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ICELAND - The Future of Sound, January 2003


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Trabant [Truh - BONT]

"Bluesbreaker," off the album, Moment of Truth

Origin
Named after a now-defunct East German automobile; the Trabant (German for "satellite") featured a plastic body and two-stroke engine.

Trabant offers a smorgasbord of musical genres and styles. Think of it as Monty Python meets Thomas Dolby. The band dips into their cauldron of strange musical gadgets and uses instruments such as midi saxophones, electric guitars, programmed sounds and antiquated organs to produce a mix that's part political satire, part space rock and plenty experimental. Having collaborated together in the Reykjavik music scene for the last nine years, the duo behind Trabant—Vidar Hakon Gislason and Thorvaldur Grondal—were well-equipped to contine their eclectic, manical music-making. They worked for three years on Trabant's 2001 debut release, Moment of Truth.

Band Members
Thorvaldur H. Grondal
Vidar Hakon Gislason
Ragnar Kjartansson
Úlfur Eldjárn
Hlynur A. Vilmarsson

Fun Facts
• Critical praise: Trabant's single, "Enter Spacebar," was chosen Single of the Month by the British publication Muzik Magazine. The band's debut album, Moment of Truth, was one of the nominees for Best Debut Album of the Year at the 2001 Icelandic Music Awards.
• Six degrees of separation: Úlfur Eldjárn of Apparat Organ Quartet often plays with Trabant. Trabant members Vidar Hakon Gislason and Thorvaldur Grondal and collaborator Ragnar Kjrtansson also moonlight in another of their musical creations, a languid, country band called the Funerals. Lara Sveinsdottir, another member of the Funerals, is the sister of the keyboardist in Sigur Rós.

Discography
Moment of Truth 2001 (TMT Entertainment/Thule Musik)

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