Check out what our own e-boarder, Everett Torpey, had to say about the Sigur Rós show at Bayfront Park last week!
On Thursday October 9th, Sigur Rós, an Icelandic post-rock band, put on a stellar show in Bayfront Park, Miami to bring a close to their 20 date American tour. Although the majority of the audience, including us didn’t understand a single song lyric, the power of Sigur Rós music was enough to bring the audience to their feet and form tears in their eyes. Bayfront Park, which usually houses the notoriously loud and massive Ultra Music Festival, had a much more relaxed vibe that seemed to attract a wide variety of concertgoers.
Sigur Rós’ music provided the perfect soundtrack to the already picturesque ambiance of the Miami skyline. At approximately 8:30pm the 10+ member band emerged through a cloud of fog that coated the stage. As the first falsetto notes from lead singer Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson rang out into the cool Biscayne breeze, chills ran down my spine. The singer’s unique angelic falsetto and bowed electric guitar, a style made famous by the great Jimmy Page, is a trademark sound of the band. Backing Jónsi was an eclectic sound landscape of other musicians including a female vocal harmony trio, a horn trio, drummer, bassist, percussionist, and keyboardist. Accompanying the music was a collage of abstract video sequences and a sea of lanterns that blinked in rhythm with the pulsing of the band’s heavy percussion. The set featured an even spread of older crowd favorites and their newer albums which created a good dynamic contrast of minimalistic and industrial sounds.
By the end of the concert, the entire audience was on its feet rejoicing in the tumultuous finish to a short but epic set. The band all came together to bow in front of a screen that displayed the Icelandic word “Takk” which translates to mean “Thank You.” Considering they don’t tour America too frequently, it was a special opportunity to see them at such a beautiful venue. Even if you happened to miss them this time around, you should absolutely make the effort to see them the next time they make their way down to South Florida.