by / March 24th, 2009 /

Sigur Rós Takeway Show

If the thought of Sigur Rós playing acoustic in a French cafe sounds unlikely, then take a look at the latest chapter in Vincent Moons ‘Takeaway Shows‘. Not that he had an easy time of it, the notoriously unforthcoming Icelanders making him work for his few minutes of video gold. As Moon himself writes on his blog,

We bought a bucket at a bazaar in a side-street, and we decided not to bother pulling out the costumes. We moved some tables to set up a splendid harmonium, we took over the piano, and everything seemed ready’¦ the only thing missing was two drummer’s brushes, which weren’t in the van. Some guy had to go back to Villette to look for them.

While we wait, we ask the group in vain to play a few other songs in the mean time’”any song that doesn’t need the brushes. They decline. As their manager reminds us, they’ve never done anything like this before’”they usually don’t perform acoustic. We just have to wait, and not add to the looming pressure of tonight’s huge concert.

Little by little the room empties, the remaining diners drag out the final moments of their lunch, and then the drumsticks arrive. The environment is tense, but they jump in. A few notes on the harmonium, and an incredible voice that it would have been a shame to exhaust. We don’t know if the sticks were essential. But in three minutes, our patience was repaid.

He’s not wrong….

  • John Walshe

    Absolute magic.