR) Cultura Factory
04 Dec 17 Belgrade (RS) Dom Omladine
05 Dec 17 Bucuresti (RO) Quantic Club
05 Dec 17 Cluj-Napoca (RO) Form Space
07 Dec 17 Budapest (HU) A38
08 Dec 17 Wien (AT) Arena
11 Dec 17 Praha (CZ) Roxy
12 Dec 17 Berlin (DE) Heimathafen
13 Dec 17 Köln (DE) Kantine
14 Dec 17 Osnabrück (DE) Rosenhof (without Myrkur)
15 Dec 17 Rotterdam (NL) maasSilo
16 Dec 17 Bruxelles (BE) VK
17 Dec 17 Hamburg (DE) Gruenspan
18 Dec 17 København (DK) Pumpehuset
20 Dec 17 Stockholm (SE) Debaser Stran
Season of Mist recently announced the signing of Árstíðir . The eclectic Icelandic independent / folk rock act will release their much anticipated next album through Season of Mist in 2018.
The band commented: “We have admired bands associated with Season of Mist for years. In our minds, this label represents quality and artistic integrity. It has that aura which tells you that it is all about the music, that the bands are the real deal, and not just grist to the grinding mill of commercial music. And that is the kind of label, you want your music on. We feel a kinship with the good people and artists at Season of Mist, and we are proud be a part of this family.”
Árstíðir have emerged from the burgeoning Icelandic music scene in 2008, when the three founding members coming from different genres discovered their mutual love for vocal harmonies. Daniel, Gunnar and Ragnar quickly went from playing acoustic cover versions to their own sonic footprint amalgamating influences from classical, folk, rock, and minimalist music into something quite unique, which might be carefully dubbed “Icelandic independent”.
With early lyrical references pointing towards the spectacular nature and scenery of this volcanic island and the strongly contrasting moods of its seasons, the band took the name Árstíðir, which means “seasons” in their native Icelandic tongue.
At home, the band experienced a fast rise. Only four months after their conception, Árstíðirhad risen from performing in a coffee shop in Reykjavik to scoring a number one hit on national radio with the track “Sunday Morning”.
The Icelanders published their eponymous debut, ”Árstíðir” in summer 2009, and while their home country was reeling from the market crash, the bands stocks went up. During the air traffic disrupting eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. a first international tour started that led to Árstíðir continuing to tour relentlessly over the next years and gather a dedicated fan base in more than 30 countries.
Their second album, ”Svefns Og Vöku Skil” followed in 2011 and only a year later, the Icelanders won the prestigious Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award in Germany. While on the road in Germany in 2013, a friend of Árstíðir recorded an impromptu performance of the old Icelandic hymn, “Heyr Himna Smiður” in a train station, which went viral on YouTube and has attracted more than 6 million views by now.
Backed by global interest sparked by this viral hit, Árstíðir continued their head-lining tours and furthermore supported Swedish band Pain of Salvation and Dutch vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen.
Árstíðir launched a highly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014 to finance the recording of their third full-length ”Hvel”, which translates as “spheres” and following its release, the band embarked on a first US tour that reached from coast to coast.
A collaboration with Anneke Van Giersbergen followed in 2016. The album, ”Verloren Verleden” contains a collection of re-imagined traditional and classical songs.
Currently, Árstíðir are working on their forthcoming fourth album, which will be released through Season of Mist worldwide in 2018.
Daniel Auðunsson: guitar, vocals
Gunnar Már Jakobsson: baritone guitar, vocals
Ragnar Ólafsson: piano, vocals