God Is an Astronaut

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God Is an Astronaut
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Background information
Also known asGIAA
OriginCounty Wicklow, Ireland
Years active2002 (2002)–present
LabelsNapalm Records, Revive, Rocket Girl
MembersTorsten Kinsella
Niels Kinsella
Lloyd Hanney
Jamie Dean

God Is an Astronaut is an Irish post-rock band from County Wicklow, formed in 2002 by Niels and Torsten Kinsella. Their style employs elements of electronic music, krautrock, and space rock, reminiscent of Tangerine Dream.[2] The band currently consists of Niels and Torsten Kinsella and Lloyd Hanney. They have released ten studio albums to date.


God Is An Astronaut playing in Barcelona, Spain in 2010.

The band was formed in 2002 by twin brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella, who took the inspiration for its name from a quote in the movie Nightbreed.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] saw both an EP, called A Moment of Stillness, and their second album "All Is Violent, All Is Bright" being re-released.[6] 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. That year the band became a quartet with keyboardist/guitarist Jamie Dean joining the band.

God Is an Astronaut's sixth full-length album, Origins was released in 2013. They then went on tour performing in places such as China, Russia, Brazil and Europe.

In June 2015, the band's seventh full-length album, named Helios | Erebus, was released.

In 2018, the band released Epitaph, their eighth full-length studio album.[7]

In February 2021, the band released Ghost Tapes #10 on Napalm Records.

Live performance[edit]

God Is an Astronaut performed at the Eurosonic Festival in 2012 when Ireland was the "Spotlight Country".[8] The band's live performances often 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.

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.[9] However, they have since returned to the United States selling out shows in both New York and Los Angeles.


  • Torsten Kinsella – vocals, guitars, keyboards (2002–present)
  • Niels Kinsella – bass, guitars, visuals (2002–present)
  • Lloyd Hanney – drums (2003–present)
  • Robert Murphy – keyboards, synthesizer, guitar (touring, 2017–2019)
  • Gazz Carr – keyboards, synthesizer, guitar (2012–13, 2019–2019)
  • Jamie Dean – keyboards, synthesiser, guitar (2010–2017, 2020-present)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Origins by God Is an Astronaut". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "God Is an Astronaut – Biography". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "God Is An Astronaut". Discogs. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ HENDICOTT, James. "God Is An Astronaut". Golden Plec. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  5. ^ "God Is an Astronaut sign to Rocket Girl". Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  6. ^ Cowen, Nick. "God Is An Astronaut". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  7. ^ "God Is An Astronaut mourn tragic loss on 'Epitaph' (watch the title track's video)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ "RTÉ 2fm gearing up for EuroSonic". RTÉ Ten. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  9. ^ "God Is an Astronaut". Cork Independent. IFN Group. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010.

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