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The cover of the first United States release
The cover of the first United States release
Background information
OriginReykjavik, Iceland
Genresalternative rock, post-Britpop
Years active2005-present
LabelsSpartan Records
MembersJón Björn Árnason
Leifur Kristinsson
Past membersHákon Einar Júlíusson
Egill Kári Helgason

Ourlives is an Icelandic rock band that formed in Reykjavik Iceland in 2005.


Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson formed Ourlives in 2005 and recorded demos for four years before releasing their first album in Iceland, We Lost the Race.[1] Two songs from that album, "Núna" and "Out of Place" had good success on Icelandic radio. Two years later, in 2011, they released another album also exclusive to Iceland Den of Lions.[2]

Their United States history began when CEO of Spartan Records John T. Frazier discovered them on a trip to Iceland. After signing them to Spartan Records they released a debut EP to the United States, Out of Place.[3] After some rumors circulated about a second release to the United States of Den of Lions several nationally viewed television shows such as ABC's The Fosters, NBC's About a Boy and MTV's Awkward featured songs from the album before a release date had even been set.[4][5][6] Currently it is available for pre order through spartan records and is set to be released on October 14, 2014 on limited edition vinyl and digital download.[7]


Year Album / Song Country
2009 We Lost the Race Iceland
2011 Den of Lions Iceland
2011 Out of Place EP United States
2014 "Too Much" (Single) United States
2014 Den of Lions United States
2016 Higher Hopes United States


  1. ^ "Ourlives - We Lost the Race (CD)". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ourlives - Den of Lions (CD)". Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Spartan Records - Releases". Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.ourlivesiceland.com/?p=87
  5. ^ http://www.ourlivesiceland.com/?p=85
  6. ^ http://www.ourlivesiceland.com/?p=52
  7. ^ "Spartan Records - Artists". Retrieved July 7, 2014.