Explosions In The Sky 10th Anniversary Shows


Explosions In The Sky
In February 1999, three longtime friends from West Texas went to a pizza place in Austin, Texas, for a prearranged meeting with a young man from Illinois. The Illinoisan had just moved to Austin, and he had put up a flyer that caught the interest of the others. They ate pizza and discussed movies and arcana. They also decided to meet the next day with their various instruments (two guitars, bass, and drums). This happened, and over the coming months they picked a band name, then picked a better band name, then wrote and recorded an album. That album, called How Strange, Innocence, was largely out of tune, but the band members didn't really notice at the time. They optimistically printed 300 copies, and gave most of them away. It turned out they really liked playing together, so they kept doing so.

Explosions In The Sky drummer Chris Hrasky says of one of their first live performances: "In the summer of 1999, Michael (James, bass player) and I were working for the Gallup poll, manning the phones. They announced an employee talent show. We signed up. We shared the stage with a Michael Jackson impersonator, an interpretive dancer and, I think, a magician. I remember that my drumset sort of fell apart about halfway through our show. After it was over, someone came up to us and said ‘that was the best heavy metal I've ever heard.'"

A friend of theirs (in the American Analog Set) sent a recording of one of their live shows to a record label in Baltimore (Temporary Residence, Ltd.), and that label offered to put out albums for the band. The band agreed. A year later they put out a second album (2001's Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever). They began to tour often, all over the world. In 2003 another album came (The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place), and in 2007 they put out their most recent, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. They are shocked to see their 10-year anniversary on the horizon.

To celebrate this anniversary, Explosions In The Sky will be playing three special shows this summer, followed by a show in Belgium on 9/9 and a headline appearance at the End of the Road Festival in England on 9/11.

6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium (tickets on sale Saturday, 3/14)
6/30 New York, NY @ Central Park Summer Stage (tickets on sale Saturday, 3/14)
7/2 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre (tickets on sale Saturday, 3/14)
9/9 Antwerp, Belgium @ Ampitheatre Riviernhof
9/11 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival


[Published on: 3/11/09]

Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!

You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!



BRabbit Wed 3/11/2009 03:31PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


sweet see you at the congress.

technopagan Wed 3/11/2009 03:37PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


If you live in Austin, these guys are playing a free show at Auditorium Shores during SXSW. Just a heads up!

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 03:46PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!



BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 04:04PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


thanks for the heads up technBROpagan, i was just about to say "no austin love?"

fishbone1 Wed 3/11/2009 04:59PM
+4 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


fuck that. the congress show is during rothbury. how lame...

jonny.klaiber Wed 3/11/2009 07:20PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


see you guys at the congress!

hippiedaze Thu 3/12/2009 08:04AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

saw the headline, started reading, got very excited because i thought there would be a chance that they would wind up at the bury, and then.... saw the dates below....dreams shattered...but who knows..i mean that is only one day of rothbury, and they will already be in chicago...i guess we will all have to wait and see if they are on the line up~ I'd be happy, take care brothers and sisters~