God is an Astronaut -- San Francisco, CA -- August 20th, 2011
I remember the day in late May when I found out about this tour and freaked a little bit, because I was scared that it would come here right after I left to go to college. God is an Astronaut have absolutely rocked my world ever since I got into them about two years ago and having to miss them to go further my education would have killed me. I was in luck though, because I found out it would be my last show in the Bay Area, at the legendary Bottom of the Hill, a venue I had yet to attend in my four years of going to shows in San Francisco.
I got there around 8:30, the advertised doors open time and I got in line. I checked online and the band had said the show was a sell out, and I was excited for them. They deserve each and every dollar of support they get. I got into the club and realized that the place was basically just a bar with no real resemblance of a place where shows could happen at all. The opening act, Bryan Von Reuter took a long time getting his stuff together in the beginning, making me extremely antsy and a little aggravated. GIAA played their full set though, so it all worked out in the end.
It took about 15 minutes for God is an Astronaut to hit the stage, and they had the standard live post-rock visuals. They entered to Remaining Light, and then jumped into the opening track off of one of the best post-rock albums of all time, All is Violent, All is Bright. I was immediately enamored by their on stage charisma, with Jamie Dean, the new keyboardist, having a particularly excellent stage presence. During some of the heavier material, like Age of the Fifth Sun and Route 666, the band rocked out HARD. Their on stage act was similar to a really heavy prog rock band, with all four band members headbanging and dancing a lot. Also, the crowd was totally something else. It was so excellent to see a crowd full of maybe 200 or 250 people dancing and moving to one of my favorite bands ever. Everyone was having their fun. By the time they had jumped into Remembrance Day, I was already beginning to feel like this was one of the best performances I had ever seen. Watching Jamie, Torsten and Niels all rock out and have such a connection with eachother on stage was truly a sight to behold.
God is an Astronaut put on a performance unlike any other I've seen, and it will easily go down as a top 5 all time show for me. They managed to combine the live aesthetic of post-rock, with the live intensity of a metal band and some of the most interesting and dynamic music out there. This is a live act that truly defines must see.
Age of the Fifth Sun
Worlds In Collision
Suicide By Star
All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Fire Flies And Empty Skies
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