Sigur Rós experiment with feeling angry, bring that anger to a new record and a town near you

Sigur Rós experiment with feeling angry, bring that anger to a new record and a town near you

It seems Sigur Rós have been trying out some new feelings recently: anger, fear, paranoia, and possibly some violent urges. I’d imagine their therapist said it’s positive to expand beyond the “melancholy-with-a-thin-patina-of-hope” we have all come to know and love. Previously, being told that humans normally have a range of emotions brought about forays into happiness like “Gobbledigook”. But even with all that neat-o “la la la”ing and bouncy acoustic strumming, it gets wishy-washy and their therapist (I assume they get a group rate) just sits there and shakes her head. Sigur Rós are sadness-junkies returning to their sadness-drug because it sadness-fuels them. For a prime example of how they can’t stop pumping disconsolate-but-hopeful vibes into our collective ears, check the video for their new song “Brennisteinn.”

Sure, it’s got scrunched-up industrial feedback, sure it looks like it could have been filmed backstage at Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 Woodstock performance, but it’s still clearly got that heavy heart that’s just so Sigur Rós. Obviously they are trying desperately to move away from that and failing, so if you happen to be a souless, steel-hearted monolith of a person they need to talk to you. And make it soon, because their new album, Kveikur, is supposed to come out June 18 on XL Recordings, meaning they have to stop being sad and start being angry quick.

Oh, also, they are bringing their new-found attempts at anger everywhere that has a dot on the map. Seriously, if a city has a population of more than 1000 they are probably playing a show there. Please tell their therapist if they come onto stage covered in mud and smash their instruments at the end of the set; it means they are making progress.

Dates:

03.26.13 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
03.27.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
03.29.13 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
03.30.13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Theatre Bowl
04.01.13 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
04.02.13 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
04.03.13 - Saint Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
04.04.13 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
04.06.13 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank
04.08.13 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
04.09.13 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
04.10.13 - Austin, TX - Cedar Park Center
04.12.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.16.13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
04.19.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.10.13 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Istora Senayan
05.14.13 - Toyko, Japan - Nippon Budokan
05.15.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Zepp, Nagoya
05.16.13 - Fukuoka, Japan - Zepp, Fukuoka
05.17.13 - Osaka, Japan - Kobe World Hall, Osaka
05.19.13 - Seoul, South Korea - Olympic Gymnastics Arena
05.21.13 - Hong Kong, China - Asia World Arena
05.25.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.26.13 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
05.27.13 - Burnaby, BC - Deer Lake Park
06.19.13 - Dresden, Germany - Junge Garde
06.21-23.13 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival (One performance, Date TBA)
06.21-23.13 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival (One performance, date TBA)
06.23.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Warsaw, Poland - Sowinskiego Amphitheatre
06.28.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Openair
06.30.13 - Cornwall, UK - Eden Project
07.04.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.06.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaarirock Festival
07.18.13 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava
07.20.13 - Salacgriva, Latvia - Positivus Festival
07.26.13 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
07.27.13 - Lucca, Italy - City Square
07.28.13 - Rome, Italy - Ippodromo Delle Capennelle
08.30.13 - Cheshire, UK - Jodrell Bank
08.31.13 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
11.16.13 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
11.19.13 - Nottingham, UK - Nottingham Arena
11.20.13 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre
11.21.13 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
11.23.13 - Luxembourg - Rockhal
11.24.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
11.25.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Hall
11.27.13 - Malmo, Sweden - Balgiska Hallen
11.28.13 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum

• Sigur Rós: http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk
• XL: http://xlrecordings.com

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