“Drullumall” (1995) by Botnleðja
Rock band Botnleðja was formed in 1994 at Hafnarfjörður. They rehearsed at the garage of the drummer’s grandmother. In 1995 they gained popularity after winning the Músíktilraunir competition (Musical Experiments, a sort of Battle of the Bands). The first prize was 25 hours in a recording studio. They used 24 hours to record their debut album “Drullumall” (Mud) at Stúdíó Sýrland (Syria) with the help of Jón Skuggi and Arnþór Örlygsson a.k.a. Addi 800.
Album was released November 1995 on the Rymur Label.
Botnleðja won the Icelandic Music Award for Best Newcomer in 1995.
For the foreign market the band operated under the name “Silt”.
The band members were guitarist & singer Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson, bass player Ragnar Páll Steinsson, and drummer Haraldur Freyr Gíslason.
About 3,000 copies were sold in Iceland.
1. Þið eruð frábær
2. Heima er best
4. Hinn óbyggilegi heimur
5. Viltu vera memm?
The Britpop band Blur, who had been recording their self-titled album “Blur” in Iceland in 1997, were fans of Botnleðja. Their hit song “Song 2” borrowed the catchy “woo-hoo” from Botnleðja’s “Þið eruð Frábær“. Later that year Botnleðja joined Blur on their UK tour.