#1 Posted by theANCIENTgray (78 posts) -

Few bands mean as much to me as Sigur Rós. They've been a leading form of inspiration since I heard them back in 2006. I can't think of any other band that has such a deep resonance in my soul. It might sound weird but there's always that one band's sound that feels like it's in tune with who you are. I was fortunate enough to see them kick off their first concert in four years last night right in my home town of Philadelphia. Words can't express how excited I was to be able to see them in concert at the start of the Valtari tour.

The setlist was pretty awesome:

1. Ekki Múkk

2. Varúð

3. Ný Batterí

4. Í Gær

5. E-bow

6. Sæglópur

7. Svefn-g-englar

8. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása

9. Hoppípolla

10. Með Blóðnasir

11. Olsen Olsen

12. Festival

13. Hafsól

Encore:

14. Dauðalogn

15. Popplagið

And Jonsi was insane to see live. I've never seen a voice sound so similar to the studio recordings. Simply incredible.

Is anyone else planning on seeing them? Any die hard fans out there? If you've never heard of them, here's some songs to try.

#2 Posted by MauveForest (588 posts) -

Yes. Seeing them live in Toronto tomorrow ! pretty excited.

#3 Posted by theANCIENTgray (78 posts) -

@MauveForest said:

Yes. Seeing them live in Toronto tomorrow ! pretty excited.

Actually jealous I didn't get to see them a second time. Post your impressions! Have fun!

#4 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

I know their music but I'm not a fan.
My ex was a huge fan however and he played it so much that I will never ever have the need to play them myself.

#5 Posted by Philedius (204 posts) -

Yup. I've seen them live twice. One of the times was here:

It was pretty mind-blowing. Btw, I can be seen at 3:11, dude with the red beenie hat.

#6 Posted by Atlas (2430 posts) -

Saw them a few years ago, the first tour they did without Amiina (the Icelandic string quartet they played with). One of the best days of my life. And last year I was at the premiere of their concert film Inni in London last year; they did a really cool Q&A session that was sadly cut short because one of the lighting rigs caught fire. They seem like the humblest, most unassuming and honestly good people in the world.

Agaetis Byrjun is one of my top five favourite albums of all-time. Cannot describe how much that album means to me. I also have a poster of the artwork for Takk... in my bedroom. It's their second best album IMO.

#7 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Yeah I'm a fan, but not as big of a fan now as I used to be.

#8 Posted by Thoseposers (779 posts) -

the only song i've ever heard from them was from rocksmith and it's fucking hard to play, but it is an amazing song. I may try listening to more of their stuff sometime if a lot of it is like that one

#9 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

Great band. I discovered them pretty late though when I saw the movie Vanilla Sky.

Yep, I love hard rock and melanchonic music.

#10 Edited by Jrinswand (1695 posts) -

I can't say that I'm a fan. I'm seeing Agalloch later this week, though. That counts for something, right?

#11 Posted by Atlas (2430 posts) -

@CptBedlam said:

Yep, I love hard rock and melancholic music.

Me too. We should hang out.

#12 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

I just recently started listening to them so I can't call myself a fan just yet. I have a few albums to go through, but so far what I've heard I really like.

#13 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@Atlas said:

@CptBedlam said:

Yep, I love hard rock and melancholic music.

Me too. We should hang out.

Totally! We could bang heads and cry together!

#14 Posted by RazielCuts (2923 posts) -

Used to be but then I kind of 'got over' them, very samey after the first two albums.

#15 Edited by clapperdude (192 posts) -

Saw them in 2008 when they came through Omaha. Might be the most memorable show I've been to. Was an interesting atmosphere already cause there was stormy weather with tornados, and even had some random people driving by that had to take shelter at my house before leaving. The show didn't get cancelled though, and my friend got to the venue earlier then me so he was there for the sirens going off. Everyone had to sit in the basement where the bands food and stuff was setup. I guess at one point during this the whole band walked by through the hall playing various instruments. Wish I woulda been there to see that...quite a surreal sounding moment. At some point during the actual show the singer tried to explain how crazy he thought tornados are heh.

But yea the show was incredible -- really awesome how they can pretty much play all the instruments and are constantly moving around playing everything.

Oh and just looked and saw someone had some photos of the show I was at (has a sky pic too) http://www.last.fm/event/605955+Sigur+R%C3%B3s+at+Orpheum+Theatre+on+11+June+2008

#16 Posted by andriv (256 posts) -

they lost me with the album after takk, thought they were getting a little bit to coldplay-e

amiina is way better

#17 Posted by DonChipotle (2693 posts) -

Thanks to the Prince of Persia 08 ads I became a fan.

#18 Posted by theANCIENTgray (78 posts) -

@andriv said:

they lost me with the album after takk, thought they were getting a little bit to coldplay-e

amiina is way better

It was a brief thing for them but they returned to their roots with Valtari. I'd wager to say Valtari is pretty much on par with Takk.

#19 Posted by two_socks (223 posts) -

They're a pretty good post-rock band. Not my favorite, though they do have a pretty unique sound what with Jonsi's vocals.

#20 Posted by JCTango (1358 posts) -

@theANCIENTgray: I'm sure I've heard of them on GB before - they have a certain kind of Muse-like vibe to their tone - I like it.

#21 Posted by M_33 (527 posts) -

I like em'. ( ) is one of my favorite albums.

#22 Posted by Drace (164 posts) -

Really big fan of the band. Haven't had a chance to see them live yet and it's too bad they aren't playing closer to me on this tour. Enjoying their new album so much more than their last one (Med Sud blah blah blah).

#23 Posted by NTM (7263 posts) -

That's weird, I was just thinking about them (although I had forgot their name)... but uh, no, not really a fan.

#24 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1731 posts) -

I used to be a huge fan. Ágætis byrjun was my favorite album to listen to while traveling in Germany. Was really pleased to see them at Coachella in 2006. Met a beautiful woman in the crowd, and shared a J. Unfortunately I haven't kept up with them since then, though I almost saw them again this summer.

#25 Posted by xyzygy (9887 posts) -

I feel like their more recent stuff is too happy go lucky, and cannot stand jonsi's solo stuff. I still think the unnamed album is their best.

#26 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

Only a fan of that one awesome song from the end of The Life Aquatic. Stralafur or something, don't speak Icelandic.

#27 Posted by taco484 (120 posts) -

Im a big fan of theirs, I find that I really like when their music is used in film, like in The Life Aquatic, and 127 hours. I have never seen them live, but I did go to new york city to see Jonsi a few years ago.

#28 Posted by csl316 (8082 posts) -

They've done some cool stuff, but I'm definitely not a super fan.

#29 Posted by eskimo (473 posts) -

@theANCIENTgray: Valtari is all harmony, but no melody or rhythm. They've been doing a lot of that lately and I'm kinda over it. Their earlier albums were much more musically interesting, with a lot more diversity in the sound.

#30 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

If you appreciate music it's isn't hard to respect Sigur Ros.

#31 Edited by Butler (384 posts) -

I switch on and off between them, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Red Sparrowes. I own með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly) on vinyl by them. I pretty miffed since I live in philly and missed their show. Post rock has become my new way of life.

#32 Posted by theANCIENTgray (78 posts) -

@eskimo said:

@theANCIENTgray: Valtari is all harmony, but no melody or rhythm. They've been doing a lot of that lately and I'm kinda over it. Their earlier albums were much more musically interesting, with a lot more diversity in the sound.

It's strange to hear you say that because I've found Valtari to be one of their most diverse albums. Very interesting textures. It holds a special place in my heart.