by / February 10th, 2009 /

God Is An Astronaut, The Academy, Dublin

It’s hard to believe it’s seven years since God Is An Astronaut first graced a stage with their spellbinding post-rock. It’s even harder to believe just how little exposure they’ve been granted by the Irish music press in that time. But far from being deterred by this, the Wicklow three-piece have established a global following thanks to a relentless touring schedule and a constant stream of albums. The fruit of their labour is apparent in The Academy tonight, as a full house eagerly awaits their arrival on-stage.

The eerie opening tones of -The End Of the Beginning’ heralds the group’s entrance and the crowd are quickly immersed in a seductive multimedia experience. -Radau’, -Suicide By Star’, -Fragile’ and -Point Pleasant’ are performed with a stunning flawlessness while mesmeric scenes of nuclear tests, natural disasters and other poignant images are projected onto the backdrop. Whipping Boy’s Colm Hassett joins the band for a brace of songs and his tribal percussion lends yet another intriguing element to the experience. Much to the delight of the fans, his appearance culminates in a performance of -Zodiac’, taken from the band’s new self-titled LP.

Obviously taken-aback by the size of the crowd and the enthusiasm they are showing, frontman Torsten Kinsella thanks them for their support as the group launch into -Fireflies And Empty Skies’ before departing the stage. The audience’s hunger still isn’t sated, however, and God Is An Astronaut return to conclude their Dublin show with a sublime version of -From Dust To the Beyond’.

Tonight’s performance solidifies God Is An Astronaut’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most enthralling live acts and one which displays a rare, formidable consistency in their work. And as they prepare for a lengthy trek across Europe, where they’ll no doubt sell-out venues along the way, they can take satisfaction from the fact that, just like always, this latest achievement has been accomplished under their own steam.

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