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Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky first combusted in 1999 in Austin, Texas. When indie pop band American Analog Set submitted Explosions in the Sky’s demo to Temporary Residence Ltd with a note observing that “this totally fucking destroys,” they bore insightful witness to the band’s rock ‘n roll spirit. Explosions in the Sky is often described as post-rock, and thus grouped with bands that ostensibly transcend rock conventions in order to explore other moods and textures. Yet Explosions in the Sky conjure rock mad scientists, rock deconstructionists, third rail conductors, coaxing 8-minute epics out of rock’s cathartic nucleus, breaking atoms. The way a lonely guitar arpeggio erupting into ringing guitar lines and crashing drums can capture the ascent from wistful longing to don’t-ever-wonder clarity. That half-listened-to totally fucking destroying demo has led to six albums, composing for Friday Night Lights and David Gordon Greene’s film Prince Avalanche, and fifteen years of acclaimed live shows.

My Talent Sessions

Sunday, May 22

1:00am EDT


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