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- Ske comes from Reykjavik, Iceland
- Life, Death, Happiness and Stuff is Ske’s debut album.
- It has four core members, who write all the music. Six other people perform on the CD. A drummer, a singer, a guest singer, a Japanese artist, a French artist and a violinist
- On stage Ske is usually seven people. (Bass, keyboards, two guitars, drums and two singers)

- The music can be described as alternative pop, or perhaps, more accurately, experimental, melodic pop or, if you like, lo-fi, college pop. Nobody really knows…

History:
Although Ske is a new band and Life, Death, Happiness & Stuff their first album, the core members have been writing and playing music together for years. Eirikur, Frank and Gudmundur founded the band Skarren ekkert (Better Than Nothing) in 1992. They met each other in college and didn’t find the music scene of the time very inspiring. They decided to start a band where the instrumentation would be in contrast with the conventional pop music, i.e. accordion, acoustic guitar and a double bass. They started playing instrumental music, mostly from the Fellini movies but also music by Les Negresses Vertes, Tom Waits and The Pogues. The venues were mostly cafes in Reykjavik, weddings, cocktail parties and such. This is what the band members now refer to as “The Era of Cocktails and Fingerfoods”.

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