Explosions in the Sky: Outtakes from this Week's Interview

In this week's paper, Shae Moseley interviewed Explosions in the Sky drummer Chris Hrasky, in advance of the band's Saturday, March 29, Pageant show. Tickets are just $15, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Below find some interview outtakes.

MP3: Explosions in the Sky, "So Long, Lonesome"

At what point did you realize that you weren’t going to include vocals in your music?
It was kind of just a decision from the beginning for a number of reasons. I think we were really influenced by bands like Mogwai at the time, and the idea that you don’t have to have a singer. We just kind of all decided that we wanted to be in a band where everyone involved was a key ingredient instead of having a guy who was a songwriter with the other three guys backing him up.
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You guys composed the music for the Friday Night Lights movie. Do you think that expanded demographic is related to you doing music for movies and television?
Yeah, the story with Friday Night Lights was something that we were all familiar with -- especially the other three guys since they grew up in Midland/Odessa where the story is set. I think it has been one of many ways that we’ve gained a pretty diverse audience that we’re pretty excited by.

Do you feel like you might be influencing kids the way you were influenced by bands outside of the mainstream like Mogwai and Sebadoh because of your diverse appeal?
Yeah, I don’t know. I hope so. That would be amazing if kids who are listening to the radio or whatever might hear us and that would lead them to find other much crazier bands. That would be great to have that kind of influence.

You guys have always had a reputation for being nice guys. Do you think that helped you get through that time and further your success?
We definitely try to be nice guys and we very much appreciate that people care about and listen to what we’re doing. I guess I hope that it’s something that we never take for granted. I mean, we’re still surprised by the places we end up playing and we started off in a kind of unassuming way with no particular ambitions.

-- Annie Zaleski


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