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Explosions in the Sky at Lollapalooza

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Posted by admin On August - 3 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Chicago, IL. If I ever get a job making a soundtrack to a movie, I’ll use Explosions in the Sky for the final climactic scene. After an obnoxious combination of a disappointing MGMT and missing Slash, we headed to Explosions in the Sky and decided to stay there. Being exposed to a phenomenal band live, with no expectations, is what festivals are all about. And for an electric guitar enthusiast like myself, it was like finding out there’s a new flavor of twix.
Explosions in the Sky introduced themselves by thanking the people who supported them to get them here and said they’d make sure the rest of us knew we’d know them after an hour. They never spoke again until the end as their guitarist collapsed in a sweaty heap.

Explosions in the Sky isn’t just a perfect band name. It’s the perfect band name for this band.* Their textured three-guitar leads are fast, but sound slow as they build to their “cathartic mini-symphonies.” There’s occasionally bass, but for the most part a vocal less three orchestrated guitars a possessed drummer. A drummer who beat a mallet like the one at left so hard the soft part shredded, but his eyes were closed and he didn’t notice.

They never stopped playing the whole hour. Except for one eight second stretch, they just transitioned through each song in a constantly captivating cataclysm of rock. That eight seconds seemed just to serve proof that the drummer was alive. He’d had his eyes closed for the whole set and opened them with vigor looking around like “where’ s the music?!?”

Get Some!

*Robbie said this three times and insisted I write it.

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