<p>FM Belfast BIO 2013
The President of Iceland, Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, often speaks of the special nature of the Icelandic people. In his mind, the most treasured commodity among Icelanders is their 'Viking" spirittheir passion and enthusiasm for conquering new ground and reaping the benefits of their adventurous and courageous natures. This is obviously a load of nonsense and has absolutely nothing to do with FM Belfast. FM Belfast just want to be your friend.
Because FM Belfast are not Vikings. They do not pillage and plunder. Instead, they give, and they care. With simple, delicately crafted melodies, unpredictable beats and humorous lyrics, FM Belfast bring smiles to their audience's faces, and life to their every extremitywhether it be in the car, in the kitchen or on the dancefloor.
But there's more. In their live performances, FM Belfast somehow manage to elevate their music to new heights. They manage to mediate a certain weltanschauung; manage to share their joie de vivre. Seeing an FM Belfast concert is almost a religous experience, save for the religion. Unlike organized religion, though, their music isn't conditionalit is simply inviting. It offers a genuine sense of belonging. Everyone feels it, as they dance and chant and release more sweat than Jane Fonda's disciples ever could.
FM Belfast was originally formed by couple Lóa Hjálmtysdóttir and Arni Hlöversson in late 2005. They wanted to record a song, one which they could give to their friends as a Christmas present. Says a lot, doesn't it?
Not surprisingly, the Iceland Airwaves music festival proved to be a catalyst in the band's storyas Lóa and Arni needed extra people for their live act in 2006. These extra people have been numerous, although the core members have included Arni Vilhjálmsson (Motherfuckers in the House), Örvar óreyjarson Smárason (Múm) and Björn Kristjánsson (Borko).
As the band earned a reputation as one of the best live acts in Iceland,