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God Is An Astronaut

God Is an Astronaut made a strong claim to being the best Irish indie export of the 2000s, thanks to their mix of epic melodies of post-rock, the precision of electronic-fuelled Krautrock à la Tangerine Dream and elements of space rock. The band's status was further boosted by their active anti-war stance and their fierce live performances, which place a lot of emphasis on the visuals: the shows, especially in the band's earlier days, included self-compiled videos for each song and a lot of lighting work. Brothers Torsten and Niels Kinsella (guitar/keyboards and bass/guitars respectively), the group's driving force, come from Glen of the Downs in Wicklow, and played in a number of local bands before teaming up with the drummer Lloyd Hanney, the disciple of the famous jazzman Johnny Wadham, to form God Is an Astronaut, which debuted with the electro-tinged album The End of the Beginning (2002), out on their own label Revive Records. The two singles off the CD, The End of the Beginning and From Dust to the Beyond (both 2003), got airplay on several European MTV channels, same as Fragile (2004), which promoted their second album All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2005). Avoiding the sophomore slump -- the record gathered a lot of rave reviews -- God Is an Astronaut settled on a steady record schedule, releasing the EP A Moment of Stillness in 2006 and the third album, Far from Refuge, in 2007 (it was also available as a download). Far from Refuge was promoted by a sold-out European tour that reached as far as Moscow and Istanbul, where they played a festival crowd of 25,000. The debut U.S. tour in early 2008, however, was more of a bummer, as the band had all of their equipment stolen in New Jersey. Returning to their home turf, God Is An Astronaut hit the studio again, releasing their fourth album God Is an Astronaut in 2008. Another full-length is scheduled for the second part of 2009. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi
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Follows all followers. :D
Why does this remind me of beauty school by deftones?
theaswoods
Love this song! It's kind of takes you on an emotional yet spiritual roller coaster ride that you don't want to end.
this is such a beautiful song...
manulabor01
wow..nice tunes...
This is my favorite band at the moment. Origins is a great album.
Really digging this group and loving Pandora for turning me on to so much stuff I would never find on the radio...
x1_4roy
New album is great, I wish Pandora would stay current.
ladedaxo
definitely reminds me of explosions. i'd like to see them live, i'm sure they put on a good show
Its a wonderful mix of instruments
Started jamming out a little to hard to All Is Violet, All Is Bright. God Is An Astronaut is so amazing!
God Is An Astronaut!
tiffany.fiel d i n g
Fireflies and Empty Skies.....A deafening distance.... . . t w o great songs
reminds me of some tribe!!! im diggin this dankness
Peace of mind.
Interesting sound... similar chord progressions as depeche mode....
F**k Jersey. Even Detroit wouldnt do you like that.
i agree with Davey D
Somewhere down below, someone said this is the musical equivilent of bathing in sunlight or having sex. I agree.
God is an astronaut... c h e c k the Bible
hmmm. this band is pretty good.
byrnesthree
great music!!!!!!! ! ! !
Awesome - wish they'd come to NC !!
heilig_brian
10 days till the SF show and I am Sooooo ready for this
God Is An Astronaut - Fragile the best song and the others are all excellent
fukn tony soprano's crew i betcha?
Whoever stole their stuff....YOU SUCK!
Just don't go to Jersey. But a US tour would be cool. I'd go.
gwleon6
Cooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l music. God was an astronaut, but now he's GOD. He no longer needs the ship to get around.
GIAA has two more albums, Far from Refuge and Age of the Fifth Sun. Plus, The End of the Beginning was released in 2002, not 2007. Fix please, Pandora, yes?
Hey Dupont - good music eh?
Great stuff. I love the flow of the music.
Let me comment on the comments below - the devil being a coal miner does not follow from god being an astronaut. A coal miner is brave, the devil is certainly NOT brave. God could be a Jewish astronaut... . . . . . r i g h t ? Pandora makes fantastic choices, I discovered some great music listening. I enjoy the band God is an Astronaut - come back to the USA, please.
ifs gods an astronaut then the devils a coal miner
they need a better album selection from GiOA.
Hmmm, great choice, Pandora!
pugwithchees e
That is beyond a doubt the awesomest band name I've ever heard.
Opening riff On one of the songs caught my attention. The rest is history becoming legend.
I saw them a few years ago @ Bonnaroo and are impressive to say the least!!!
cereal_killa h
perfect example of ambient chill
naes82
The perfect mix of melody and power. Haunting stuff.
I love this type of music. It's got a very hypnotic feel to it. It just draws me in.
do these guys hav vocals in ther songs or r they instrumental ?
rebecca649
awesome music !
x1_4roy
I got into this band via a barista at my favorite coffee shop. He plays these guys almost every night he works. This is the musical equivalent of bathing in sunlight or having sex. Awesome.
These guys are amazing, I've been listening to them for about 2 years and can't get enough, they sell their albums on their website, you can download them straight from the source...htt p : / / w w w . s u p e r a d m u s i c . c o m / g o d / can't wait til they make it back to the US, i wanted to see them so bad last year but couldn't justify driving 3hrs and paying for a festival with not a single other band worth seeing, I hope they come thru with someone like Russian Circles or maybe when Mogwai returns...tr u l y awesome
I'm now a fan. Very unique feel. I'll be hunting down this CD. Hope we upload a little more from them. According to wikipedia, this album is dated incorrectly. and they have a ton more stuff.
Again, great music!
I want more! : )
http://www.m y s p a c e . c o m / g o d i s a n a s t r o n a u t

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