Baraflokkurinn photo bandBaraflokkurinn was a new wave band formed in 1981 in Akureyri, the capital of the North. They released four items: 3 between 1981 and 1984 (this EP, LP “Lizt” and LP “Gas”), and a compilation album “Zahír” in 2000. The band was filmed for the rockumentay “Rokk í Reykjavík” (1981-1982).

Tracklist

Side A
A1 It’s All Planned
A2 Catcher Comin
A3 Push

Side B
B1 Radio Prison
B2 Boiling Water
B3 Fog

Baraflokkurinn cover

Jeff Obermeyer (Life in the Vinyl Lane blog) wrote a while ago:

I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised by the Bara Flokkurinn EP (1981), which was the first of the two records to hit my Rega.  At six songs and 19 minutes, it’s pretty robust for an EP, and I actually played it twice in a row.  Two songs jumped out at me the first time through – “Push”, the closing track on Side A, and “Fog” which holds the same spot on side B (all of Bara Flokkurinn’s songs are in English).  “Push” features great synths, echo, and post-punk angst here, while “Fog” is more like some early Joy Division with it’s dark feel, and only has minimal lyrics (I was in a different room the first time it came on, and initially I thought it was an instrumental).  On a completely unrelated note, when I first heard the chorus of “Catcher Comin’” I thought they were singing “catch a commie,” probably a subliminal reaction to having watched Clint Eastwood’s Firefox last night.