EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
The post-rock movement has become and incredibly diverse genre of talent, and nowhere is that exemplified more than with the instrumental stylings of Explosions in the Sky. The group, featuring three guitar players in Mark Smith, Munaf Rayani and Michael James, and drummer Chris Hrasky, are able to create a dynamic mix of elaborately-developed guitar work and melodies that the group themselves has called "cathartic mini-symphonies," and like many groups in post-rock, the art of progression and gradually building sound into more powerful and soaring instrumental riffs is a signature part of Explosions In the Sky's style.
The group formed in the late '90s in Austin, Texas, and was originally dubbed Breaker Morant, until the band settled on their current name in the early 2000s. The group's first album, How Strange, Innocence, was initially distributed with burned copies at the band's shows and quickly began to gain traction around the music-crazed city of Austin for their stunning live performances. After signing with the record label Temporary Residence Limited, the group released their first label debut, Those Who Tell The Truth, which would become a surprisingly big hit in the latter half of 2001.
Throughout the course of the 2000s, Explosions In The Sky would continue to release albums and gain exposure by touring with a variety of popular acts. In 2003, the group released The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, and gained particular notoriety in 2004 when the band recorded the soundtrack to the feature film, Friday Night Lights, which would also become a successful TV show. This opened up Explosions In The Sky to a wide new audience, so by the time the band released All Of The Sudden I Miss Everyone in 2007, the record reported strong sales numbers and the group was beginning to build a serious following that resulted in increased tour dates.
After a brief hiatus at the end of the decade, Explosions in the Sky came roaring back in 2011 with the release of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, the group's sixth studio album which would be well-received by critics and fans alike. Ultimately, Explosions in the Sky will be remembered as one of the driving forces behind the post-rock movement, who have dramatically expanded the genre to reach new audiences and push the limits of what a few guitars and a drum kit can actually achieve