Saturday I went to see Explosions In The Sky play at The Soma in San Diego…Why 2 hours away in San Diego you ask? Well, EITS doesn’t seem to like playing in LA…Anyways I probably would have driven farther than 2 hours to see them play, I was really looking forward to hearing them play their new album. As some of you know their new album was one of my favorite albums of 2007, which you can find HERE.

I have never been to The Soma before and I am always a little uneasy about seeing bands I love in a strange venue…Well this place was kind of grungy but that was part also part of it’s charm as well so I rolled with it…I rolled with it until someone fucked up and called the band out before the sound guys were ready and I rolled with it until we were packed in like sardines…Which was actually a good thing because it made me happy to see so many people loving this amazing band! But it also was a serious hazard and I also didn’t like the vibe of some of the people there…But I tell you what EITS manages to sedate you with their passionate performance, they totally get into a trance like state which is infectious. The music was mind blowing to say the least and I really found it interesting to hear the growth in their music. They started the show off with some of their older stuff and they progressed into their new album and it really demonstrated the growth of the band as a whole, their direction was just so much more focused and I really think they have done something glorious…This album is gorgeous front to back, so I had to share another one of my favs.

P.S. I picked up their 2 x LP, which has some juicy remixes on their so as soon as I get off my lazy ass and hook up my laptop to my turntable of goodness I will share some of that…You know you’re jealous :)

mp3: The Birth And Death Of The Day

All of A sudden I Miss Everyone 2007 (Temporary Residence)

Album available HERE and HERE


5 Responses to “EITS at The Soma”

  1. David on March 18th, 2008 1:33 am

    Actually, they played LA tonight at the Wiltern. Awesome show. Sold out. Picked up the blue/yellow vinyl as well and the uber rare “The Rescue” CD.

  2. Wayne on March 18th, 2008 2:07 pm

    When I saw them in Sydney in February they were inspirational and sublime. One of, if not the, best shows of my life. They have this ability to impart emotional wisdom through sheer will. I have never seen guitars played like they do. Stunning.

  3. aviva on March 18th, 2008 6:42 pm

    Soma is NOT a great venue. As a rule, you want to travel those 2 hours for shows at:
    The Casbah
    The Belly Up Tavern
    maybe 4th and B

  4. Rachel on March 19th, 2008 10:27 pm

    Yeah, I was over exaggerating a bit but I didn’t want to go on a weekday considering I just got off work like 2 hours ago!!!! I work a great deal of over-time. Glad you got to see them!

    Wayne, I totally agree! Inspirational indeed.

    Aviva, I love The Casbah haven’t been to the others you mentioned but I will keep that in mind next time ;-)

  5. Celera on March 23rd, 2008 12:17 am

    When my husband lived in San Diego (well, Oceanside) he used to go to the Belly Up and 4th and B all the time for shows. Never heard him mention the Soma, and he used to go out several times a week (he LOVES live music.) So, yeah, Aviva is probably right. :)

    Glad you had a good time! Glad I didn’t have to go — I’m wayyyy too old for standing room only shows. That is why God invented CD players and sofas! :)

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