Tuesday night brought Icelandic shoegazers Sigur Ros to The Fabulous Fox here in St Louis. Having been a big fan of the band for quite a while already, I had my chance to experience them live for the first time last year when they played a rare show at Lollapalooza. It was wonderfully glorious. Along with a hushed, expectant crowd, I marveled at the beauty of the music Sigur Ros over the piercing heat and daylight as lead singer Jonsi serenaded as all.
A few months after that Lollapalooza performance, Sigur Ros announced a new record as well as the departure of longtime band member Kjartan Sveinsson. Kveikur, Sigur Ros‘s new record showcased a different side to the band as they debut a new heavier sound with almost hints of metal. This was a stark departure to the familiar woodsy and quiet sound of before. And Sigur Ros was eager to show that they can rock with the best of them.
And rock they did. In the magnificent hallowed theater of The Fox, Sigur Ros, pounded and grounded their music, letting the reverb echo out through the halls. This was not the quiet beauty that I saw at Lollapalooza. It is something more. Something louder yet just as magnificent and beautiful.
Missouri-grown Julianna Barwick opened the show for her home state crowd. Using just her keys and her partner’s guitar, Barwick was able to transpose her ethereal and no less lovely music over the theater.
Pictures from the show as well as a video of Sigur Ros playing an 2012’s Varúð are embedded below.