Explosions in the Sky set for UK tour 2012
- Doug Johnstone
- 19 December 2011
The post-rock icons return to Glasgow to tour latest album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
There’s a long tradition of guitar bands scrabbling around trying to define the zeitgeist or whatever. Then there are the more restrained bands who quietly go about the business of being casually awesome. Explosions in the Sky fall into the latter category. Hailing from Austin, Texas, the foursome emerged as pioneers in a second post-rock mini-wave, citing Mogwai and The Dirty Three as influences, and creating monstrous slabs of guitars and drums that flew in the face of commercial rock yet saw them carve out a niche for themselves.
It’s now been 12 years since they formed, thanks to an ad in a music shop for a ‘sad, triumphant rock band’, and their six albums since have seen the band hone their organic sound to a sumptuous peak, displaying a near telepathic understanding of musical dynamics on stage.
The band’s most recent offering, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, has been four years in the making, and had a genesis more fraught than previous outings. At one point they toyed with the idea of writing an album of short and snappy rock’n’roll numbers. Then they had a sabbatical and seriously considered quitting altogether. They eventually wound up with over 50 demos, from which they carve out the six monumental tracks on the final album. Even then, it seemed hard to get their shit together. This from their self-penned press release: ‘Two of us can’t get to sleep most nights. Two of us wake up early in the morning and can’t get back to sleep. No joke, it’s a challenge schedule-wise.’ But it’s a challenge they’ve overcome, at least enough to head out on the road. If you’re a fan of gently epic guitar genius, and let’s face it you should be, it’s a gig not to miss.
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Mon 23 Jan.