Last week I went with my sister to see a band I’d wanted to see for quite some time, Explosions in the Sky. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard their third album The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place, which just blew my mind. It really was one of the best things I’ve ever heard. So when tickets became available in November last year I just had to go and see them. I’ve been fortunate to see great performances from artists such as Depeche Mode, Coldplay, U2 and Duran Duran, and this was right up there. Like with Arcade Fire, I just had to write about the experience and share my photos.
Explosions.. have done plenty of London gigs before, but this is the first time they’ve performed in the Royal Albert Hall. I usually see my gigs in Wembley, the O2 or Brixton Academy so it was nice to see somewhere a bit different, especially as the acoustics are so good. On first were We Were Promised Jetpacks, a promising Scottish indie rock band with a great sound. Quite a few seats were empty when they first started performing but they soon grabbed the crowd’s attention. I hope they go onto bigger things.
Though their sound is instrumental and melodic, they really did manage to generate a wonderful atmosphere. They didn’t say much between songs, but the way they moved and played conveyed how they manage to capture the emotion and sensitivity within each song. Though they’re described as post-rock they themselves see themselves as an instrumental rock band who can use riffs and choruses like pop songs.
But what added to the music was the light show. It wasn’t too distracting and fitted the theme, with a nice range of black and white, blue, red and green. When I saw Godpseed You Black Emperor, who have parallels with their musical style, the atmosphere was more low-key and intimate. Here it felt like Explosions… could rock like other bands. Fittingly, they ended with their best known song, Your Hand in Mine, which really did bring the place down.
they sound fantastic. great review.
They were. I’ll probably add some audio from the night on my Instagram account at some point.
Thanks for posting this Alex. I’ll admit, I’ve never heard their music before..but reading this made me want to listen. So I punched them up on my Spotify app. I enjoy classical instrumental music a great deal and it goes a long way in inspiring my writing. I can say that I feel the emotion in their music very strongly! It almost reminds me of an artist called Kitaro that I was introduced to through a college roommate when I was in art school.
Very cool of you to share this with me! Thank you.
I’m glad you enjoyed the concert!
I’m glad you liked them. They really were superb. The support act too. I’m listening to your recommendation now.
Thanks. It was a mixture of shots that my sister and I took.
They are very well done. Good job to both of you
I love Explosions in the Sky, man. Some great atmospheric photos, too. Suits the music just perfectly.
Thanks. They really gauged it just right.
Stellar review and great photos.
Thank you kindly. I don’t normally put shots of myself up, but as so many other ones turned out so nice, those two just seemed right to put up.
You’re welcome. They’re great photos. Your sister is beautiful and you look handsome (even the facial is not entirely hideous) Strategically, places backhanded compliment and an advertisement for Gillette on the page and slowly types her way back to her site.
I like Explosions in the Sky. You looked like you were having a great time.
We really did. It’s a wonderful place to see an instrumental live act.
Surely you’ve had a magical evening, Alex!
Of those reported to you in words and pictures, internationally known bands have created an amazing show! ❤ 🙂
Thanks. I really wanted to give a flavour of the night. Would definitely recommend you give them a listen.
Looks like a great show! I will have to look them up, having never heard of them before. Great photos! 🙂
Thanks. I really wanted to get across the dramatic lights and colour in the photos.
Awesome theatre !!! My gosh that looks so cool! And your sister is gorgeous so are you 🙂
Such a classy venue, you’d love it. Thanks, I took both photos so I’m claiming any royalties 😉 My sis is a big fashionista and reads your blog btw.
she does??? OMG I am blushing!
Look out for her adding you on Instagram.
What’s her Instagram?! I wanna add her 🙂
What a wonderful post this is Alex.
I’m glad you like this Vinnie. It was an awesome night. As they don’t use lyrics they were never going to be in my Line(s) of the Day, but I’ve been wanting to highlight them for a while.
Great to read this. As you often do music posts, I wanted to let you know I did my first album review of Beyonce’s new album and would love to hear your opinion.
Heading over now
This looks like an amazing comcert and so happy you went to this with your sister, Alex. I always like a heads up on new or unique music. I am at the library so don’t want to purchase ear buds but will check this band out! 🙂
I’m picturing that scene in Monsters University haha.
Fun selfies Alex, looks like you & your sis had fun! What a gorgeous venue for a concert, so jealous!
I couldn’t have chosen a better band to see first. Such a stylish building and the acoustics were superb. I hope you get to see them sometime soon.
You’re lucky you live in London! I’ve been dying to see something, anything at Royal Albert Hall. I think The Phantom of The Opera was shown there at one point, boy I’d love to see that! I’m more of a classical music gal and POTO is one of my fave musicals.
I really hope you get to go and see it. Let me know if you’re ever in London.
Looks like you had an amazing time! 🙂
We really did. It was so easy to feel a connection with them. Which artists would you most like to see?
I really want to see Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Busted and some Japanese and Korean artists! 🙂 But seeing Lifehouse live last year was already a dream come through haha
I remember that post. You might have a chance to see Busted now they’ve reformed.
Yeah exactly my thoughts! I hope they’ll do a Europe tour at some point 🙂
Might’ve mentioned this before, but I really enjoyed their Prince Avalanche soundtrack. Suited that film to a T.
Great mention. So much responsibility but when it works, it works. Daft Punk were superb with the Tron remake.