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Austin, United States (1999 – present)

Explosions In The Sky is an American band, which formed in Austin, Texas in 1999. Munaf Rayani, Mark Smith, and Michael James had just moved to Austin from Midland, Texas, and drummer Chris Hrasky had just moved to Austin from Rockford, Illinois.

The band quickly gained a reputation for their live shows even amongst other established local bands such as Lift to Experience. They also garnered a small amount of media attention as a result of their second album Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, due to rumors linking it to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - The album was released in late August 2001, with liner notes containing a picture of an airplane and the text “This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow”.

“The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place” is their third full-length album (counting “How Strange, Innocence” as their debut, see below). It shows the band has developed their characteristic sound to its full potential and the album has been critically acclaimed.

Friday Night Lights, the football movie based on the book of the same name, featured a soundtrack consisting mostly of songs by Explosions in the Sky, both original (as found on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack ) and from earlier releases. They are also frequently played in the TV-series sharing the name.


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  • peterjon

    Love them....

    Yesterday 8:35am Reply
  • braydee

    I feel like the those claiming the music is too basic don't really get the art of the build up and how keeping something basic can be powerful.

    20 Jul 6:54pm Reply
  • Dreamglasses

    What a great music! :-)

    18 Jul 12:56pm Reply
  • Metal_Ganon

    Basically, they get lots of hype from genres newbies for playing *very* basic, standardized post-rock and never really trying to go beyond that. It's not bad per se (certainly uncreative from a certain point on), but definitely bland an unrisking compared to most other big names in post-rock.

    17 Jul 4:56pm Reply
  • harpseel

    The hate is primarily because they kind of ruined post rock by setting a precedent off ripping off Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven.

    14 Jul 5:36am Reply
  • CremeDoLaWelts

    I dont really understand the hate around this band (sorry for my shitty english). They are pretty basic, but very amazing. If you hate them because /mu/ do it, maybe you should reconsider your perception of the music. The same with all that people who hates/dislike something because /mu/ do the same.

    6 Jul 12:36am Reply
  • arcticmuse93

    4 Jul 2:04pm Reply
  • andtomort

    To say these guys are phenomenal is an understatement.

    3 Jul 8:54am Reply
  • vibrationofsoul

    I will never love anything else more than I love explosions in the sky

    15 Jun 12:18pm Reply
  • siaVash-esn

    Soothing and energetic at the same time.

    13 Jun 11:57pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    deadtarget, разве Пост-Рок в моде? :)

    11 Jun 2:22pm Reply
  • Funky-Shit-

    "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place" what a fucking good damn album

    7 Jun 1:57pm Reply
  • Chromatic-Bird

    Come on these guys need to release some stuff

    15 May 6:20pm Reply
  • Malik6661


    14 May 6:49am Reply
  • ohwhygeorgia

    Uma das bandas mais bonitas e tristes.

    10 May 5:40am Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice music

    5 May 1:30pm Reply
  • JulyZhang429

    Was amazing in Shanghai! 40mins' set was wayyy too short! Make sure revisit China with independent gigs!

    3 May 9:28am Reply
  • Joseltm

    Friday Night Ligts!!!

    1 May 11:56am Reply
  • Victorweg

    One of the first post-rock bands I've listened to, and still today their sound is the one which most pleases me.

    27 Apr 2:14pm Reply
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