God Is an Astronaut
|God Is an Astronaut|
God Is an Astronaut performing live in 2009
|Also known as||GIAA|
|Genres||Post-rock, electronica, ambient, space rock|
|Labels||Revive, Rocket Girl|
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-fueled Krautrock à la Tangerine Dream and elements of space rock. 
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. 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. 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. 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 November 7, 2008 on Revive Records. On February 12, 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 May 17, 2010.
God is an Astronaut’s seventh full-length album, Origins (2013), is their first as a five-piece and cements their place as one of the world’s most intense, musically- and visually-inventive post rock bands. Origins is notable also in GIAA’s return to Rocket Girl records, who licensed the band’s breakthrough album, All is Violent, All is Bright in 2005.  Origins has been described as melodic, powerful, stylish and accomplished.
God is an Astronaut performed at the Eurosonic Festival in 2012 when Ireland was the "Spotlight Country". 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).
First U.S. tour
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.
- Torsten Kinsella – vocals, guitars, keyboards (2002–present)
- Niels Kinsella – bass, guitars, visuals (2002–present)
- Jamie Dean – keyboards, synthesiser (2011–present)
- Gazz Carr – guitar (2012–present)
- Lloyd Hanney – drums (2003–present )
- Pat O'Donnell ( Co-writer ) - Guitar (2006–present)
- Stephen Whelan (drums) – drums (2012–present)
- Michael Fenton – drums (2011)
- The End of the Beginning (2002)
- All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2005)
- A Moment of Stillness (2006)
- Far from Refuge (2007)
- God Is an Astronaut (2008)
- Age of the Fifth Sun (2010)
- Origins (2013)
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