God Is an Astronaut

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God Is an Astronaut
A band performing live on-stage. From left to right, a bassist, guitarist and drummer perform against a blue backdrop.
God Is an Astronaut performing live in 2009
Background information
Also known as GIAA
Origin Wicklow, Ireland
Genres Post-rock, electronica, ambient, space rock
Years active 2002 (2002)–present
Labels Revive, Rocket Girl
Website superadmusic.com/god
Members Torsten Kinsella
Niels Kinsella
Lloyd Hanney
Jamie Dean
Gazz Carr

God Is an Astronaut is a band from the Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Their music is suggested to combine epic melodies of post-rock, the precision of electronic-fuelled Krautrock à la Tangerine Dream and elements of space rock. [1]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2002 by twin brothers Niels Kinsella and Torsten Kinsella, who took the inspiration for its name from a quote in the movie Nightbreed.[2] God is an Astronaut's debut album The End of the Beginning was released in (2002) on the Revive Records label which is independently owned by the band. The album was intended to be a farewell to the industry.[3] Two music videos for "The End of the Beginning" and "From Dust to the Beyond" produced by the band received airplay on MTV UK and on other MTV Europe networks.

GIAA consider each of their albums to be a sonic ‘photograph or snapshot of who we are in that moment of time’. In mid 2006 a licensing deal with U.K. label Rocket Girl saw both EP, called A Moment of Stillness, and second album "All Is Violent, All Is Bright" being re-released.[4] The single "Fragile" from the album received plays on MTV2 UK's 120 minute show and MTV's show The Comedown.

Their third album, Far from Refuge, was released in April 2007 on Revive Records and as a download via their website. Their fourth, self-titled album God Is an Astronaut was released 7 November 2008 on Revive Records. On 12 February 2010, a single was released on their website titled In The Distance Fading, the second song from their fifth album, called Age of the Fifth Sun, released on 17 May 2010.

God Is an Astronaut’s sixth full-length album, Origins (2013), is their first as a five-piece.

Live performance[edit]

God Is an Astronaut performed at the Eurosonic Festival in 2012 when Ireland was the "Spotlight Country".[5] The band's live performances make use of projected, self-edited footage along with lighting arrangements to form what the band calls a "full audio visual show". Each song is accompanied by its own video. Band members include Niels and Torsten Kinsella, Lloyd Hanney (drums), Jamie Dean (piano/synths) and Gazz Carr (guitar).

Thematic visual accompaniment for the song "Route 666" during the band's US tour

First U.S. tour[edit]

In early 2008, the band embarked on their first tour of the United States. On the day they were set to return home, $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their van in New Jersey. Their equipment was not insured and a tour that had reportedly already cost the band $20,000 to organize had suddenly doubled in cost.[6]

Members[edit]

Current
  • Torsten Kinsella – vocals, guitars, keyboards (2002–present)
  • Niels Kinsella – bass, guitars, visuals (2002–present)
  • Jamie Dean – keyboards, synthesiser, guitar (live only) (2011–present)
  • Lloyd Hanney – drums (2003–present )
Other
  • Pat O'Donnell (co-writer) – guitar (2006–present)
  • Stephen Whelan – drums (live) (2012–present)
Former
  • Michael Fenton – drums (2011)
  • Gazz Carr – guitar (2012–2013)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "God Is an Astronaut". Allmusic. Allmusic. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "God Is An Astronaut". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ HENDICOTT, James. "God Is An Astronaut". Golden Plec. Golden Plec. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Cowen, Nick. "God Is An Astronaut". Drowned in Sound. Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "RTÉ 2fm gearing up for EuroSonic". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "God Is an Astronaut". Cork Independent. IFN Group. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "God is an Astronaut sign to Rocket Girl". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 

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