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Seabear to Make Splash in San Diego



    Originally a solo project of Reykjavik native Sindri Már Sigfússon, Seabear now boasts six members and international acclaim.

    On Oct. 27, the Icelandic indie-folksters will play the Casbah.

    In 2007, the band released its debut LP, The Ghost That Carried Us Away. They released their follow-up, We Built A Fire, on March 5 of this year.

    Often compared to Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens, Seabear became a big name in Europe after their song "Cat Piano" appeared in a BBC commercial. Other Seabear songs have been featured in the terrible, awful TV shows Gossip Girl and Gray's Anatomy, but don't let any association with those painful melodramas drive you away from the Casbah next week. The band's performance at this year's South by Southwest, in Austin, Texas, left many festivalgoers raving, and their show next week should please San Diegans just the same.

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    The members of Seabear are also all-around good people: they just filmed a live performance in Reykjavik to help their struggling country after recent catastrophies including volcanic eruption and economic collapse. If you'd like a taste of what their Casbah show might offer, check out the video here. (Note: though Sigfússon is singing in Icelandic here, most of their songs are in English.)

    The band also just released a remix of their new album's first single, "I'll Build You a Fire." It's really cool and definitely worth a listen.

    Seabear will play the Casbah on Oct. 27. Get your tickets here.

    T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.