Football movie propels indie band into the mainstream
Explosions In The Sky garnered attention when they scored the film and television versions of Friday Night Lights. The group has a pair of dates at the Opera House this weekend.
Bring your tissues to Explosions In The Sky’s next gig. They’ve been known to move audiences to tears.
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The Austin, Texas, instrumental quartet takes pride in turning on your waterworks, obviously. Their fourth full-length release, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, immerses itself in gloom. No lyrics here, just orchestral arrangements as stunning as they are somber, full of slow-burn chords and epic climaxes that run the gamut of human emotion. Depression unarguably leads the mood on the album, but drummer Chris Hrasky claims their solemn sounds don’t reflect personalities in the band at all.
“I wouldn’t say we’re particularly sad guys,” he says. “I definitely think parts of the album sound very melancholy but hopefully there’s some brightness. I think this newest album is a pretty dark sounding record as opposed to the previous ones that are a bit brighter. I think we tend to gravitate towards the melancholy for some reason, but we’re not horribly depressed people or anything like that. That’s just sort of a sound that appeals to us.”
It’s a sound that has taken them a long way since the other three Explosions members responded to Hrasky’s advertisement some eight years ago, “Wanted: Sad, triumphant rock band.” The group now has mainstream attention, scoring the film and television versions of drama Friday Night Lights, about a high school football team in an economically challenged Texas town. Hrasky says the band is pleased with the exposure, saying the show has helped them transcend indie marginalization.
“There are definitely a lot of people who heard us for the first time by watching that movie or possibly seen the show,” the Rockford, Ill., ex-pat says. “Which is interesting, because I think there’s a lot more people listening to us that wouldn’t have been listening to us before. People who aren’t necessarily inclined to pay attention to underground or independent music, who aren’t just exposed to it, know about us now. It’s definitely something we’re happy about. We don’t want to limit ourselves to a certain demographic or a certain niche of people.”