Status Quo Vadis? Reykjavík of course!

After a long hiatus, Mosi frændi reunited in 2009, playing in a sold-out concert to some acclaim. Afterwards, the band released the album, “Grámosinn gólar”, with the recordings. Since then, the band played a few gigs, and it seems that it refuses to die. Over the next few years there were sporadic live appearances, such as the Rokk í Reykjavík 2.0 concert in May 2012, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the acclaimed documentary about the Icelandic underground rock scene. There, Mosi frændi shared the stage with such luminaries as Fræbbblarnir, Q4U and Bodies.

A year later the single “Nakin nótt” was released and gradually the band began to regain some vital signs. In late 2015, plans for an album release began to take shape and the following spring the omni-talented Curver Thoroddsen was hired as producer. Recording and mixing took place over most of 2016 and 2017 and the album “Óbreytt ástand” was finally released in 2017.

“Ekkert hef ég lært” (I have learned nothing) opens the happy hour at the local downtown pub for Jesus & Judas of the brass band. In song 2, “Aulinn Atli”, it isn’t James ‘007’ Bond but Atli who returns on the scene in latex after 20 years. The first Rokk í Reykjavík tribute song is Vonbrigði’s “Ó Reykjavík”. This more down-tempo make-over definitely does not belong in the recycle bin: it spits like Johnny Rotten. The title track “Óbreytt ástand” (Status quo) is the band’s answer to the anthem “No Future”. “Útrásarvíkingurinn snýr aftyr” is an over the top great return of the good old full blown Mósi frændi sound. Shorty “Hanzski kannski” sounds like Iceland’s Numero Uno poet Megas has put on his leather jacket for less than a minute. “Skítt með það” (a.k.a. WTF) features a what the hell guitar solo. The song “Hversvegna eru stúlkur aldrei einar, Einar?” (Why are girls never alone, Einar?) is so much more than playing with words. The song about the slaughterhouse, “Sláturtíð”, features an Einar Örn ‘Sugarcube’ Benediktsson-style trumpet and an all men’s choir. The second RÍR tribute song is Q4U’s song “Creeps”. It has a Cramps and scary B-movie feel, straight from the underground of the graveyard. Without any doubt the best Rokk í Reykjavík cover ever made. The star of the grande finale, “Prinsessan á Mars”, is the harmonica from outer space.

The 11-track long player “Óbreytt ástand” is a potpourri of rokk ‘n rock genres from rockabilly to punk. The band is still growing and going strong after all those years, and is keeping the Rock in Reykjavík. Mosi frændi is not dead, yet.

– Wim Van Hooste

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