Sólstafir - New Developments On Court Battle


It seems like Sólstafir's court battle with ex-member and founding drummer, Guðmundur Óli Pálmason, has new developments and you can find out more about it here or below. Guðmundur Óli Pálmason had promised before that he would take this to court and now he did.

Statement: "Svalbard Music Group ehf. (Ltd.) has sued Aðalbjörn Tryggvason for illegally seizing control over and ownership of the company's main asset, the trademark Sólstafir and the band's business, and for hollowing the company out from the inside.

"Svalbard Music Group was formed by Sólstafir's only two remaining founding members Aðalbjörn Tryggvason and Guðmundur Óli Pálmason, and both of them have an equal 50% share in the company. From it's creation in January 2011 Svalbard Music Group's sole purpose has been to run the band Sólstafir and take care of all it's related business. As such the company has acquired in accordance with Icelandic laws the ownership of the trademark Sólstafir.

"Just before midnight on January 19th 2015 Guðmundur Óli Pálmason received an email from Aðalbjörn Tryggvason saying that the band intended to move ahead without him. Aðalbjörn also cancelled Guðmundur's flight tickets without his knowledge for an European tour that was supposed to start two days later. The morning after, on January 20th Aðalbjörn applied for the trademark Sólstafir at the Icelandic Patent Office solely in his own name and with his personal id number. His patent application has not been accepted by the office.

"Aðalbjörn Tryggvason was released from his duties as the executive director of Svalbard Music Group on December 11th 2015 for his gross misconduct. The case was filed at the Reykjavík District Court on January 12th 2016. On Behalf of Svalbard Music Group ehf. (Ltd.) Guðmundur Óli Pálmason."

An official statement by Sólstafir has yet to be released regarding this.

Source: solstafirofficial.wordpress.com
Band profile: Sólstafir
 
Posted: 15.01.2016 by RaduP


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15.01.2016 - 13:40
Karlabos
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15.01.2016 - 14:16
skydancer
Well, no matter who wins, we, fans, will lose I guess. No way the band will go on after all this, and it's a shame that these idiots don't recognize how this whole drama is ruining everything.
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15.01.2016 - 16:54
ManiacBlasphemer
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Written by skydancer on 15.01.2016 at 14:16

Well, no matter who wins, we, fans, will lose I guess. No way the band will go on after all this, and it's a shame that these idiots don't recognize how this whole drama is ruining everything.


Ruining everything for whom? How would you feel to pour all your resources into a project for more than 15 years and when things are doing great, your partner shows you the front door, taking everything and leaving you with nothing, even more, with debts! Sorry, but the real injustice would've been for Gummi to leave it as it is and go on. You can't just fuck up the a 15-year effort into making Solstafir what it is today. Solstafir is what it is today thanks to Gummi for the most part. So he deserves its fair share. I do not really care if the band is put to rest as I pretty much lost interest in it after I heard what happened to Gummi. Fans sometimes need to put themselves into the shoes of those involved in their favorite band and experience what they do. I'm sure that anyone would've done the same thing as Gummi did after all the middle fingers shown.
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15.01.2016 - 18:22
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Iceland has its own Axl and Slash ....
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15.01.2016 - 19:31
BloodTears
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Written by Bad English on 15.01.2016 at 18:22

Iceland has its own Axl and Slash ....


Nah, they're friends now. Money helps
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.


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15.01.2016 - 19:35
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Masterchief
Written by BloodTears on 15.01.2016 at 19:31

Written by Bad English on 15.01.2016 at 18:22

Iceland has its own Axl and Slash ....


Nah, they're friends now. Money helps


Axelson and Slashson ... well Solstafir wont get 10 millions for reunion, even Icelandic kronor so ... they wont be friends lol
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15.01.2016 - 19:38
withoutcause
As a long time friend of the guys I can't sit back and shut up about this bullshit anymore. Believe me when I say that there are really good reasons for Gummi getting expelled from the band. I love the guy, he is a good soul, but he went to far with too many things and at that point it was to either disband or drop Gummi. The rest of the band has been silent in the media about the reasons why they let him go out respect for theyre long time friendship, this is especially true about Addi, and because they don't feel it is right to air they're dirty laundry in public so the "fans" can chew on the fat of it. And for those assholes sitting out and feeling like they have some right to pass judgement, fuck you and the self righteous horse your fat asses rode in on. You have half of the story and therefore in no position to make judgement on anything. They are still a great band, Gummi is still a good guy and pretty decent human being, and I do miss seeing him behind the drums, for me an integral part of the experience is missing and I wish they could all, ALL of them try and look past they're grievances and sit down as the friends and try to work things out and take responsibility for the situation and they're part in it.
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15.01.2016 - 19:51
HaaskAksaaH
Written by withoutcause on 15.01.2016 at 19:38

As a long time friend of the guys I can't sit back and shut up about this bullshit anymore. Believe me when I say that there are really good reasons for Gummi getting expelled from the band. I love the guy, he is a good soul, but he went to far with too many things and at that point it was to either disband or drop Gummi. The rest of the band has been silent in the media about the reasons why they let him go out respect for theyre long time friendship, this is especially true about Addi, and because they don't feel it is right to air they're dirty laundry in public so the "fans" can chew on the fat of it. And for those assholes sitting out and feeling like they have some right to pass judgement, fuck you and the self righteous horse your fat asses rode in on. You have half of the story and therefore in no position to make judgement on anything. They are still a great band, Gummi is still a good guy and pretty decent human being, and I do miss seeing him behind the drums, for me an integral part of the experience is missing and I wish they could all, ALL of them try and look past they're grievances and sit down as the friends and try to work things out and take responsibility for the situation and they're part in it.

so you just made this account to come here and enlighten our community? thank you! we appreciate that if you let us know what are those reasons if you really know them. otherwise... em..
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15.01.2016 - 20:26
Ruchesko
"His patent application has not been accepted by the office."

Gutted.
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16.01.2016 - 01:55
haffeh
Written by HaaskAksaaH on 15.01.2016 at 19:51

Written by withoutcause on 15.01.2016 at 19:38

As a long time friend of the guys I can't sit back and shut up about this bullshit anymore. Believe me when I say that there are really good reasons for Gummi getting expelled from the band. I love the guy, he is a good soul, but he went to far with too many things and at that point it was to either disband or drop Gummi. The rest of the band has been silent in the media about the reasons why they let him go out respect for theyre long time friendship, this is especially true about Addi, and because they don't feel it is right to air they're dirty laundry in public so the "fans" can chew on the fat of it. And for those assholes sitting out and feeling like they have some right to pass judgement, fuck you and the self righteous horse your fat asses rode in on. You have half of the story and therefore in no position to make judgement on anything. They are still a great band, Gummi is still a good guy and pretty decent human being, and I do miss seeing him behind the drums, for me an integral part of the experience is missing and I wish they could all, ALL of them try and look past they're grievances and sit down as the friends and try to work things out and take responsibility for the situation and they're part in it.

so you just made this account to come here and enlighten our community? thank you! we appreciate that if you let us know what are those reasons if you really know them. otherwise... em..


For anyone who is reading this. I've been a Sólstafir fan since 2001 when they played a show with Down To Earth and Myrk at Grand Rokk, Reykjavík, Iceland. It was the first time I met these guys, and from these early years I've been friends with them. During 2003 to 2007 I used to take care of ticket sales at venues plus merchandising, generally helping them out, as they were my favourite band. We did some massive parties together, mostly in downtown Reykjavík where we were up for some shenanigans. I felt privileged to watch Sólstafir grow from being a virtually unknown band playing for 2-3 people in Akureyri 2003, to become what they are today. The most memorable gigs that I can inform is the gig at Grand Rokk where they were raising funds to get Gimsi, a friend of the band, to go with them abroad, for sound duties. It was for the most important gig, where Spinefarm/Spikefarm picked them up in Copenhagen. Other memorable gigs were the failed Masterpiece of bitterness record gig at Gaukurinn, and some Eistnaflug gigs throughout the years. Since this fucking shit happened, I spoke with Gummi and Addi directly to their both sides of their story. Pjúddi (Sæþór) was always neutral and it meant nothing for me to speak with Svavar as he was too emotionally invested.

Through all this time, for all the records they put out, for all their hard work, - I was really happy for them, and I cheered them on, like a football team - never backing down. But it came apparent to me at Eistnaflug 2014 that something wasn't right. The fact is, one year prior, Svavar had been dating this girl for a while... and he completely ruined the relationship over some period of time.But in 2014 this particular girl was dating Gummi. I noticed resentment from Svavar and Addi about this situation, but though it would only fade out within couple of months or so. It proved otherwise and the couple sticked together through thick and thin, to say the least. Very turbulent relationship, putting extra pressure on the band as Svavar was far from happy with it. But credit to Gummi, as Svavar had played this card on him, couple of years earlier, where Svavar had an affair Gummi's girlfriend at the time for on some occasions, but later reconciled (Gummi put the band in first place, unlike Svavar later on) . This situation obviously put some strain on the band fellowship, where Svavar was unable to get over his ex, and thus poisoning the atmosphere.

To put it short, Addi teamed up with Svavar, Sæþór played the neutral card and Gummi was in love. Regardless, they did some tours, but apparently the relationship suffered, where the bus atmosphere got so toxic, because of arguing, that the booking manager and the sound engineer were ready to quit the whole thing. That is funny because they are such insignificant people, (especially Erin the manager) but Addi and Svavar sided with them because it fit their narrative. Gummi did not help his cause when he invited the girl on the tour bus [edit: Gummi challenged this statement - as he didn't invite her on the bus but went to meet her alone, after a gig in Netherlands where she was travelling with her family], which apparently mades things worse from what I understand. This was the core band relationship problem.

Other problems arose during the Ótta production. Addi had hired some designer chicks to do the some partial artwork thing for Ótta, but somehow transpired to deciding on cover, until Gummi abruptly cancelled their plans and ideas. Delaying the release of the album for quite a while. When it comes to ideas, sometimes Gummi is really stubborn and difficult to deal with, but to be fair, he knows what's up with artwork. This demonstrated some kind of power struggle within the band on decision making. Maybe it had been growing for a while, maybe not.

There were also allegations of fiscal issues... as I have spoken directly with Gummi and Addi about it, I will not comment until their case has made its course through the Icelandic justice system.

The band decides to boot Gummi, and call it "due to personal reasons" ... they cover it up with some bullshit story.

To make this short I can put it a short list:

Svavar has an affair with Gummi's fiancé 2006-7 while they were in relationship
Gummi dates Svavar's ex in 2014 after Svavar fucked it all up year before. Band relationship suffers.
Addi and Svavar team up. Sævar is neutral - and was always band minded.
Gummi has problems about artwork which Addi organized.
Gummi invites girl on tour ... things get heated up.
Sound guy and Erin the manager threaten to quit on tour because of bad atmosphere, pointed to Gummi.
Tour ends ... then next tour is about to begin, where Gummi gets his email saying he will not participate.

Rest is journaled in detail in Gummi's blog. The statements from Addi and Erin will just make you ask more questions...

All the best,
Haffi.
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16.01.2016 - 03:21
Karlabos
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^ Ha! Guess what the issues are all about?
Chicks, of course.
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16.01.2016 - 04:10
Maco
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Does this mean that there will be no new album soon?
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16.01.2016 - 07:44
MetalDoomMaster
Girlfriends ruin everything fun
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16.01.2016 - 20:31
Netzach
Planewalker
I felt better not knowing what this shit was about. That story is just pathetic. Also, if it is true, it certainly looks like Svavar is the bad guy and not Gummi. But who knows...

I'm more interested in how this will proceed. Since Gummi owns 50% of the Sólstafir trademark, will they be made to change their name or something? Looks like either that or paying royalties to Gummi forever even though he is not in the band anymore.

Ah, screw this.
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16.01.2016 - 21:41
Karlabos
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Yeah guys... Whatever comes out of this... I don't sense a new Solstafir any time soon
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16.01.2016 - 23:41
Vombatus
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Sólstafir A.D. incoming


(also not sure sharing the "whole story" is a good idea. The fact both sides omitted most of it should be an indicator).
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17.01.2016 - 02:31
Karlabos
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^Well, it's not like Solstafir's guys themselves are going to read this and comment on it.
They'll never know the story was told
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17.01.2016 - 02:55
Maco
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But what if I send this page with the comments to Sólstafir's official facebook? =P
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17.01.2016 - 03:06
Karlabos
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They will still be too busy to read.
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17.01.2016 - 16:14
Vombatus
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Even if they read it, which I really doubt, all those private details are no concern of the fans. Strictly private stuff and for a good reason bands usually state "personal reasons" when parting ways, without going into details.
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17.01.2016 - 17:38
D.T. Metal
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Written by haffeh on 16.01.2016 at 01:55

drama, drama, drama


The only thing I took from this what ... he said, he said, girl, he said, he said ... so thanks for registering just to let us all know what REALLY happened

I think we do need a "troll" smiley on here.
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19.01.2016 - 03:24
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Written by Karlabos on 17.01.2016 at 03:06

They will still be too busy to read.
Famous bands never read MS for some reason


we need an audio news for such shit
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