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Dead Skeletons Bring Icelandic Psychedelic Rock to Mercury Lounge

May 8th, 2013

Psychedelic-rockers Dead Skeletons—headed by frontman Jón “Nonni Dead” Sæmundur, Henrik Bjornsson and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt—hail from Reykjavík, Iceland, but their music comes from an open-minded spiritualism. You see, Nonni Dead was diagnosed with HIV nearly 20 years ago and was given only three years to live, and in turn, he says, “I had to choose whether I wanted to die or live, and I took the decision to live.” Their debut LP, Dead Magick, is filled with upbeat, spacey spirituals beneath Nonni Dead’s Jim Morrison–like wailing vocals. But for Dead Skeletons (above, performing “Kundalini Eyes”), it’s not solely about music (about which NPR Music says, “The sounds and the sentiment line up perpendicularly to each other, carving a space of cognitive dissonance that’s at once confusing, comforting and hair-raising.”) They also put a heavy emphasis on innovative visuals. See how it all comes together tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.