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Old 01-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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Explosions In The Sky live in concert -- should I go?

I don't know much about these guys, but does anyone know if they're any good live? I know a bunch of B&C people rave about the albums, but that doesn't necessarily mean they translate well to a live setting.

If EITS are "shoegaze"-ish, that can sometimes be kind of boring live (I'm thinking of when I saw Autolux - cool songs, but kind of boring live).

I'm also thinking of M83's "Before The Dawn Heals Us"; I LOVE the album, but I'm not sure it would be a great concert to see live.

Anyway, if anyone has any opinion of Explosions In The Sky live, please let me know. They're playing near me in March, and tickets are on sale now.

Thank you!

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for me is one of the best live acts 'round there, they're so passionate and such, but I think only a post-rock lover would enjoy it really hard, if you're not so much into the genre, I would think it twice
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They're not shoegaze at all actually, they're post-rock. (I'm beginning to realize lots of people seem to not know the difference between these two genres, which is odd to me).

From what I hear, they're astoundingly good live. From what I've seen on Youtube or on TV, I'd agree with that. I'll be seeing them here in March.

Here's a vid of them playing a short set live in a tiny CD store. This is extremely low key for them, but you can still tell how awesome they'd be live.
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They're not shoegaze at all actually, they're post-rock. (I'm beginning to realize lots of people seem to not know the difference between these two genres, which is odd to me).
Ok, so apparently I don't know the difference between "shoegaze" and "post-rock". Since you two, Jack and u2popmofo, are in the know could you please explain the difference to me.

I know some shoegaze: My Bloody Valentine, Catherine Wheel, Slowdive, Autolux and M83.

But I guess I don't know any post-rock.
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Some of the more well known post-rock bands: EITS, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Sigur Ros.
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If you like awesome things, then go.

Have you ever seen the show or movie Friday Night Lights? They do the score.

American anthemic post-rock at its finest.
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Post-rock is defined usually as using rock instruments to create non-rock sound. Essentially, in the case of EITS, they're creating more of a symphony than a rock sound, but with rock instruments.

I'm a big fan and I think you should go.
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the main differences between conventional rock and post-rock are the kind of symphony structure of the songs, sometimes of the albums, and post-rock bands don't use guitars to create riffs, they use it for textures and landscapes, also, sometimes, post-rock bands use to play also instruments like cello or violin, but this is not a rule, EitS, for explample has a traditional rock band line-up (guitars, bass, drums)

but yeah, some shoegaze bands are post-rock pioneers
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Big Grin

I saw them a few years ago at a small coffee shop. Enjoyed them!
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Yes! I wish they were coming to my town on their spring tour. They're supposed to be amazing live, and their songs are so gorgeous. I'd definitely go.
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YES. YES. I'll live in envy.
Great band, apparently totally awesome live.
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Yes. That's the only answer.

Living in their home town afforded me the opportunity to see them twice last year. Both times were transcendent.
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All right, I think I'm going to try to go.

I should be getting their entire discography from a friend soon. I heard a few of their songs from their MySpace page and was a bit relieved. I was kind of concerned about the mention of "metal" influence in the Wiki article I read on post-rock. I'm not into metal or even metal-tinged music.

But from what I heard, they're closer to "Sigur Ros" (whom I love) than to Pelican or other metal-slanted bands.

So, yeah. For $17 I think I'll go.

Thanks everyone!

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I saw them a few years ago at a small coffee shop. Enjoyed them!
About the only place I plan to listen to them: in the background

I was interested in these guys, and after checking out a couple of videos on Youtube, I think I will stick with Brian Eno. At he could mix up a record with a great pop song or two, between the 8-minute ambient songs.
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Here at Interference I seem to read a lot of opinions on music based on shoddy comparisons to dissimilar artists/songs/albums and very little experience actually listening. It's sad.
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