Explosions in the Sky is an American instrumental post-rock band from Texas. The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their cinematic, elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as “cathartic mini-symphonies,” and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows. They primarily play with three electric guitars and a drum kit, although band member Michael James will at times exchange his electric guitar for a bass guitar.

Originally called Breaker Morant, Explosions in the Sky was formed in Austin, Texas in 1999. Drummer Chris Hrasky is from Rockford, Illinois, and the rest of the band hails from Midland, Texas. The new name of “Explosions in the Sky” came from a comment Hrasky made in reference to the noise or sight of fireworks when they left KVRX on the night they played their first set and recorded their first track, “Remember Me as a Time of Day”, that would be released on a compilation. Their 2000 debut album, How Strange, Innocence, was locally distributed in the form of CD-Rs. Rehearsal footage is featured on the short film Cicadas, which won an Austin Film Festival award.

Explosions in the Sky quickly gained a reputation for themselves among other established local bands such as Lift to Experience. Temporary Residence Limited signed the band on the strength of their demo after only half a listen; the demo was submitted by fellow Austin band The American Analog Set with a brief note saying, “This totally fucking destroys.”

The band also received a considerable amount of attention playing before large audiences as the opening act of Fugazi’s spring 2002 US tour in support of The Argument.

After being contacted by Brian Reitzell, Explosions in the Sky wrote the soundtrack for the 2004 film Friday Night Lights. Despite having access to rare equipment in the studio for that project, the band kept to their songwriting style in creating original material.

Their album The Rescue was written and recorded in eight days as part of the TRL Travels in Constants series. As such, the album was originally only available at the band’s live shows.

Explosions in the Sky’s fifth studio album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, which debuted February 20, 2007, exists as both a one-disc version and a two-disc special edition featuring remixes by multiple artists. The band began touring on February 19 in the U.S. and Canada.

On April 26th, 2011, the band released their sixth studio album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

Most notably, Explosions in the Sky’s music is heavily featured in the Friday Night Lights movie and television show. It is a common misconception that the band wrote and recorded the television show’s theme song. Instead, it is an original composition by W.G. Snuffy Walden. Music by Explosions in the Sky has been used in several television programs and commercials: “The Birth and Death of the Day” for the BBC documentary Lost Land of the Jaguar, All the Real Girls, Shopgirl, One Tree Hill, Love the Beast and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, as well as various songs for the PBS documentary The Street Stops Here.

Their song “Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean” is also featured in the narrative sports documentary series 24/7 Mayweather vs. De La Hoya.

Another song, “Catastrophe and the Cure” is used during the intro to Get Collins, an Irish documentary on Michael Collins and the film Kaboom by director Gregg Araki.

In 2009, their song “First Breath After Coma” is used for the introduction of feature presentations on the television network, Versus. The song is also used in the trailer for the Steve Hwang directed documentary Focus.

The song “The Only Moment We Were Alone” is shortly featured in Michael Moore’s documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.

$20ADV/$23 DOOR. General admission seating. All ages. No smoking. Beer and wine served. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.
Tickets avail at 10a on Friday, May 27th at egyptiantheatre,net, The Record Exchange, The Boise Co-op, and Egyptian Theatre box office. Charge by phone at 208-387-1273 Tues-Sat from 11a to 6pm.

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