Atmospheric Icelandic rockers Sigur R's have been performing, mostly successfully, for 12 years. Last year, they decided to say takk, or "thank you," for the opportunity.
Bassist Georg Holm modestly explains that the band decided to name their 2005 release takk ... in the same way they usually choose to name an album.
"It's something that is a bit close to us at the time, a thought or word we have been thinking or saying for a while. ... We'd been projecting (takk) on a big screen after we play a show to say "thank you' to an audience. If somebody asks us for an autograph, we start it off with takk.
"I guess we could say we are saying, "thank you' for people listening to the music, but it's also a reminder for people to maybe use the word a little bit more than it's being used these days. It's a hopeful word."
And takk ... is hopeful. Filled with soaring orchestral pieces, slow crescendos and playfulness, takk ... is the light at the end of Sigur Rs' much darker 2002 album, () (generally referred to as "parenthesis").
"The previous [album] was made after very long periods of time touring and playing the same songs over and over and over again, and then having to go into the studio and record them to get them out of our system," Holm says.
After recording and touring behind (), Sigur R's took six months off, with members living in separate countries and rarely speaking with one another a necessary recharge, according to Holm.
"When we got back together for this record, it was just an explosion of energy and creativity," he adds. "I think you can definitely hear it in the record, how much fun it is."
Over the past few months, Sigur R's has wrapped yet-untitled EP and their first self-directed and -produced music video. The EP will retain takk ...'s hopeful and upbeat tone and is set for release this spring, while the video will be released in the next two weeks.
Though they don't consider themselves a touring band, Sigur R's will be on the road through this summer and promise to perform a combination of the old and the new.
"We're actually going to try and mix it up even more than we have on our previous tours through the States," Holm says. "It's been mostly just the new songs we've been playing, so we're gonna do more of the old songs, as well, and some songs we haven't played for years, actually."
That should be reassuring to Sigur R's fans, often widely brushed as a dedicated and smitten bunch. Holm demurs when asked to describe his own sentiments regarding the emotion the band seems to have extracted from so many listeners.
"We do get e-mails and letters from people telling us stories about how this song changed their lives," he says. "I think that one of the great things about being in this band, is that we do get feedback like that, and it's a privilege."
Sigur Rs with Amina
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver
Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35; call 520-9090 or visit ticketmaster.com.
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