Minus

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Described as ‘noisy boys’ by themselves and ‘Iceland’s hardest band ever’ by their label Smekkleysa, rock quintet Minus (pronounced ‘me noose’), attempt to craft metal and hardcore into new shapes. Inspired by bands such as Metallica, Guns N’Roses, Converge and Refused, Krummi (vocals), Frosti (guitar), Bjarni (guitar), Johnny (bass) and Bjossi (drums) formed Minus in 1998 with their stated aim to create ‘disgusting music’. The band described their debut, 1999’s Hey Johnny!, as ‘a straight-up metal/hardcore album’, but perhaps unexpectedly also admitted the influence of electronic noise artists on their music. Intriguingly, their follow-up, Jesus Christ Bobby, was produced by noise artist Curver (who has been described as the ‘hidden sixth member’ of Minus and who tours with the band as live sound mixer and ‘noise maker’) and featured eccentric former Sugarcubes member Einar...

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