Texan post-rock stalwarts Explosions in the Sky have pushed the boat out for their 20th anniversary; Getintothis’ Matthew Eland dons his party hat and takes a piece of cake…
Explosions in the Sky have pulled out all the stops for their birthday.
They’re putting out not one, but two albums. And if that wasn’t enough, there’ll even be some UK live dates to boot.
First up is 2000 debut How Strange, Innocence, receiving its first international vinyl release here. The band have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it, as described here:
“How Strange, Innocence was our first attempt at an album. We recorded it in January 2000 in Austin: recording took two days, mixing one day, mastering one day. Altogether we pressed 300 CD-R copies of this album…We had been a band about seven months when we recorded these songs.
A lot of feelings (excitement/confusion/glimpses of visions/waking dreams/inability to play instruments) went into this record, but we didn’t quite know what to do with those feelings, none of us had even really been in a studio before, and it shows in the recording, the songs show it, too–it’s a young record…
At certain points along the way several of us wanted to buy back all the copies and burn them. Listening now to this album, it almost seems like a different band composed of four different people. We finally feel okay in re-releasing it, probably because we’ve now made a couple of records that are recorded better and that are closer to our visions for them.”
The Rescue is a different beast altogether. Frequently referred to as the group’s ‘secret’ album, it was recorded in 2005 after their year-long tour for The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place and a year off to recharge.
Its composition was based on, for them, an austere set of rules: they would compose and record a song a day for eight days in a row. Once each day was over, it could not be revisited.
What resulted was light and unruly, but the emotional resonance that charactises their music is still very evident. As such, The Rescue is an intriguing dcument of a band at the height of their powers.
Both releases are due August 16, 2019.
And that’s not all. There are even some UK tour dates in 2020, which go on sale Wednesday July 10th at 10am. There’s time for a stop in Manchester, for anyone wanting more after their 2016 Philharmonic Hall gig.
Feb 11 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
Feb 12 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK
Feb 13 Vicar Street, Dublin, EIRE
Feb 14 Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
Feb 15 Eventim Apollo, London, UK