Icelandic dramatists Sigur Rós claim that to leave their native land for any length of time would be akin to cutting the umbilical chord, confirming that the magnificent music they craft is directly inspired by the stunning topography of their immediate environment. It is a wonderful place, they have stated of their homeland. We have all these big empty places where no-one lives, with glaciers and lava. The sky is so big in this country.
The band was formed in Reykjavík in 1994 by Jónsi (Jón Pór Birgisson, 23 April 1975, Iceland; vocals/guitar), Goggi (b. Georg Hólm, 6 April 1976, Iceland; bass) and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson (b. Iceland; drums). Their moniker is appropriated from Birgissons sister Sigurrós, who was apparently born on the day the band was conceived. Von was released on the local Smekkleysa label, and was followed by a...