One part Beastie Boys and one part industrial-strength hard rock, Reykjavik, Iceland's Quarashi makes its U.S. debut with Jinx.
One part Beastie Boys and one part industrial-strength hard rock, Reykjavik, Iceland's Quarashi makes its U.S. debut with Jinx. Following the release of two gold albums in its homeland, the quartet—Blöndal (the set's producer), Stoney Fjelsted, Hössi Olafsson, and Ómar Swarez—is well poised for similar success here. Lead single "Stick 'Em Up," a powerful stadium-sized anthem (see review, page 18), finds guitars, drums, and turntable wizardry wickedly cavorting in the course of a three-minute-plus track. On "Tarfur," the band proudly displays its '70s-shaded funk roots, while "Mr. Jinx" spotlights the group's hip-hop sensibilities, with band members trading verses over a tweaked old-school beat. Certainly not a one-note act, Quarashi showcases a smoother side on tracks like the mellow "Malone Lives" and the lush "Copycat" and "Dive In." As the lines between genres continue to blur, acts like Quarashi should be able to easily create their own niche.—RH