Fraebbblarnir
Tracklist
  1. Stabl
  2. My Perfect Seven
  3. Brains
  4. Nines
  5. A fork in the future
  6. Judge a pope just by the cover
  7. Í hnotskurn
  8. Bugging Leo
  9. Young in New York
  10. Bergmál
  11. Dante
  12. Immortal

Never mind the nuts

Punk’s not dead. Fræbbblarnir released “Í hnotskurn” (In a nutshell), 11 years after their latest album entitled “Dót” (Stuff, 2004). Fræbbblarnir was formed in 1978 in the 200 area: the nr 1 punk capital Kópavogur (Seal pup bay). They released a number of records until they quit early 1983. The album “Viltu nammi væna?” from 1980 is a ‘Classic Icelandic Album’. The members continued playing on and off under various names until a compilation album was released by Smekkleysa in 1996 when the original name was reinstated.

Fræbbblarnir makes happy-go-lucky poppy punks songs, short & melodic, fast & raw. Inspiration is found in the heritage of The Ramones, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, but also The Kinks and The Troggs.

The songs on “Í hnotskurn” are almost all in English, except 3 of them. Fræbbblarnir brings melodic rock, sometimes with a sharp sting. Kick off with a song in Icelandic, wordy rappinghood, and a catchy riff. My favourite one is song 2: “My perfect seven”. “Brains” contains great lyrics. In song IV, “Nines”, the band injects some ska. No future in punk rock song “A fork in the future”. An angry & atheistic Valdi is ranting and raving in “Judge a pope just by the cover”: God save the pope. Title track “Í hnotskurn” has a prominent choir. “Bugging Leo” was already featured on the Snarl 4 compilation made by Dr Gunni last year: psycho country qu’est-ce que c’est ça? I fought the law is the theme in “Young in New York”. “Bergmál” (Echo) is a catchy tune, perfect to sing along. “Dante” is more like an intruder intermezzo. Final track “Immortal” is a straightforward 1, 2, 3, 4! punk song à la The Ramones. Well done!

In a nutshell: the album is a poppy rock album made by 40+ punk rockers for 40+ punk rockers. There is nothing wrong with nostalgia.

– Wim Van Hooste

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