It’s been over 3 years since the release of mÃºm’s last album ‘Summer make good’ and a lot of water has passed under the bridge. And now finally, a new batch of songs making up a fresh album, strangely titled ‘go go smear the poison ivy’, a colorful, twitching and playful work of art, full of life affirming energy. To Coincide with this release the band will play live @ Tripod this December 13th. Tickets are â‚¬28 on sale now through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.The album was recorded in a number of different places, one of them being the music school in the small fishingtown of ÃsafjÃ¶rÃ°ur in the west fjords of iceland, making use of the schools various instruments. The drums were mostly recorded in an old school house on the island of NÃ¶tÃ¶ west of Finland. The songs on this multifarious album were conceived over a long period in many a different fashion, one song even dating back to the period of ‘Yesterday was dramatic, today is OK.’
In the 3 years since the last full length offering, mÃºm has not slept more than thought to be normal. After ‘Summer make good’ they toured extensively in Europe. Shortly after that the lines were starting to form around the new album.
With the departure of KristÃn VlatÃ½sdÃ³ttir in the beginning of the creative process, the core of mÃºm is again down to the original duo of founding members Gunnar and Ã–rvar, but the band itself is now larger than ever counting in all seven people.
In there time outside of mÃºm, the boys have been keeping themselves busy. Gunnar has been producing, recording, engineering and mixing for a number of local and international act, quickly becoming one of the most sought after producers in Iceland. In addition he has been working long sleepless nights on his solo project, under the guise of Illi Vill, soon to be unveiled. Ã–rvar has spent much of his time away from music, mostly focusing on writing. He published 2 books in the last couple of years, as well as working on art and design. In addition to that he has been performing and playing with a number of icelandic acts, such as Skakkamanage, Benni Hemm Hemm, Singapore Sling, FM Belfast, Reprasensitive Man and more.
Samuli Kosminen, an explorer of flea-market percussion, old electronic fx, beat making toys, has discovered new and strange dimensions of rhythm. He has been a close collaborator of mÃºm for a while now, but also works closely with accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen in the duo Kluster. Notable of late is the concert collaboration with Kronos Quartet featuring the eighty minute Pohjonen/Kosminen composition UNIKO, specially commissioned by Kronos. Kluster has composed music for the Finnish kung-fu feature film, Jade Warrior. Kosminen and Pohjonen won the Finnish Film Award, Best Film-score of 2006.
Ã“lÃ¶f Arnalds has recently released her debut solo album “viÃ° & viÃ°” in Iceland delighting and surprising listeners and critics with her emotional delivery of heartfelt, simple songs.
EirÃkur Orri Ã“lafsson has been a main collaborator of mÃºm since very early on and steps up on this album, co-writing a few of the songs. EirÃkur is a part of various other music projects, touring in the brass section of Sigur RÃ³s and as a recording and touring member of Benni Hemm Hemm.
Hildur GuÃ°nadÃ³ttir is a trained cellist, a performer with boiling energy. She recently released her first cello album “Mount. A” and has been gaining much attention for her other projects such as Angel (with Schneider TM and Ilpo VÃ¤isÃ¤nen of Pan Sonic) and recording and touring as part of Pan Sonic. She recently co-composed a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 1980 film “In The Shadow of The Sun” with legends Throbbing Gristle, as well as directing the choir at live performances.
Sigurlaug GÃsladÃ³ttir or mr.Silla is the most recent addition to the band. She has been gaining much attention in Iceland for her solo performances and as a part of various projects. Soon to be released is an album where she plays the half of the duo mr.Silla & Mongoose.
Mum play live @ Tripod Dec 13th.Tickets are â‚¬28.00 and are available through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide.
Booking Line: 0818 719 300