It wouldnâ€™t be fair to compare my first Sigur Ros concert experience with the one I had last week. You see, in 2004 I witnessed one of my favorite live concert experiences in Louisville at the Brown Theatre when Sigur Ros was on their first American tour. Being exposed to the band and their unique stage show was amazing. So, heading into Thursday nights show at the Taft Theatre, I naturally had high expectations. However, my expectations were that I would not be able to duplicate my initial experience.
One of the things about Sigur Ros is that the live sound is a very close equivalent to the sound you hear on the SR cd spinning in your car or pumping through your ipod. Jonsi and company somehow manage to duplicate what would seem to be a variety studio enhanced effects. The show began with a sheer shade of sorts covering the front of the Taft stage, a large projector in the back sprayed imagery onto the shade and lights behind the band allowed their silhouettes to line the shade as well. After the first song the shade came up and the band was exposed to the crowds delight.
Throughout the show, many instruments were used and the visual effects were top notch as well. I could begin to tell you the track list, who really knows or can pronounce the names of these songs anyway? I do know I recognized about 80% of the songs and enjoyed them greatly. After nearly two hours and two encores Sigur Ros called it a night with their signature all hands on deck bow and wave ending. If there was ever a band you could appreciate much more in person than through their studio work, it could be Sigur Ros, though the studio work in itself stands apart from the rest quite well.
I did manage to find the setlist, kudos to whomever was able to document it…..
13. Svo HljÃ³tt
(photo taken from Donewaiting)