Explosions In The Sky: Live at Ryman Auditorium

Explosions In The Sky performed on Easter Sunday, April 16th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The band is currently touring the globe in support of their latest album The Wilderness, which came out in 2016.

Thor & Friends opened the show and put on an interesting performance consisting of vibraphones, synthesizers, and strings. It was a sound I have not ever seen in a live performance. The songs were all very unique and relaxed, setting the stage perfectly for the epic & immersive performance of Explosions In The Sky.

Explosions In The Sky played songs from their latest album such as “Wilderness”, “The Ecstatics”, “Disintegration Anxiety” & “Colors In Space”. They also performed songs from their critically acclaimed 2003 album The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place such as “Your Hand In Mine” & “First Breath After Coma” before ending the set with fan-favorite “The Only Moment We Were Alone”.


The stage setup for Explosions In The Sky was minimal, with only the band’s instruments and amplifiers on stage, and a light show that was perfectly in rhythm with every song. There were instances where the lights slowly transitioned from pointing at the band to pointing at the crowd, filling the entire room with colorful light. The combination of the light show on top of the fog machines made only the silhouettes of the band visible at certain moments. It was one of the best light shows I have ever seen in a live performance. The band was playing full force at the end climax of “The Only Moment We Were Alone” before abruptly ending the set, cutting the audio and leaving the Ryman in pitch-black silence.

The audience immediately rose from their seats for a standing ovation. There was no encore, as the set was the performance in its entirety. There was no need for an encore. From start to finish, the entire audience was immersed in the performance. It was beautiful.

Tour dates & tickets can be found here.

– Chris