Icelandic folk group Seabear will play at Bates


LEWISTON — Seabear, an indie-folk band based in Reykjavik, Iceland, will perform Monday, March 29, at Bates College.

The free concert is open to the public.

Once the lo-fi solo project of Icelandic singer/multi-instrumentalist Sindri Már Sigfússon, who was praised by Rolling Stone as the “Icelandic Beck,” Seabear is embarking on its first North American tour.

Formed in the early 2000s, Seabear has morphed into a rambling experimental/indie/folk septet. Joining Sigfússon are Gudbjörg Hlin Gudmundsdottir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Halldór Ragnarsson, Örn Ingi Ágústsson, Kjartan Bragi Bjarnason and Sóley Stefánsdóttir.

The band recently released its second full-length LP, “We Built a Fire.” Each member had equal input in the writing process.

While Sigfússon’s voice remains the centerpiece on “We Built a Fire,” the new joint approach is reflected in songs like “I’ll Build You a Fire,” with the whole band joining in on vocals.

Despite scant promotion and airplay behind its 2007 debut album, “The Ghost That Carried Us Away,” Seabear’s songs and animated videos were a social media hit, generating millions of plays on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

The band’s songs have, subsequently, been featured in the soundtracks of several television programs, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Gossip Girl.”

For more information on Seabear, visit its Web site,

The concert will begin at 9 p.m. in the Benjamin Mays Center, 95 Russell St. For more information, e-mail Doug Ray at [email protected]