Explosions in the Sky
- Doug Johnstone
- 17 January 2008
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sun 27 Jan
What’s in a band name? In the case of Explosions in the Sky, a pretty accurate description of the mental images conjured up when they play. The intense and intelligent four-piece band from Austin, Texas have been consistently delivering incredibly moving and dramatic post-rock sounds since they formed back in 1999.
The advert in the window of an Austin music shop back then said it all: ‘Wanted: Sad, triumphant rock band’. Which is exactly what formed when Munaf Rayani, Mark Smith, Michael James and Chris Hrasky got together. Since then the band have released four studio albums of increasing complexity and emotive power, the latest of which, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, pushed the boundaries of their sound, extending the dynamics of their vision and generally making indie hearts melt all over the world.
And it’s not just indie fans. The band’s obviously cinematic feel led to them catching the ear of Brian Reitzell, who’d been music supervisor on movies The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Knowing the band’s Texan roots, he asked them to write the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights, a film about a Texas high school American football team starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Citing bands like The Dirty Three and Mogwai as original inspirations, EITS can now count such acts as their peers, and the foursome were recently asked to curate this year’s prestigious ATP Festival in May. If you can’t make it to that shebang in Camber Sands, this hot ticket at the Barras will undoubtedly compensate.