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Explosions in the Sky: The Stories Behind Each Song on New Album Take Care

Unlike with a lot of bands who play ten-minute guitar songs, if you start seeing things when listening to Explosions in the Sky, it isn't necessarily because of drugs.

"We find images for reference points," guitarist Munaf Rayani tells Crossfade. "Sometimes melody isn't even introduced until an entire story is told to one another."

Explosions in the Sky plays Grand Central on June 20. After the cut, Rayani shares the stories behind each song on the band's new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

"Last Known Surroundings"

"This is the idea of landing on a new planet, but the place being familiar enough that think you've been there before. Who or what you're looking for has disappeared off the map but was last seen here."

"Human Qualities"

"The way we produced some of those sounds, it seemed less like instruments being played. The sounds were more intimate and tangible and very human. Some of the beats are acutally us playing the beat on our chests. The idea for 'Human Qualities' was that it should sound like being human."

 

"Trembling Hands"

"This was the punk rock jam on the album. Just out of the gates and it's going, that type of excitement about whatever you might feel excitement about. I can't believe it! This is about everything that has happened and is happening in our lives and career. How lucky are we that we get to make music for a living? That type of excitement."

"Be Comfortable, Creature"

"It has this feeling that we're on this new planet from 'Last Known Surroundings.' It's directed to whatever creatures live there and, further, us. Humans are those creatures. Let's sit comfortably and not get worked up about whatever works you up. Let's not sweat small stuff. And it's all small stuff."

 

"Postcard from 1952"

"There was a nostalgia factor we had. The drum beat that Chris comes in with sounded very much like Enchantment Under the Sea dance-type music. It seemed like the band playing at the high school Sadie Hawkins dance. That's the idea, sort of a throwback to a different world. You know, 1952 and 2012 are worlds apart."

"Let Me Back In"

"This one was kind of inspired by this really haunting ghostly sound. We really messed with this one sound and it messed with us. It was the sound of this ghost or spirit that has vanished. Not necessarily a bad spirit, but it has been been thrown out and it's trying to get back in. Let this feeling back in! The song was written around that thought of wanting to be invited back in."

Explosions in the Sky with Zammuto. Wednesday, June 20. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $25 plus fees. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.

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