Explosions in the Sky are known for their instrumental works that have a cinematic flair and contain a wide range of emotions. Fans of their signature style were treated to quite the performance on April 9th as the band put on a stellar show at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama. The show was part of "The Wilderness Tour", which is in support of the 2016 album by the same name.
This was my first time seeing Explosions in the Sky perform. My only experience and knowledge of them had come from their soundtrack work, specifically the contributions to the "Friday Night Lights" film. As a result, I came into the venue with fresh ears and eyes.
That served me well because I was rather impressed with how large and layered the sound of the first three songs really was. It can definitely be tricky to do all instrumental songs, but the group really has nailed the sound and made it their own. Their songs are stories without words.
I was also impressed with the visual aspects of their performance. The lack of vocals concerned me initially as I was worried there would be no true focal point, but the band made up for it with lots of movement, emotion, and energy from the entirety of the group. The strobe lighting and other production details just added to the presentation of things.
It really was a great performance by a band that understands the importance of the emotional connection of music and how music can tell quite the story just with the notes and chords.
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