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Sigur Rós

Also known as

Sìgur Ros, Sigur Ros, Sìgur Rós, Sigur Rã³s, Sigur Rós

Musical genres

Minimalist Post Rock, Shoegazing, Dream pop, Ambient music, Post-rock, World music, Symphonic rock, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

Sigur Rós (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsɪːɣʏr ˈroːus] ( listen)) is an Icelandic post-rock band. The band is known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, the use of bowed guitar and for incorporating classical and minimalist elements into their music. In January 2010, the band announced that they will be on hiatus, however the band has announced that they are currently working on a new album and that there will be a world tour in 2012. The name "Sigur Rós" is Icelandic for "Victory Rose". The band was named after Jónsi's newborn sister, Sigurrós Elín.
Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Georg Hólm (bass) and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson (drums) formed the group in Reykjavík in August 1994. Their name is Icelandic wordplay: while the individual words Sigur and Rós mean, respectively, Victory and Rose, "Victory Rose" wouldn't be grammatically correct; the name is actually borrowed from Jónsi's younger sister Sigurrós, who was born the same day as the band was formed, and then split into two words. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label, Bad Taste. In 1997, they released Von (pronounced [vɔːn], meaning "hope") and in

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