Explosions in the Sky Fête Themselves

 

Big 10th anniversary
gigs outlined for this summer.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

To celebrate their 10-year anniversary this summer, Explosions In The
Sky will be playing four shows with dates in Los Angeles,
New York, and Chicago
as well as a rare hometown performance in Austin.
Speical guests scheduled to play the anniversary shows are: No Age (Los Angeles), Jason Lytle of Grandaddy (New
York), The Octopus Project (Austin), Eluvium (Los
Angeles), Constantines (New York), and The
Wooden Birds (Austin). Following these dates, EITS will be occupy the special
guest slot themselves, playing Broken Social Scene annual Toronto Island
festival on 7/11, before heading to Europe in September.

 

In February 1999, three longtime friends from West Texas went to a pizza
place in Austin, Texas,
for a prearranged meeting with a young man from Illinois. The Illinoisan had just moved to Austin, and he had put up
a flyer that caught the interest of the others. They ate pizza and discussed
movies and arcana. They also decided to meet the next day with their various
instruments (two guitars, bass, and drums). This happened, and over the coming
months they picked a band name, then picked a better band name, then wrote and
recorded an album. That album, called How Strange, Innocence, was
largely out of tune, but the band members didn’t really notice at the time.
They optimistically printed 300 copies, and gave most of them away.  It
turned out they really liked playing together, so they kept doing so.

 

EITS drummer Chris Hrasky says of one of their first live performances: “In
the summer of 1999, Michael (James, bass player) and I were working for the Gallup poll, manning the
phones.  They announced an employee talent show. We signed up.  We
shared the stage with a Michael Jackson impersonator, an interpretive dancer
and, I think, a magician.  I remember that my drumset sort of fell apart
about halfway through our show.  After it was over, someone came up to us
and said ‘that was the best heavy metal I’ve ever heard.'”

 

A friend of theirs (in the American Analog Set) sent a recording of one
of their live shows to a record label in Baltimore (Temporary Residence, Ltd.),
and that label offered to put out albums for the band. The band agreed. A year
later they put out a second album (2001’s Those Who Tell the Truth Shall
Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
). They began to tour
often, all over the world. In 2003 another album came (The Earth Is Not a
Cold Dead Place
), and in 2007 they put out their most recent, All of a
Sudden I Miss Everyone
. They are shocked to see their 10-year anniversary
on the horizon.

 

TOUR DATES AND
SPECIAL GUESTS:

 

6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium with No Age and
Eluvium

 

6/30 New York, NY
@ Central Park Summer Stage with Constantine

 

7/2 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre with Jason Lytle (of
Grandaddy)

 

7/4 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek with The Octopus
Project and The Wooden Birds

 

7/11 Toronto, ON @ Toronto Olympic Island with Broken Social Scene,
Apostle of Hustle and Beach House, and more

 

9/9 Antwerp, Belgium @ Ampitheatre Riviernhof

 

9/11 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

 

 

 

 

For ticket information, visit these EITS links:

 

Official site: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com 

 

MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/explosionsinthesky

 

 

 

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