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Old 08-21-2011, 10:01 AM
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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.

Remaining Light
Fragile
Age of the Fifth Sun
Echoes
Remembrance Day
Shadows
Worlds In Collision
Zodiac
Snowfall
Suicide By Star
Forever Lost
Route 666
All Is Violent, All Is Bright
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Fire Flies And Empty Skies

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Old 08-21-2011, 11:32 AM
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Sounds like I missed out :/
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So fucking pissed the Seattle date was 21+

The set they're playing on this tour is great. Ending with Fire Flies must be soooo awesome.
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So fucking pissed the Seattle date was 21+

The set they're playing on this tour is great. Ending with Fire Flies must be soooo awesome.
They drop some improv towards the end of Fire Flies too, which makes it much more appropriate to end on, because I think the song's a little bit too bouncy and happy to end the show. However, they end it with such a moody tone that it fits as a very nice closer.
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@ Rob, I didn't know you were a post-rock fan.

@ Wine, glad you enjoyed the show so much. This is one of the tours this year that I'm most pissed off that I had to miss. These guys rarely play this side of the pond, and their tours are generally somewhat short, but it looks like I'll have to settle for seeing them next time (hopefully). I haven't seen them yet, but I'm sure it'll happen one day.
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@ Rob, I didn't know you were a post-rock fan.

@ Wine, glad you enjoyed the show so much. This is one of the tours this year that I'm most pissed off that I had to miss. These guys rarely play this side of the pond, and their tours are generally somewhat short, but it looks like I'll have to settle for seeing them next time (hopefully). I haven't seen them yet, but I'm sure it'll happen one day.
Rob n I are Mogwai bros.

It seems like GIAA are on the track towards being able to do maybe one small US tour each album cycle, which is great. They did one right around the release of their last album too.
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Good review my dad saw them in Denver last week and he was amazed by the show make me want to check them out; any suggestions on where I could start in terms of songs, albums?
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Good review my dad saw them in Denver last week and he was amazed by the show make me want to check them out; any suggestions on where I could start in terms of songs, albums?
Well, it really depends on the sound you're looking for. Their most diverse and accomplished is probably All is Violent, All is Bright. It's really spacey at first but it becomes very structured, dynamic and beautiful. My favorite is The End of the Beginning, which features a lot more of a Wax Tailor esque aesthetic to it, even though I'm certain that's not their intention. All of their albums are excellent, with those two being the ones that stand out to me most. Here are a few standout tracks from their discography.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZltd_nz2ag
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-xMLkDY-Tk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGjE5lVN5E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df76hEIrh1k
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