Young up-and-coming indie-punk band Jakobínarína announced yesterday that they were quitting. The band members declined to further discuss their decision at this point, but reporters suspect singer Gunnar Ragnarsson has become tired of band life.
Jakobínarína’s UK agent Edna Pletchetero said their decision is news to her though she has had the suspicion for some time that they would quit, DV reports.
According to Icelandic music news website monitor.is, Ragnarsson was determined to take a break from the music industry and the band members were also tired of the direction their music has taken.
Monitor.is also reported that four of the six members of Jakobínarína are going to continue under a new band name and that guitarist Hallberg Dadi Hallbergsson will become the new singer.
Jakobínarína first entered the Icelandic music scene in 2005 when they won Músíktilraunir, a competition for unknown Icelandic bands.
Following their victory, Jakobínarína performed at Iceland Airwaves and other music festivals and were consequently given their record deal with British label Regal.
The band’s first studio album The First Crusade was released last fall, receiving good reviews. For the past few months they have toured Europe and have even performed with the Kaiser Chiefs.