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The Vintage Caravan

Taking stock of old-time rock

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Words by Andreas Schiffmann Strictly speaking, bass player Alexander Örn is not a founding member of The Vintage Caravan. He came into the picture in 2012, after frontman Óskar Logi Ágústsson and drummer Guðjón Reynisson had already released their self-titled debut on their own, before domestic label Sena took them under its wing. But he knows very well what happened before he came into the fold and experienced the trio’s quick rise to international renown, with his role in the group’s success being just as significant as those of his two companions. Since a good decade has passed, now is probably a good moment to lean back and assess what has happened so far and predict what the future might have in store for the Álftanes-based classic rockers. Regarding the suggestion that on the tenth anniversary of the conception of The Vintage Caravan’s rare first effort, it might be time…

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When Old Becomes New Again: The Vintage Caravan


Words by Eric van Reem Many new bands from across the world seem to have discovered their parents’ – or perhaps even their grandparents’ – record collections! It is no coincidence that the revival of vinyl in recent years has resulted in a revival of rock bands from the late sixties and early seventies that played psychedelic blues rock. Isn’t it great that young musicians are rummaging through old record collections and uncovering and listening to the music of bands like Cream, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin or King Crimson? Right now, bands throughout the world seem to be gaining inspiration from the seventies. Kadavar from Germany, Blues Pills and Graveyard from Sweden, Birth of Joy from the Netherlands and the Rival Sons from the USA, to name a few, have listened carefully to those old records. In this maze of bands and music going retro, Iceland is represented by The…

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The Vintage Caravan comes back to studio

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A progressive and psychedelic rock band The Vintage Caravan announced they will come back to recording studio this summer to work on a new material. The upcoming album will be recorded in the famous studio of Sigur Rós – Sundlaugin between 5th and 25th August under a watchful eye of British producer Ian Davenport. The Vintage Caravan consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Óskar Logi Ágústsson (founder of the band), bassist Alexander Örn Númason and drummer Stefán Ari Stefánsson. So far, the band has released 3 albums: The Vintage Caravan (2009), Voyage (2012, Sena) and Arrival (2015, Nuclear Blast). Known of the very energetic stage performance they will knock your socks off live. Those guys has been extensively touring (also with a legendary Swedish hard rock band Europe in late 2015) and playing at many festivals. Don’t miss their shows in June and July (learn more)! (more…)

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Eistnaflug 2015

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Today it seems like Eistnaflug reality was actually in some other dimension long time ago. But it happened. So far, it’s my third festival season in Iceland and in a state of peace of mind I can tell you I’m satisfied for the rest of 2015. Finally, I´d observed the most famous Icelandic metal festival for a few years. It´d been rather like licking candy through the wrapper. So I packed my backpack and tent and went to the small fjord in eastern Iceland with a town called Neskaupstaður that has a population of 1500 people. The amount of festivalgoers this year reached up to 3000. We are powerful, aren’t we? (more…)

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