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.
Photo from Flickr by Smur89.