JOHNNIE Walker’s annual festival, The Journey, is known for bringing down world-class music acts like Bonobo, Snarky Puppy and Alan Parson’s project to the Indian audience. Curated by United Spirits, a Bengaluru-based liqour company, the event gets better this year with artists like Explosions In The Sky, Giorgio Moroder, Tycho and a solo physical theatre performance called Leo.
Keeping it simple
One of the pioneers of post-rock, Texas-based Explosions In The Sky has kept their music simple yet diverse throughout their 15 years of existence. The band has released six successful studio albums till date and is now gearing up to make their India debut next week at Mehboob Studio, Mumbai. “While growing up, I used to often go over to Munaf’s (guitarist Munaf Rayani) house in Midland, Texas. His stepfather used to play a lot of Indian music and I always enjoyed the tone, melody and instrumentation of the tracks. So, I am really looking forward to find out more about the country when we visit next week,” says Mark Smith, the guitarist of Explosions In The Sky, adding that they will play well-known tracks like Your Hand In Mine, The Birth and Death of the Day and The Only Moment We Were Alone.
Consisting of Smith and Rayani on guitars, Michael James on bass and Chris Hrasky on drums, Explosions In The Sky is also known for their cinematic soundtracks. Smith states that the music score for Friday Night Lights, a teen TV drama, is the one closest to him. “No matter what we do, we always take it slow and try to make the music sound as delightful to the ear as possible,” says Smith. He also promises that the band will come up with a new record in the first half of 2016. “We are heading back to Texas after the show in Mumbai, after which we will start working on releasing the album. Details about the song titles and artwork will be coming out in the next few months,” he concludes.
— Arka Sengupta