Sigur Ros is a band based in Iceland that was formed in 1994 by Georg Holm, Jon Birgisson and Agúst Ævar Gunnarsson. The name of the band was derived from Jónsi Birgisson’s little sister, Sigurrós. After formation, the band became pop chamber sensation some years later when their album became a number one hit. In 1997, they released an album called Hope (von) and 1998 they released a remix collection called Von brigoi.
i is wordplay in Iceland meaning disappointment, but Von brigoi means hope alteration. Sometimes the album is referred to as Recycle bin in English.
The band was spiced up when a keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson joined them in 1998 after which they released Agætis byrjun in 1999 an international hit. Agætis byrjun continued to gained popularity over years down the line. The albums reputation attracted so many critics as it was one the best albums of the time and the band was now playing Radiohead along with other big names.
In 2001, the band set out to produce their third album at their new swimming pool studio. The album was produced with the help of the chairman of Iceland poetry society Steindór Andersen. Also a fisherman, Steindór is a remarkable singer of traditional Icelandic epic poetry form, known as rímur. The band named their album rímur. During the 2001 spring tour, the band sold only 1000 copies.
In 2002, the band produced another album () that was highly anticipated. Unfortunately, the songs the () album did not have titles although the band published the title of the song, later on, their official website. In 2003, the band joined Radiohead to compose music and in 2004, they released three tracks “Ba Ba,”Ti Ki,” and “Di Do”. The band intended that the songs play as a single track, but they were played on separate tracks. By October 2004, von album that had been produced in 1997 found a release in the UK and the US. A lot happened in 2005 including offers of legal download of most of the bands tracks in most parts of US and UK.
The band released a double album Hvarf/Heim in November 2007. Hvarf contained new versions of songs in their oldest albums while Heim contained live acoustic versions of their most popular songs.
In 2008 to 2010 the band worked on new materials which included live album and DVD. The band produced their sixth studio album Valtari, on may 2012. In 2013, the band released Kveikur after Kjartan Sveinsson left them.
1n 2014 the band made a remarkable appearance on the HBO show Game of Thrones in the second episode season 4 for performing The Rains of Castamere.
Since the launch of the band, Sigur Rós has sold more than 2.5 million albums all over the world.