Explosions in the Sky
Sunday 24th April 2016
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £22 + booking fee / £24
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Austin-based instrumental post-rock quartet known for moody, cinematic compositions drawing from a number of sonic sources.
With a reputation for a scathingly intense live performance and a quickly sold-out CD-R demo, How Strange, Innocence, which was later reissued in 2005, Explosions in the Sky was touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock à la Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor!
The quartet of Texas kids, made up of Mark Smith and Munaf Rayani on guitars, Michael James on bass, and Christopher Hrasky on drums, was signed for its first release on Temporary Residence Limited after half a listen to their demo, which was submitted by the American Analog Set with a brief note saying “This totally f*cking destroys.” From that, they released their first six-song album, Those Who Tell the Truth, in the latter half of 2001. After a new record, 2003’s contemplative The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, and the 2005 re-release, Explosions in the Sky, who had by this time garnered a dedicated fan base, came out with All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone in 2007.
The band also found some exposure by lending their emotive songwriting to the soundtracks of both the film and television series Friday Night Lights, creating a stirring soundtrack to the drama set in their home state of Texas. In 2011, the quartet got back to writing albums, releasing Take Care, Take Care, Take Care on Temporary Residence. Two years later, the band teamed up with fellow Austin resident David Wingo to do the score for David Gordon Green’s film, Prince Avalanche.
“Texans Explosions In The Sky have not only stuck faithfully to their roots, they’ve made the defining album of their career.” – NME
“These are tunes that twinkle and thunder like exploding stars, and show that there are still infinite possibilities in two guitars, bass and drums.” – The Guardian
Support comes from Scottish indie rock band, We Were Promised Jetpacks.