Iceland, it must be said, is not noted for it’s musical heritage. In fact I can only think of three artists of any note that come from there, and two of them are related. It was with a smidgen of trepidation then, when I stuck “The First Crusade” on the CD player. I was expecting something like the warblings of a Bjork or the self-indulgent wafflings of a Sigur Ros, but what you actually get from these six Icelandic teenagers is a slice of Hives-like punk-pop that moves at a million miles an hour. The vocals are shouty, the guitars are firmly on the “crunching” setting, and the 12 songs here make up quite a decent debut. The band’s tongue was firmly in cheek when coming up with these songs, especially on the amusing “This Is An Advertisement”, in which the band subliminally try to convince you that they are the best band in the world, and you should all rush out and buy tons of their records. They aren’t the best band in the world, but however, if you like your music raw, loud and shouty, you could do a lot worse than to give this a listen.

Ian Dugdale