Taking their name from an old Frank Zappa tune ("Who are the Brain Police"), and their style from ‘60s psych and ‘70s hard rock, as synthesized and modernized by the ‘90s stoner rock movement, Gunnlaugur Lárusson (guitar), Hörður Stefánsson (bass), and Jón Björn Ríkarðsson (drums) formed Brain Police in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1998.
Singer Vagn Leví performed on the group's self-produced debut, Glacier Sun, in 2000, but departed shortly after Brain Police contributed a song to an Icelandic film called Óskabörn Þjóðarinnar. The remaining trio performed as an instrumental combo for some time before finding a new singer in Jens Ólafsson (ex-Toymachine), who made his debut on 2002's Master Brain EP, and helped Brain Police become one of Iceland's most popular bands following the release of their eponymous second album and its #1 radio hit, "Jacuzzi Suzi" in 2003. Subsequent albums include 2004's Electric Fungus and 2006's Beyond the Wasteland, which introduced new guitarist Búi Bendtsen, and was reissued by American label Small Stone in January 2008. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi