Recently our good friend The 405 Radar was spotted travelling Iceland in search of new bands for us to drool over and hot damn, it did it again. The band are called For a Minor Reflection and we expect big things from them in 2009. We caught up with the band for a quick interview (answers from Kjartan Holm). Hey, Could you tell us a bit more about the band? Hello, my name is Kjartan Holm and I’m one of two guitarists in a band called For a Minor Reflection. We’ve just finished supporting our fellow icelanders in Sigur Rós throughout most of Europe on the last leg of their “Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust” tour. You've got an interesting name. Whats the story behind it? Unfortunately there’s not cool story behind the band’s name. Jói and I were just switching words between each other that we thought were cool (at the time) and that’s how these four different words turned into the band’s name; For a Minor Reflection. What sort of the influences does the band have? Our main influences? We all like pretty different music I’d say. Personally one of my favorites are The Cure, Against Me!, GY!BE and Caspian. Guffi is more into Radiohead, Coldplay, Pink Floyd and stuff like that. Elvar is a great jazz and blues fan and Jói is a huge The Smiths fan along with being a great GY!BE fan also. You're currently an unsigned band. Do you feel the pressure of being unsigned or are you happy with the situation you're in? Being unsigned isn’t that big of a deal. Of course it would be great to get some label to release you so we don’t have to do everything ourselves (which has become pretty much) and yeah, by having a label your album gets released in much more places. But as I said, we really are just happy with the situation as it is. Who knows what will happen in the future. How was the tour with Sigur Rós? How was the tour with Sigur ? Two words: FUCKING AMAZING! If you could tour with any band/artist in the world, who would you pick? We would like to tour with Yeah Yeah Yeah’s because of Karen O! Give us your top five bands! Kjarri: The Cure, Against Me!, GY!BE, Sigur Rós and Pink Floyd. Guffi: Radiohead, Coldplay, MGMT, The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Elvar: John Coltrane, Jóel Pálsson, Led Zeppelin, TOOL and Andlát. Jói: The Smiths, Morrisey, The Cure, Sex Pistols and Bright Eyes. Could you explain what kind of process you go through with the writing of your songs? We really don’t have any standard “process” writing our songs. Sometimes we write it all together, sometimes we write different parts and often try just to boil it together and often I have just come with a song that’s basically ready so I really don’t know the real answer to this question... :) We predict you're gonna get much bigger in 2009 but what other bands do you think we should be checking out? Thank you so much for that, I truly hope that the year 2009 will be in our benefits. But the Icelandic bands you have to check out are without a doubt: Sudden Weather Change, Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Helgi Jónsson, Mammút, Rökkurró and more... So what does 2009 have in store for you? Our plans for 2009 are basically writing stuff for the new album which hopefully will come out in spring/summer 2009 and following it through as much as we can. Check the band out at Listen: MP3: For A Minor Reflection - Óhljóð