Sound: Explosions in the Sky, one of the most popular Post Rock bands around, hailing from Texas embarked on a small UK tour stopping off in Sheffield. First of all to the uninitiated Explosions music is all instrumental, so nothing to be said for vocals other than a brief speech at the start and the end of the set. For the set the band varied between three guitars and drums and 2 guitars and a bass, with Michael James taking over bass duties when required. The sound of the show was immense and Explosions created a truly epic wall of sound, and all the songs sounded fantastic. // 10
Perfomance: The entire audience seemed impressed with the show, the only disappointment being that it was a little short, and no Encore. However every song was played with huge amounts of energy and left no doubt that the band were giving their all through the night and no one was unhappy with what they saw.
01. Yasmin The Light: great opener, some fantastic drumming and got the audience straight into the set
02. The Birth And Death Of The Day: one of my personal favourites, continued the set in the up tempo songs.
03. With Tired Eyes, With Tired Minds, With Tired Souls, We Slept: a slower building song, with heavier undertones, a slight change from the opening songs, showed some amazing guitar work from Mark Smith and Munaf Rayani.
04. Your Hand In Mine: a slow epic song, it really is fantastically written, possibly the most popular song of the night, a real crowd pleaser.
05. Catastrophe And The Cure: back to more upbeat song at this point in the show with additional snare drum provided by Munaf Rayani, one of the best tracks of the night.
06. Greet Death: a really heavy, chugging opening, got the crowd head banging and rocking out a little, a fantastic song and played so well Live.
07. The Only Moment We Were Alone: the final song of the show, played with all the energy the band had left. It sounded truly amazing, and was a perfect rendition of the song, a great ending to the set. // 10
Overall Impression: The show was at the Leadmill in Sheffield on September 7th 2009, a venue Explosions have played before. A fairly small club creating a great atmosphere. Opening act was North Atlantic Oscillation, I personally only caught the end of their set, but from what I heard they were a good Post Rock band, however the guitar tone didn't seem quite as clean and clear as i'd hope. Tickets cost 14 which was a pretty good deal since it was only a three date tour, and they are only of the largest bands in their genre, i'd happily pay the same again.
When Greet Death was played, the atmosphere in the room, and how the whole crowd really got into the song was an intense moment, just summed up how well they played live. As mentioned before the only downside to the show was finishing slightly earlier than expected and no Encore, but the main set did easily make up this.
I would definately go back at the see them again, the show was amazing and for people new to the genre, it would be a great starting point as the live show would blow you away. // 9