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28 October, 2005

New old EITS out

I've only made tangential references to them before, but one of my (several) favourite bands is Explosions In The Sky, from Texas.  Their music is post-rock: guitar-led (guitar/guitar/bass/drums), wholely instrumental and with an intricate, somewhat 'classical' structure.  There's an obvious comparison to Godspeed You Black Emperor, but omitting that collective's unconventional instrumentation and sampled field recordings.

The album titles ('Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever' & 'The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place', and several of the track titles ('Greet Death', 'Memorial', 'Glittering Blackness', etc.) sound distinctly gothy, but the music doesn't (if that isn't your thing), and they are instrumentals, so such themes obviously aren't reinforced by lyrics.
In theory, one could enjoy the music without even knowing the titles, though it does add to my appreciation that the titles of my favourite tracks, 'Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean' and 'First Breath After Coma' do fit the music somehow.

There's a lot of repetition in a typical track, giving the listener clear familiarity with the rhythm and underlying theme, but the breathtaking part is when the lead guitars suddenly soar free, each independent of, but complementary to, the other.

EITS are very taper-friendly, so if you'd like to hear samples, several full concerts are freely available at the Live Music Archive.

The reason I'm mentioning them now is that I've just discovered that:

  • They're currently touring in Europe, mainly the UK.
  • Their first album, 'How Strange, Innocence', long out-of-print, has been remastered and released this month with new artwork.

A warning to those seeing them live: they have a reputation for being extremely loud. Take earplugs, just in case. Seriously.

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