EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY have just announced news of a 6-date UK/Ireland tour in April 2016, including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The band have unveiled a teaser video for the tour which can be viewed below:
Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday morning, 19th November. Dates/info:
Tuesday 19th April – GLASGOW – Barrowland tickets
Wednesday 20th April – DUBLIN – Vicar Street tickets
Friday 22nd April – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall tickets
Saturday 23rd April – BRISTOL – Colston Hall tickets
Sunday 24th April – BRIGHTON – Dome Concert Hall tickets
Monday 25th April – LONDON – Royal Albert Hall tickets
Explosions In The Sky’s last London show was at a sold-out Brixton Academy in early 2012, and the Roundhouse the year before that. The band’s incendiary and emotional live performances are the stuff of legend and fans will doubtless be thrilled to see the band’s much-celebrated mini-symphonies within the setting of the Royal Albert Hall.
Critical acclaim for the music of Explosions In The Sky:
“Beautifully realised mini-symphonies… Awe-inspiring” Q – 4 Stars ****
“Spellbinding instrumental cacophonies… Explosions in the Sky are too grand for this cosmos” NME – 8/10
“Explosions In The Sky are a phenomenon… cathartic, evocative, meditative… a band who have become a major prospect making challenging music.” The Times – 4 Stars ****
“Their vast, quasi-classical-post-rock symphonies possess a dramatic, crystalline beauty…” Uncut – 4 Stars ****
“Takes prisoner of your head and your heart… The world is theirs for the taking” The Guardian – 4 stars ****
“In terms of pure beauty and resonance, these Explosions are breathtaking” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“The fuel for these surging hymnals is a romantic urge to find beauty… They speak post-rock’s language of volume and stealth with furious potency” The Independent – 4 stars ****
“Glorious meteor showers of noise… Some of the most vital and rewarding music you’ll hear.” The Sun – 5 stars *****
“Beautiful and awe-inspiring.” The Telegraph
Explosions In The Sky photo by Nick Simonite below:
There’s nothing spooky about this Friday the 13th! Everyone at the label would like to wish Lanterns on the Lake’s new album ‘Beings’ a very happy release day – we love this band.
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE – BEINGS
Work on Beings began in February 2014, hard on the heels of successful tours of Europe and North America. It proved to be a productive period. “The ideas came effortlessly and in abundance,” vocalist Hazel Wilde says of the writing process. “At first we had no expectations, no prescribed ideas of how we wanted the songs to turn out. We were just writing and playing together because that’s what we’d always done.”
This was made possible by their setup, working in splendid isolation; writing, rehearsing and recording in their Newcastle rehearsal room meant the results were undiluted by outside influence. Imaginatively produced and mixed by guitarist Paul Gregory, it’s also his experience that helped yield such compelling results. This allows Beings to move seamlessly from airy, chiming beauty to dense, forbidding soundscapes – sometimes in the same song – while still feeling like the product of a cohesive unit, retaining the band’s spark. “We wanted it to be more raw,” Wilde says of the record. “At its darkest points, we wanted it to feel like you’d dived into the deepest part our dreams and were taking a look around. At its lightest we wanted it to feel like you were coming up for air.”
Opening song ‘Of Dust and Matter’ strikes just such a balance. The band’s most sinister moment yet, it prowls out of a burble of radio static and feedback, propelled by ominous piano chords as its menacing pulse builds to a tumbling climax of almost discordant, warped guitar parts and the fractured drumming of Ol Ketteringham. “In my greatness I vowed to destroy all I am,” Wilde sings. “It brings out the best in me.”
It’s an interesting early lyric, and it soon becomes apparent that this is a braver, more headstrong Lanterns on the Lake, a band now less about floating on water than racing across land, eager and with points to prove. Often their melancholy necessarily turns to action. “Fractured lives like faultlines, unto the breach my friends if you will” is Wilde’s call to arms on ‘Faultlines’, a critique of austerity, as the band turn in a cavalry charge with her voice as the clarion call.
Wilde’s lyrics also shudder with evocative and often surprisingly dark imagery in songs that attempt to understand the world around her, built from charged moments of universal insight. “There is a sense of the need to connect to something; the need to find meaning,” she says of the material. “There’s such frustrating injustice in the world, yet this feels like a time of disconnection where we’re encouraged to celebrate the shallow side of culture. This record carries that sense of yearning for something greater.”
This gives Beings immediacy, depth and resonance as it touches on community, love, culture, politics and self-examination, and our own place and limitations within each. “I want to walk with the brave, give me a good day, I want to feel human” Wilde sings on the graceful ‘I’ll Stall Them’, exploring the importance of connection, kinship and reconciliation.
Beings is the engrossing product of a band operating in total harmony to the point where their music creates its own idiosyncratic world whilst also distilling outside concerns into it. The horizons open to Lanterns on the Lake are now as broad as the sweep of these beautiful songs.
Beings is out now.