Quarashi (kwa-ra´-she) is:
(sewl´-vee), 26, Producer, drums.
(huh´-see), 23, Lead Vocals.
("stain´-ee" "fyel´-stead"), 25, Vocals.
(Omar Örn Hauksson
is his real name; Swarez was taken from Scarface
), 26, Vocals.
Quarashi is originally from Iceland
. Sölvi and Omar have been friends since childhood. Their communist
parents brought them to a protest of the American millitary base in Iceland, where they first met. Sölvi and Fjelsted met while performing judge-ordered community service at a Reykjavik
skate park (reasons for this community service are unknown). After playing together in a local punk rock band called 2001
and feeling both dissatisfaction and a need to experiment
, they founded Quarashi in 1996. Most of their songs are in English
, but a small minorty
are in Icelandic
. Quarashi means "Supernatural
" and was also Fjelsted's childhood nickname.
Quarashi's style is undoubtedly unique. It seems to be a composition of various rap
, punk rock
, and hard rock
elements. If you like the Beastie Boys
or Public Enemy
, you may like Quarashi. Hössi describes their style best: "The original point of the band was mixing British break beats and American hip-hop
together. It's as if Chemical Brothers
and the Prodigy
rumbled with Cypress Hill
and Public Enemy
Quarashi produced their first two albums in Iceland
and started playing in the US while working on their third. Quarashi played its first US show at Brownie's
club in New York City
. During the show, they blew up a stage monitor
and nearly caused a riot.
was the first recording made under the Quarashi name. It is extremely rare. Only 500 copies were created, and these copies sold out within one week. Potentially a valuable item.
was their second album, and was certified gold
in Iceland. The disc contains multiple hidden track
s and music video for the track "Surreal Rhyme
Their third album, Jinx
, shows a wide variety of styles and contains multiple music video
s as well as a biography. This was the first album to be released in the US.
Written by Sölvi Blondal
and Hössi Olafsson
, Krisnihald undir jökli
is an instrumental soundtrack to a play of the same name by Halldór Laxness
. It is not considered a full Quarashi production, but it is included here because of Blondal's and Olafsson's work on the soundtrack.
(Albums/Lyrics/Band Member Info will be noded as I get around to it)
Sources: http://www.quarashi.net , http://blackbox.sphosting.com/quarashi/