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Influential Icelandic band Sigur Ros sell out Fort Canning gig

Published on Nov 7, 2012 6:12 PM
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Jon Thor Birgisson, the guitar player and lead singer of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros performs on stage during the Rock-en-Seine music festival on Aug 24, 2012, in Saint-Cloud, near Paris. The band's Nov 23 concert at Fort Canning Park sold out last week, prompting gig promoter LAMC Productions to release more tickets at $110 over the last few days. Now sales have crossed the 7,000 mark. --PHOTO: AFP

Critics often paint Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros, known for their melancholic and ethereal sound, as a sombre group exploring themes about the fragility of the human condition.

It is a sound that has resulted in worldwide hits Svefn-G-Englar and Staralfur from their sophomore album Agaetis Byrjun (1999), featuring lush reverb, guitar work using a cello bow, and the falsetto vocals of lead guitarist and vocalist Jonsi Birgisson, 37.

But when Life! mentions to Birgisson how his music comes across as contemplative and introspective, he replies: "It's nothing special." He adds: "It basically has to move me when I make an album, and if does move someone else, that's amazing."

"Someone" is an understatement - try more than 7,000 fans who have bought ticket to watch them in Singapore. Their Nov 23 concert at Fort Canning Park sold out last week, prompting gig promoter LAMC Productions to release more tickets at $110 over the last few days. Now sales have crossed the 7,000 mark.

 
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