“A new voice has emerged in Icelandic rock—it is loud, angry, literate and groovy”. Grísalappalísa is a seven-piece pop outfit from Reykjavik, Iceland. Armed with razor-sharp lyrics and block rockin’ beats, Grísalappalísa’s shows and musical output are second to none.”


Grísalappalísa was founded in 2012 by Gunnar Ragnarsson (former frontman of Jakobínarína, which disbanded shortly after the release of their LP, The FirstCrusade on 12 TÓNAR and EMI in 2007) and co-singer,  poet and former pizza-baker Baldur Baldursson. Together they recruited a group of well-seasoned musicians from the Icelandic grassroot scene, Bergur Thomas Anderson (bass) & Rúnar Örn Marínósson (drums & guitar) from Oyama, Tumi Árnason (saxophones) & Albert Finnbogason (lead guitar) from The Heavy Experience and Sigurður Möller Sívertsen (drums) from Jakobínarína.

The group was founded on the idea of writing razor-sharp Icelandic lyrics firmly rooted in the Icelandic literary tradition and blending them with the groups raw freewheeling kraut and punk rock cocktail. The result of this collaboration can be heard on the band’s debut album, ALI, which is out now on Icelandic label 12 Tónar. The album was recorded and mixed in the fall & winter of 2012 by Albert Finnbogason and mastered by Finnur Hákonarson in the early months of 2013.

ALI could be described as a concept-album of sorts, where the lyrics weave the songs together in a common theme; a wild ride where the listener follows troubled and desperate storytellers through dark alleys of downtown Reykjavík in search of purpose, love and above all LÍSA who they cry out for wherever they roam. The group released the first single Lóan er komin recently and received widespread attention and acclaim both in Icelandic radio stations and in the web media with accompanied music video.

Available now:

ALI – Out in July 2013 on 12 Tónar
SYNGUR MEGAS [7″] – Out in November 2013, self-released
RÖKRÉTT FRAMHALD – Out in June 2014 on 12 Tónar
SYNGUR STUÐMENN [7″] – Out in February 2015, self-released.

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5 responses to “grísalaBiO

  1. Listening to you guys on KEXP right now and you sound awesome! When are you coming to NYC?

  2. Slide right over to Berlin, guys! We’re waiting…

  3. Guys , where are you playing at the end of october or during november?
    I live in Turkey but willing to travel to go see you live!

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