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Who Knew

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Born in a heat-less garage in Reykjavik, Iceland, six-piece indie band Who Knew was conceived four years ago by lead singer Ármann Ingvi Ármannson and backup vocalist and guitar player Baldur Helgi Snorrason. the duo would undergo dramatic changes in band members the next two years until it was fully formed consisting of Ármann, Baldur, Snorri Eldjárn Snorrason (lead guitar), Jökull Huxley Yngvason (Bass), Jón Valur Guðmundsson (drums) and Hilmir Berg Ragnarsson (synthesizer). Who knew is finally doing them self justice by releasing their jovial debut album “ Bits and pieces of a major spectacle” that will be released in spring 2010. Recorded in the Sigur Rós studio “the swimming pool” and their own studio ‘’Stúdíó Skjön” (translated as “the crooked studio” cause of their lack of construction skills) their homemade lair has been the perfect place for them to develop their sound. Surrounded by vintage wallpaper and burned out cigarette buds the band has defined their music as layers of trembling guitar and synthesizer melodies overlapping with falsetto voiced multi vocals from all of the band members. Produced with a very full sound their music is akin to Phil Spector´s wall of sound. As for their performance, vocalist Ármann has been compared to David Byrne having a panic attack as the band leaps about in a manner reminding of an early performance by the libertines. Who Knew isn’t trying to encapsulate the chilling vastness and serenity of their homeland. Instead, they aim to “mediate happiness”.

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