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16 Questions With Sin Fang Bous

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Sin Fang Bous I Photo courtesy of Big Hassle PR

Sin Fang Bous I Photo courtesy of Big Hassle PR

Despite the fact that their economy was pulverized to bits last year, from a musical standpoint Iceland is coming out on top. In the originality category they're especially strong. It doesn't matter whether you're into Sigur Rós, Múm or
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Björk you have to admit, they sound like nothing else. Now you can add another name to that list. Sin Fang Bous the new solo project of Sindri Mar Sigfusson, who took some time off from his band Seabear, to write a gorgeous experimental pop album Clangour. Never heard of him? Fair enough, his first show in LA is tonight at the El Rey Theatre, but if you like Animal Collective and Panda Bear, you might want to take a listen. We caught up with Sindri before his show and asked him a few questions.
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Sin Fang Bous - Advent In Ives Garden

Where did the name Sin Fang Bous come from?
It's just jibberish. I wanted to make up something that didn't exist before.

What inspired "Advent in St. Ives"? Where you in Cornwall at the time?
No, I can't remember where I got that from. I just saw that I had written it down somewhere.

Does "Melting Down Knives" have political undertones? If not, why are the knives being melted?
I can't remember much about that song or when I made it. It's not political though. I don't sing about things in the real world most of the time.

What inspired you to take off from your band Seabear and go solo for this album?
After I finished school in 2007 I had time and songs for another project, I guess.

Do you miss having seven people to bounce ideas off of?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

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Why did you choose the name Clangour for the title of your album?
It's a word for noise that I saw somewhere.

What was the worst show you ever did?
Probably one of the first Seabear shows where the show had no soundman and the whole
show was just feedback.

What song are you most proud of on this album?
I haven't listened to it in a long time but I remember being very happy with jubilee choruses an "Fa Fa Fa."

What is the weirdest thing you ever saw in the audience?
People fighting right in front of the stage while we were playing a really mellow song.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
I wish musicians got paid for internet plays, like on MySpace and YouTube. Even if it was a really small amount for each play, it would be huge for a musician like me. Selling records
and making a living off doing original music is really hard these days, which is a shame.

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Sin Fang Bous - Catch The Light

If you could sing with anyone in the world who would it be?
Samuli Kosminen and we would sing the song 'Love Creation' by the Urban Herbs.

Do you have any strange promoter stories?
One started screaming at our sound guy "you're always lying to me!" and he had never met him before.

What album can you not live without?
I can't think of any, I'm afraid.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could bring three worldly possessions what would they be?
Cellphone, pizza & bottle of wine.

Do you have a favorite local band at the moment?
There are lots of good Icelandic bands.

What's up next for you?
The new Seabear album is finished and will come out in Feb/March I think. I'm working on a new
Sin Fang album that will also come out in 2010. I will be recording a few projects this year for other people and then I have a few projects/bands that I'm working on.

Thank you so much for your time.
No problemo.

Be sure to check out Sin Fang Bous at the El Rey Theatre tonight with Mum and Hilder Gudnadottir. Doors are at 8:00pm. Tickets are $18.