YEAR FORMED: 1999
HOME TOWN: Austin, Texas, USA
Munaf Rayani – guitar Mark Smith – guitar Michael James – bass and guitar Chris Hrasky – drums
Explosions in the Sky is a post-rock, instrumental band originating in Texas. They primarily play with three guitars (on occasion one of them being a bass) and a set of drums. The band typically creates instrumental songs, which tend to develop over the span of many minutes.
Originally called Breaker Morant, Explosions in the Sky was formed in Austin, Texas in 1999. Hrasky is from Rockford, Illinois, and the rest of the band hails from Midland, Texas. They quickly gained a reputation for themselves among other established local bands such as Lift to Experience. Temporary Residence Limited signed the band on the strength of their demo after only half a listen; the demo was submitted by fellow Austin band The American Analog Set with a brief note saying, "This totally fucking destroys."