Sigur Ros: Live at Bass Performance Hall
This is going to be more of a photo-recap than a formal review, as I'm tired and I have to get to The Cavern to DJ (ie, plug in our laptop and click a bunch of stuff) to our adoring audience of 2: the bartender girl, and random old guy at the bar that would probably rather listen to the jukebox.
Last night's Sigur Ros show at Bass wasn't the life-altering experience I was sort of hoping for, nor was it the best show I've ever seen. But it was full of amazing, transcendant moments, and despite a few technical difficulties (which the ladies of Amina found hilarious), it was one of the most captivating concert experiences I've ever had. Much has been made of the visual set up, and for good reason.
The band employs a front-screen for the show opener, which creates a spell-bounding cinematic effect. From the opening note, the band had the entire audience entranced (except for Torr, he was sleeping), which created a unique atmosphere. The adoring crowd was completely silent, and even when a song ended, it seemed no one wanted to be the first to break the silence with their applause.
Musically, I can't really put into words how epic this band is live. They elicit an otherworldly feeling at times with their soaring, emotional soundscapes.
The show-closer ("Untitled #8", I believe) was the most spectacular ending to a concert I've ever seen, hands down. And it was actually the tour-closer, as this was the last stop on their current North American trip. A fitting end to what was, by all accounts, an amazing tour.
Check out this footage and the following description of an impromptu aftershow performance by Sigur Ros last night, outside of their tour bus.
"Then around 1am that night, coming back to our car after dinner, there they were - chipped teeth and kind of bug-eyed - standing outside their tour bus. With an acoustic guitar and a banjo. There were like three other people around. We stood there in absolute disbelief for a little while, then they started motioning for us to join in (I am not making this up). We went over there and started clapping, singing, and whooping along to this funny little country song they were playing"
Sorry I missed this. (via this guy's blog)