On Thursday, January 25, the Wiltern was blessed with the presence of a band that rarely graces the city of Los Angeles with their music, Explosions in The Sky.
A true irony, because the band’s strictly instrumental music has landed them in multiple Hollywood blockbuster film scores. You can hear their musica universalis on everything from the film Friday Night Lights to Lone Survivor. Since their song “Your Hand in Mine” was used as the memorable theme in Friday Night Lights, the band has had a consistent presence in movies, television, and even commercials.
They have shared the stage with artists ranging from Death Cab for Cutie to Vince Staples. Their louvre spans over the course of more than two decades with multiple tours between releases. The show on Thursday was night two, and so when you realize that a theatre packed to a maximum 2,300-person capacity was only half of the total attendance between the two nights you begin to realize how much of an impact this band has had on the arts.
The music is a wall of sound, a cacophony of melodic chaos at times with influences analogous to punk rock, shoegaze, and symphony. A truly spectacular event, the band was playing in support of their most recent release, End. With such a stunning and dynamic performance, most fans hope an end for them is nowhere in sight. The band itself is a staunch reminder that true artistry is not dead and, as their aptly titled third album declares, Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place.
Review by Guest Contributor, Frank Elliott SXHX News