Thursday, March 30, 2006

Sigur Rós

Ooh my word, if last night's Sigur Rós extravaganza wasn't the most fantastic gig I have ever been to!

By rights I shouldn't like "the" Rós, as I'm a terrible traditionalist and I like songs with nice lyrics that I can understand. Whereas Sigur Rós do quite otherworldly instrumental stuff, whose lyrics, when there are any, are either in Icelandic or a made-up language*.

But I was in no way prepared for the fact that they were going to play some of their set from behind a big white curtain, with fantastic leaping shadows and other similarly eerie effects. Or that the rest of it was going to be accompanied by fabulous swirly lights and huge video projections. Or that at one point, a miniature marching band was going to appear stage left and march to stage right. Or that each of their songs would be illuminated in a different colour, thus helpfully colour-coding them for philistines like me who can't really tell them apart. (If the Sigur Rós boys are reading, I liked the green one near the beginning best). Or that there would be a huge hallucinatory lightshow finale that actually left me quite speechless.

Wonderful stuff. Everyone should go and see them live, even if they don't like them. I had to walk home in the rain afterwards, and I didn't even care.

Many thanks to the legendary PP - whose pre-gig concerns about the quality of the proscenium at the Hammersmith Apollo fortunately turned out to be unfounded - for the ticket. Woohoo!

* Which James once helpfully translated here.



Dave again said...

Jolly good. I had a wild and exciting night too last night.

Albeit not in your league.

taigathefox said...

Oh, lucky you!
* trying my best not to be jealous and laughing at James' superb translation at the same time *

Wyndham said...

Glad to see that showbusiness is alive and well - that some young bands make an effort to entertain us, even if it is just by colour-coding. I'd rather go to Iceland, though.

Interpreter Pavlov said...

Sometimes walking home in the rain is just the thing for winding down. Hope you've dried off by now, tho' wet hair is an original souvenir. But maybe you were wearing your red Breughel hat?

Betty said...

They certainly looked impressive when they were on Later With Droolls Holland. Almost impressive enough for me to bother seeing them, but I retired from gig going many years ago due to old age.

patroclus said...

It was really impressive, Betty. And all very civilised and seated, so not really like going to a gig at all.

deep_63 said...

Wow - saw this awesome genius from Iceland on Tuesday 28th at Hamm Apollo too, they are beyond words..........just listen and enjoy.

Spinsterella said...

>>miniature marching band...


Or children?

Or just not very many of them? And if so, just how many marchers do you need for a proper marching band?

patroclus said...

Very good questions Spin. Later it occurred to me that it may not have been so much that they were small, but that I was sitting far away.

Pashmina said...

Someone actually offered me a ticket to that yesterday, but I had a prior so regretfully declined. Am even more regretful now.

patroclus said...

Oh no! I hope your prior thing was a suitably enjoyable alternative. It would have been great to see you, though.

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Stef the engineer said...

I heard Sigur Ros on Radio 1 the other night. I hope that doesn't mean you'll have to stop liking them?