Strigaskór nr. 42, a band from Iceland, doesn't really seem to care where they'll end up. Everything on this album breathes 'fun'. Clearly these guys enjoy playing this kind of music, whether it be experimental punk, noise rock, indie rock or industrial metal. These are just a bunch of people getting together, jamming, drinking and creating something only they can really understand. The audience will have to sit it through, whether they like it or not.
Several people actually will love this, including me. I've always been a fan of surprising, unpredictable music, whatever genre it is. What Strigaskór nr. 42 does, is something I can only approve. This is high energy music that incorporates pretty much every subgenre the rock-world has been throwing at us over the past fifty years, including surf, folk, ska, sludge and noise. This is rock 'n' roll with a high party-calibre.
There are ten songs on Armadillo, each very different and each very surprising. Naming a favourite is impossible, because of the enormous amount of variation, both in music and in vocal melodies. The classification-addicts will have a hard time with this, but I can assure you: when I see this band playing in a marquee somewhere, I'm going to party my butt off. And I will not be the only one, that's for sure.