Out of pure boredom, Hellvar was formed in 2003 in Berlin by singer/guitarist Heiða and guitarist Elvar. They made the album ‘Bat out of Hellvar’ in 2007, which mostly used drum-machines and electric guitars, performing in that simple, almost naive way. Back in Iceland they added a bass-player and another guitar-player, Alexandra, but kept the drum-machine. They toured in the US, Germany and in China with that setup, and it was only in 2010 that live drumming was added. Now a 5-piece band, recordings began, and in September 2011 the long awaited second album ‘Stop that noise’ came out with a noticeably rockier sound to it. In December 2011, Hellvar recorded an acoustic version of the best songs of their two albums called ‘Noise that stopped’ with only 200 copies made. Since that, Hellvar has had a lot of people quit and other people join. Bass-player Sverrir moved to Denmark and Haukur “the murderer” was added (check out his other band Morðingjarnir/The Murderers), Óli drummer quit and Andri was added (check out his other band Monterey). The other original members stayed in Hellvar. Sometimes a girl called Aðalheiður sings with them too. When that happens, Hellvar is a six-membered 3 girl/3 boy indie-band with big smiles, nice vibes, good character and lots and lots of fine songs. On the subject of fine songs, new ones are in the making this year, and they might come out next year, if Hellvar members get off their behinds!
October 31, 2013