Iceland’s Sigur Rós was in Vancouver for a back to back performances on Sept 18th and 19th. We caught the second show at…Read More
Named in part after a sister of one of the bandmembers, Reykjavik, Iceland’s Sigur Rós (Victory Rose) was formed by guitarist and vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson (who later went by the name Jónsi), bassist Georg Holm, and drummer Agust. Formed in early 1994 while the members were teenagers, the trio’s first recorded song earned them a deal with Iceland’s Bad Taste label. Their sprawling debut LP, Von (Hope), was released in 1997, followed the next year by a collection of remixes from that album, Recycle Bin. Kjartan Sveinsson joined the band on keyboards and the band recorded 1999’s strings-heavy Ágætis Byrjun (Good Start), earning themselves numerous accolades in their homeland and achieving platinum status in sales. Agust then departed and was quickly replaced by Orri Páll DýRason.
Released in 2008, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust found the group adding fairly straightforward pop songs to its sound alongside the traditionally epic soundscapes. After Sigur Rós completed touring for the album (the final weekend of shows recorded and captured on film and then released in 2011 as Inni), they headed back to the studio but scrapped the results and went on a hiatus. During this time, Jónsi launched a solo career, first collaborating with boyfriend Alex Somers (as Jónsi & Alex) on 2009’s Riceboy Sleeps, then releasing 2010’s Go under his own name. His main claim to fame, though, was recording “Sticks and Stones” for the soundtrack of How to Train Your Dragon. The group ended its hiatus in April of 2010, playing a set at the Coachella Festival. In October of 2011, they released their first live album, Inni, a document of their 2008 tour. Their understated sixth studio album, Valtari (Steamroller), was issued in May of the following year.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic have announced that programming for their Reykjavík Festival will include three special shows by Sigur Rós performing some of their…Read More
Icelandic band Sigur Rós recently shared a five-minute timelapse version of ‘Route One’, whole day “slow TV” event. For more than 24 hours over…Read More
Sigur Rós’s 24-hour Icelandic, Slow TV happening, Route One, will culminate at or around 5:30pm (EST)* with the release of the band’s first new…Read More
Throughout the entire course of today Sigur Rós will be unveiling a 24-hour ‘Slow TV’ event live on Iceland’s National Television – and streaming…Read More
Icelandic experimental rock band Sigur Rós have announced an upcoming North American tour this Fall. For the first time in their career the band…Read More
Two-thirds of Sigur Rós – bass player Georg Holm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason – are excited to share their newest project, Circe, a…Read More
Two-thirds of Sigur Ros, bass player Georg Holm and drummer Orri Páll Dýrason have teamed up with Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Sigur…Read More
On the eve of the release of her new album, Nepenthe, Julianna Barwick has unveiled the sublime video for single “One Half,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Zia Anger (Angel Olsen, Jenny Hval).Read More
Normally associated with desolate tundra’s and blasts of icy swathes of calm, Sigur Ros have incorporated a more aggressive tendency into their seventh output, Kveikur. From the outset the Icelandic band dismantle any notions of the serene with opening gambitRead More