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Explosions in the Sky delivers quality show

Explosions in the Sky delivers quality show



Austin-based post-rock geniuses Explosions in the Sky have returned roughly four years after their latest release to debut the fifth full-length album, “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.”

“Take Care” was released in April 2011 and has slowly gained notoriety for its simplistically spacey guitar riffs and heart pounding drums. The basics of EITS have always been four guitars and one hell of a drum kit.

After touring across the pond all spring, the band will spend the fall and winter on a U.S. tour, gracing cities from Boise to Albuquerque and many in-between.

EITS kicked off their tour on Sept. 1 to a packed house at Tucson’s Rialto Theatre.

The sounds of a gathering storm met the marquee lights accompanying guitarist Munaf Rayani in opening. “All pilots at the ready, we are Explosions in the Sky, we come from Texas.”

Explosions supplied the crowd’s growing energy with the first notes of “The Only Moment we We’re Alone,” instantly igniting shouts from across the theater, calling for liftoff.

Consistency and effort never lacks, just as you expect from the quartet. From capturing the emotion of “Friday Night Lights” in 2004 to their one-night performance in Tucson, EITS appreciates the music and meaning of a quality show, and delivers.

They mostly performed classic songs such as “The Birth and Death of the Day” and “Your Hand in Mine.” Although they touched base on “Take Care,” the focus of the show was keeping true to their foundation albums.

The performance convinced me to finally purchase the new album. Upon rushing home and listening, I can confirm: drummer Chris Hransky’s infectious fills inject the song “Trembling Hands” with drama, supplying the ballad with quite an eclectic pulse.

What excited me most is that EITS never strays from what we all expect whenever we hear their music.

The boys from Midland, Texas are staying in tune with their fans while developing a new and exciting wave of music, never forgetting where they came from.

Guitarist Munaf Rayani falls to his knees during their set Sept. 1 at Rialto Theater. Photo by Kyle Wasson