Singapore Sling was formed in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2000. The band's first album, The Curse of the Singapore Sling, was originally released in Iceland two years later by the local label Hitt Records. After receiving considerable buzz and critical acclaim the album got a U.S. release and distribution on
Musically, Singapore Sling are the bastard children of Brian Wilson, perhaps sired with a local groupie on a Beach Boys tour through Reykjavik in the late '60s.
They grew up with Wilson's ear for pop melodies but without a chance to see the sunshine, instead taking direction from their discovery of the likes of
The Curse of the Singapore Sling covers a lot of ground musically. Songs range from psychedelic, bluesy sounding synth workouts to really full-rolling noisy reverb- and distortion-laden sonic attacks to more personal druggy "day after" lonesome cowboy blues numbers. The band washes all these tracks in the great and long standing tradition of shoegazer post-punk. All of the hallmarks of the sound are here: Bjornsson's vocal delivery ranges from detached to slightly less detached to a little more detached again. Bjarni Johannsson's percussion is slightly swung, driving and front-and-center in the mix, and all the melody and guitars are heavy with reverb and gratuitously noisy. This is the kind of record that would work perfectly at 3:00 Friday morning, rolling in the house after a night of debauchery, feeling like you wanted something to set you up for another round of your poison of choice.