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Explosions in the Sky

Hometown: austin, tx

In February 1999, three longtime friends from West Texas went to a pizza place in Austin, Texas, for a prearranged meeting with a young man from Illinois. The Illinoisan had just moved to Austin, and he had put up a flyer that caught the interest of the others. They ate pizza and discussed movies and arcana. They also decided to meet the next day with their various instruments (two guitars, bass, and drums). This happened, and over the coming months they picked a band name, then picked a better band name, then wrote and recorded an album. That album, called How Strange, Innocence, was largely out of tune, but the band members didn’t really notice at the time. They optimistically printed 300 copies, and gave most of them away. It turned out they really liked playing together, so they kept doing so. A friend of theirs sent a recording of one of their live shows to a record label in Baltimore, and that label offered to put out albums for the band. The band agreed. A year later they put out a second album (Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever). They began to tour often, all over the world. In 2003 another album came (The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place), and in 2007 they put out All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. Their fifth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, will be released in April 2011.

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  • Buzz Bands LA

    Buzz Bands LA on Explosions in the Sky

    almost 2 years ago

    Who: Explosions in the Sky at the Outdoor Theatre In 3 or Fewer Words: No words necessary. Memorable Because: While the clouds slightly wept during the Dear Hunter's exquisite set earlier in the day, a set from Explosions in the Sky automatically commanded the sky to break open and pelt us with rain (but only slightly harder than before) so each note splashed on to skins for a religious experience. Aside from introducing themselves and saying thanks afterward, not a single word came from the band and not many others more here

  • Covert Curiosity on Explosions in the Sky

    over 3 years ago

    After a long day of stuffing myself with plates of turkey & dressing I wanted to do nothing but kick back and chill out for a few good hours. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Explosions in the Sky

    over 3 years ago

    I have lived in Austin long enough that I sometimes take for granted the fact that there is a never-ending reserve of good music being created around me, so grabbing a few handfuls of this stuff from time to time and putting it all together in one place is one way of keeping up with what's happening. more at blogspot.com

  • Covert Curiosity on Explosions in the Sky

    over 3 years ago

    Released tomorrow, February 27th 2007: Dr. more at blogspot.com

  • pitchfork

    pitchfork on Explosions in the Sky

    over 5 years ago

    EITS works with classical narrative arcs-- tension and release, conflict and resolution, fatigue and redemption-- producing records that provoke both the satisfaction and the ennui that attend their time-honed methods. more at www.pitchforkmedia.com

  • allmusic

    allmusic on Explosions in the Sky

    over 5 years ago

    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." more at www.allmusic.com

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