Icelandic synth-punk trio Kælan Mikla formed in Reykjavik in 2013, initially as part of a poetry competition which the Reykjavik Library hosted. The band, comprised of singer Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir, bass player Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, initially on drums but later synthesizer, won the competition, and were encouraged to continue making music. By 2014, Kælan Mikla was playing shows around Reykjavik and was asked to perform on the official roster of Iceland Airwaves.
The trio has released three albums, all with Toronto-based Artoffact Records, the most recent of which, Nótt eftir nótt, made #14 on Revolver Magazine’s best albums of 2018 list. Kælan Mikla has toured Europe several times, notably with King Dude, Drab Majesty, and as headliners in their own right. The band was hand-picked by Robert Smith of The Cure as support on several festivals in the UK and in the US.
In 2020, Kælan Mikla is booked on an extensive Europe-wide tour supporting Alcest. The band will also be seen headlining the Artoffact Records showcase at SXSW, as well as performing at international festivals including Psycho Las Vegas, Midgardsblot, and several others to be announced.
One of the stops for this tour will be Umeå and Uma Obscura!
“Sweeping eerie soundscapes, irresistible post-punk hooks and dance beats couple with angelic voices and blood-curdling shrieks.”
-KELSEY CHAPSTICK, Revolver
De har beskrivits som allt från mörkt och melankoliskt till avant-gardistisk poesipunk och lämnat få oberörda. Synthpunktrion Kælan Mikla från Reykjavik bildades 2013 och har sedan dess hunnit släppa tre prisade album följt av turnéer runtom i världen och har även varit handplockade som förband till The Cure. 2020 ger de sig ut på en omfattande Europaturné och kommer även göra ett stopp i Umeå och då på Uma Obscura!