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Worm Is Green

Worm Is Green is a band whose style is almost impossible to define yet alone classify into the hundreds of commons denominations. From downtempo, trip-hop, electronica to a dark and chilled out pop they move and live in music. These Icelandic group that rely almost entirely into the atmosheric new breed that’s coming from Iceland ground delivers music that appeal to all senses. Musically, they have a strong and powerful electronically fueled organic sound construction, haunting vocals encapsuled into sometimes sweet, sometimes dark and acid rhythms and a conceptual presence that when heared for the first time get you out wishing for more.

Trance Liquido: As i hear your music, i see that you have a very strong and powerful sense of concept, specially in the way you all manipulate the sound textures. Do coming from a place mostly dominated by volcanic stones and barren horizons ( One of the few places on earth where Nature show its most powerful force, Fire and Ice ) reflect in the current emotional driven style of music you make?

Of course it has an effect but it’s not the biggest influence. We take much more from the stuff we are listening to than what we can see outside our window. Both our albums are connected with a story. That story drives the music, the soundscapes and the atmosphere of the albums, but I won’t deny that some of our elements are influenced by our surroundings, especially when it comes to our live performances. They tend to be more edgy, harder than the album. That might have to do with all the lava up here.

Do coming from a place with such great inspiration like Bjork and Sigur Ros have ever being a challenge to you?

No, not really. I mean, those artist definitely inspired us and paved the way to where we are, sort of opened the door for Icelandic artist to be heard outside of their native postal code. Icelandic music would not surely not be as trendy, or as interesting to a lot of people, had it not been for these two artists especially. But as far as being a challenge, of having to own up to them, I would say no. We all do our own things, some of them tend to sound like other artists but I don’t believe that to be intentional. It’s more like a common inspiration Icelandic artist share.

Im amazed at how your sound really stick into oneself. Sometimes it reminds me of Aoki Takamasa, sometimes of Autechre, Portishead and Massive Attack, Why the change of direction, subtle but still a change, with you new album “Push Play”, in terms of mechanization and soundscapes?

It fits with the progress of the story of Electron John, Synthia and friends. And it’s also us evolving, musically and as persons. This is a direction we wanted to take, to make the music more rhythmic and more song oriented than Automagic. That’s not to say that we’ve stopped making other kinds of music, more experimental and left-field akin to what you could find on Automagic. Those are just now stored under another hat and might even come out under another name. Or as a website-only release.

What was the most difficult thing when writing Plush Play contrary to Automagic?

Push Play took about three years to make and write, some of these songs were even written before the first album came out. Some songs on Automagic were about 4-5 years old when that album was released so that change of directions between albums isn’t as drastic for us as it might look, we were already looking into other directions when it came out. But we didn’t really find any sort of pressure trying to follow Automagic with a super-cool “Icelandic” album. Granted there were some discussions as to wheither the album was too poppy, or too accessible but in the end we made an album that we wanted to make. One that picks up from where Automagic left us, a very natural progression for us.

How would you describe yourselves to new listeners?

I would describe us as a pop band that happens to lean a bit on the electronic side of things. It’s music that you could put on while entertaining guests, but it’s also something you can listen to if you really want to listen. It’s got a story, it’s got nice catchy pop tunes, some more difficult pop tunes, killer hooks, hella-nice programming, interesting soundscapes and images. I’ve heard people say they like smoking weed to it, making love to it, driving around, sleeping, doing the dishes, homework?..but also that they can listen to it and find new textures, new rhythms, new melodies, new meanings everytime they put it on. I don’t know, how would you describe your own child but but beautiful?

Any plans for touring America? Do you think the american audience will be supportive?

We have actually toured America twice already. The people that came to our shows then were very supportive and interested and I have no reason to expect it to be any different when we come again. Hopefully interviews like this one will help spread the word, the States are huge and a small band from a small place can easily got lost there. But yeah, we do plan on touring to support Push Play this fall, no dates have been decided as of now but we are looking at early September/October. But don’t put your money on it. It’s not the easiest thing in the world coming from a remote island but we’ll be there. You can put your money on that one.

Band Members:

Arni Teitur Asgeirsson- Programming & Synthesizer
Bjarni Thor Hannesson- Sampler & Synthesizer
Thorsteinn Hannesson- Drums
Vilberg Hafsteinn Jonsson- Bass Gudridur Ringsted- Vocals

Official Website: www.wormisgreen.com

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