Charged for vagina propaganda

Eva may be Iceland’s first band that has ever been charged for inappropriate lyrics. Most likely the world’s first band to be charged for vagina propaganda. We spoke to band members Vala Höskuldsdóttir and Sigríður Eir  Zophoníasardóttir about their new record set to hits stores in Iceland in November. How a theatrical background has influenced their music career. And the charges which they’re both very proud of.

Congratulations on the new (still untitled) album!

Sigga (a.k.a. Sigríður): “Thank you so much. Ever since we first started playing together a year and a half ago – playing  in band was an old dream come true  for both of us – we’ve wanted to make an album. So that’s also been a dream of ours for a long time and now that dream is finally becoming a reality. I don’t know what more we can do with our lives.”

And your music, how would you categorise it?

Vala: “Hmmm…The question of genre is something we find difficult to answer, simply because we don’t really know where we belong. In theory we are a punk band. We like to break the rules. Imperfection is a goal for us. And I guess our lyrics are punk like. So I guess our music would probably be called pop or folk music.”

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Feminist queer indie pop singer Vala Höskuldsdóttir.

Sigga: “And the new album could be described as feminist queer indie pop with a touch of country punk.” Smiles.

Vala: “It may seem mainstream.”

Sigga: “But because we also consider ourselves a theater collective and a political movement the album is in a certain way provocative and radical.”

So you’re also a theatre collective?

Sigga: “Yes, we both have backgrounds in theater. Actually met in the same class at The Arts Academy and both graduated from there as performance artists a year ago.”

Vala: “Since then we’ve had the privilege of working together as a band and have been making music for theater.”

Sigga: “For us that was like coming home. I think it’s the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had.”

Do you mean that you combine the two art forms?

Sigga: “When we write songs, in some ways we use the same methods in theater making. First we decide on a subject. Then we use writing improv and write down everything that comes to mind considering that subject. Then, usually I try out some chords on the guitar. We improvise some melody on top. Untill we find something we like. It’s proven to be a very effective way. Wether its due to the method or the way we work together.

Vala: “This is the best collaboration that I’ve ever had. And I think that is a huge key to all of this.”

“He’s probably just like most people who’re either prejudiced, not enlightened enough or scared of the changes happening in the world.”                      – Sigga

The subjects of your songs, lets talk about that.

Vala: “Well, when we started the band one of our goals was to make songs about things that are rarely the subject of songs but should be. Like the song Viðbein (e. Collarbone). Sigga loves collar bones. Actually she has a bit of a fetish for them. So we decided that there should be a song about collar bones. It’s also a lesbian love song, like so many of our songs. We also have songs like The Nose, Introvert and The Blood Song – which is about menstruating.”

Collarbones and blood. Now that does sound provocative.

Vala: “When we performed on the big stage after the Reykjavík Pride last year there was actually this guy, musician Gylfi Ægisson, who charged us for vagina propaganda. Apparently he didn’t like one of our songs called Hver er kallinn or Who is the man?

Sigga: “It must be stated that he wasn’t even there. But none the less he brought charges agains the whole parade, because he heard that some men had been kissing each other and some inappropriate behavior went on. So his case was just built on rumours. And we became part of it. The first time I hear about an Icelandic musician being charged for his lyrics.”

Vala: “Vagina propaganda! It’s probably the most amazing thing you can ever be charged for!”

Why did he find the song so offensive?

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Radical performance artist Sigga (a.k.a. Sigríður) Eir Zophoníasardóttir.

Sigga: “I don’t know. He’s probably just like most people who’re either prejudiced, not enlightened enough or scared of the changes happening in the world. How we’re becoming more and more open and care-free. That must be scary to face for an old man, who probably just wants to have things the way they’ve always been.”

Do you think he would have reacted differently if you were two guys singing about women and collar bones?

Sigga: “Yes, definitely. His reaction has everything to do with our homosexuality. He said so himself. He doesn’t believe it’s a healthy “lifestyle” and thinks queer people are a bad influence on children. That we’re pedophiles. So he would most definitely be very angry to know that I’m pregnant now.” Giggles.

Vala: “The scary thing about all of this was seeing how many people backed him up in his nonsense. In a few days he had hundreds and then thousands of likes and followers of his Facebook page. That’s the thing we have to worry about. Which is one of the reasons why we’re a band and why we do what we do.”

So now you’ve landed yourselves on a list with the likes of The Beatles, Elvis and U2 whose songs have also been deemed inappropriate.

Sigga: “Hehe. It’s a good crowd we are in.”

Vala. “And for the record, we’re very proud of the charges.”

Going back to the record, it won’t be out till November. So meanwhile where can we see you guys perform?

Sigga: “We’ve just started fundraising for the record on Karolina Fund and while that’s going on we’ll have pop-up concerts every week.”

Vala: “They might take place in kindergartens, elevators or even on traffic islands. Just wherever we feel like.”

Sigga: “Advertised within 24 hour notice on our Facebook page.”

Vala: “And luckily for everyone, there won’t be any admission fee! Yeah!”

Thats great to hear, and its been fun chatting. Any final words?

Sigga: “I cant think of any better final words than please go to our Karolina Fund page and help us make our dream of a record come true.”

Vala: “By doing that you are fighting with us for equality. Fighting against prejudice. So we can enlighten our friend Gylfi and his allies.”

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The Band Eva performing live on the big stage at Reykjavík Pride in 2013.

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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          Ísey skyr
          - once tasted never forgotten

          Our Story
          Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

          For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

          Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
          This is our secret and you are in on it

          You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

          Núðluskálin
          - noodle bar

          Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

          All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
          We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
          Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

          Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

          Seatours
          - adventure cruise

          Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
          and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

          The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

          600x400-seatours-tasting

          This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

          600x400-seatours

          The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

          Birds, possible to spot:
          -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
          -eider ducks
          -shags
          -kittiwakes
          -fulmars
          -white-tailed eagle

          The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
          Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

          Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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