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sigur ros consists of jn or (jnsi) birgisson (vocals, guitars), kjartan (kjarri) sveinsson (keyboards), orri pll drason (drums) and georg (goggi) holm (bass). the band were formed by jnsi, georg and original drummer gst in 1994. they were later joined by kjartan and when gst left the band after the recording of gtis byrjun in order to pursue a career in graphic design, he was replaced by orri. sigur rs hail from Iceland, and rightly claim to bring you the beautiful landscape of their homeland with their music. it's impossible to fully justify it with words, so the best advice would be to check out the media page and listen to some tracks from their astonishing back catalogue.
sigur ros have released four albums so far, plus one remix album (von brigi - recycle bin). The first album, recently given a worldwide release for the first time, is called von (hope). Frequently unrecognizable from the bulk of their subsequent work, von is an experimental and ambient work, which many believe to be a concept album (something the band deny, however).
Early in 2003, sigur rs embarked on an extensive European and American tour which included legendary performances at the hammersmith apollo in london and radio city music hall in New York City. they took a well-earned break that summer, after which they joined forces with Radiohead to write music for the modern dance piece split sides by merce cunningham, one of the band's numerous side projects since the release of ( ).
2004 was largely spent writing and recording the band's fourth album, 'takk' (thanks). Finally released in September 2005, 'takk...' quickly became sigur rs' largest selling album to date and charted highly across the globe. it entered at number 16 in the UK charts and at 27 in the us.
The band celebrated the release of 'takk...' with an extensive world tour, playing their largest shows to date, including a headline show at the Hollywood Bowl. They are then taking a well deserved break before beginning work on new material.