The John Bills 100: 40

Posted on April 16, 2011

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40: Explosions in the Sky – ‘The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place’.

There was a time where all I would listen to was this instrumental post rock stuff. A time where if you were in a band with long drawn out quiet sequences that eventually exploded into thunderstorm type distortion, the chances are I was a fan of you. Listening back to a lot of those bands and records now, I don’t get the same sort of interest in the majority. Explosions in the Sky however, still sound exciting to this day, and I guess that it proof enough that they do this post rock thing pretty well. You know what you are going to get from them, and it isn’t pushing any envelopes, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t superbly clever and pretty darn beautiful. ‘The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place’ is something of a fitting title as well, as most of the guitar work on this record conjurs up images of vast snow covered landscapes at sunrise. Or maybe thats just me. But the intricate plinking heard on ‘Your Hand in Mine’ and ‘First Breath After Coma’ just make me think of the poles, and that awesome video/rubbish 30 Seconds to Mars song. This is post rock as you know it, done properly. One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen as well. And when it kicks in, you know about it.

Download: ‘The Only Moment We Were Alone’, ‘Your Hand in Mine’.

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