GUNNAR THE FIFTH QuickFire Questions

Oslo based Icelandic alt-pop act and world renowned tattoo artist Gunnar The Fifth share new video for Beauty In The Downfall, pre-empting
the release of the debut EP due Spring 2020.

What was the first album you bought?

…And justice for all by Metallica. I had never heard Metallica before but it was love at first sight.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

In recent years I would have to say Radiohead. I have listened to Radiohead for a long time but it hasn’t been until now that I truly understand the genius of Thom Yorke. It is a true inspiration when someone can write music and seemingly not care at all what other people think about it.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

I work as a tattoo artist and paint a lot of as well. I very often get inspired to write lyrics when I am painting. It seems to trigger some sort of creative centre in my brain. I think all of these things are linked. I tattoo and paint in realism and I tend to write lyrics about what has happened to me so I guess we can call it realism lyrics.

Tell us about your new video for ‘Beauty In The Downfall’?

The idea behind the video is inspired by the lyrics. The lyrics are about being in love with someone but knowing it isn’t going to last for long and the feeling that comes after that. The downfall. For me it is the most creative time in my life when something bad happens so I tend to look at it from that side as well. Like “at least I can write about it”. 

What can we expect from you in 2020?

We have a lot planned for this year and we are very excited. Last year we played in Russia and some places I never thought we would play. This year we are gonna focus quite a bit on mine and Olafur’s (the synth player) home country of Iceland. Make some TV appearances and music festivals. I am writing music every day so I am sure we will release a bunch of new songs that I am excited to share with the world!