‘World Domination or Death’ starts at West Fjords on 25. March 2016

Last night I was able to watch the streaming of the Aldrei for ég suður festival, organized by local musician Mugison & a whole crew of volunteers, at Ísafjörður in the West Fjords. 5-piece Reptile played a fantastic gig, with a guest appearence of Sugarcubes keyboard player Magga.

Risaeðlan (Reptile) was a band on the Bad Taste (Smekkleysa) label, along with f. ex. HAM and Bless. This combo combines marimba, saxophone, banjo and violin with classical pop/rock instruments to make a sort of postpunk extravaganza.
The band was formed back in 1984 at college. Members were: Sigurður Guðmundsson on guitar, Ívar “Bongó” Ragnarsson on bass, Margrét Örnólfsdóttir on keyboards, Magga Stína and singer/saxophone player Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Dóra Wonder). In the beginning the band had no drummer. In 1985 singer/violin player Margrét Kristín Blöndal a.k.a. Magga Stína joined the band, shortly followed by drummer Valur Gautason. Þórarinn ‘Tóti” Kristjánsson (Vonbrigði, Bubbleflies) took over the drum sticks later on. The band was not very active until 1987. Margrét Örnólfsdóttir left the band in 1988 to join Sykurmolarnir (The Sugarcubes).

12 inch Ivar Bongo
In the summer of 1989 a 4-track 12 inch entitled “Ívar “Bongó” was released on the infamous Smekkleysa label. UK’s leading Music Magazine NME made it ‘Single of the week’. They released one album in 1990, “Fame and Fossils”.

Fame and fossilsThe combo toured in the USA to promote the compilation album World Domination or Death Vol. 1 (Heimsyfirráð eða dauði).

World dom or death vol 1Reptile was featured twice (“Ó” and “Gun Fun”) on this longplayer.

Pregnancies disturbed the gig schedules and rehearsals in the period 1991-92. The band dissolved after the departure of co-singer Dóra Wonder in 1992. In 1996, Risaeðlan compilation CD “Efta! “was issued by Smekkleysa, and featured all of the band’s work post-F&F and various early demos.

In 2007, for the 50th anniversary of Árni Matthíasson, a music journalist of Morgunblaðið, Reptile reunited and played a gig.

Last night, almost 10 years later, the West Fjords were the place 2 B 2 C the energetic eclectic pop rock fusion of Reptile, like nothing ever happened all the years inbetween.

Takk fyrir mig!
Takk Aldrei (Never Wenth South) Festival!

– Wim Van Hooste

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