One half of electro duo F*** Buttons, Benjamin John Power’s ‘job on the side’ is Blanck Mass. A reasonable sized crowd, ‘early doors’ in a freezing Academy, saw Mr Power deliver an ambient delight of layered sounds that were at times delicate and, at others, thunderously loud. The light show enhanced the set as the only other onstage activity was Benjamin crouched behind his lap top and effect pedals, swigging on his beer.
Having only seen Explosions In The Sky at festivals before, I was looking forward to experiencing the indoor power of the band. As they took the stage at 9.30pm the venue, now pretty much full, at last held some heat. The band said they were amazed that their music can fill this particular venue, and thanked everyone for coming. They graciously thanked Blanck Mass and Lanterns On The Lake. Done with the niceties, they reminded the audience, “We are Explosions In The Sky from,
Being up close you can feel the gentle moments and see the intricacies of the music (I even spotted a tambourine a couple of times) as well as feeling the barrage of sound that they unleash. Expanded to a five piece for the live show, we got a good selection from the entire band’s career and a very satisfying set. Ninety minutes is just not enough though, so perhaps next tour we could do without the support (even though they were both excellent tonight) and have a three hour set…if our ears can handle it.
Postcard From 1952 (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
Catastrophe and the Cure (All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone)
The Only Moment We Were Alone (The Earth is not a Cold Dead place )
Be Comfortable, Creature (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
Greet Death (Those Who tell the Truth)
Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean (The Earth is not a cold dead place )
Let Me Back In (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
The Birth and Death of the Day (Reclaiming the Blade Soundtrack)
The Moon Is Down (Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
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