Gig review: God Is An Astronaut at The Cockpit, Leeds

God is an Astronaut. Picture: Derval Freeman
God is an Astronaut. Picture: Derval Freeman
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Post rock in general doesn’t receive as much popularity as genres such as pop music. You may not be familiar with God Is An Astronaut, even though they’ve been around for over 10 years. However this Irish post rock band have been here consistently putting out albums, and after usually playing Brudenell Social Club, they’ve decided to give the Cockpit 2 a try for this tour.

God Is An Astronaut are a band that have a solid stage presence, while still managing to come across as a little introverted at the same time. From the first song it was clear that they were intimately involved in every note that they were playing, and it was refreshing to hear vocals layered like another instrument in a shoegazy fashion.

The song highlights included ‘All Is Violent, All Is Bright’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘Fragile’. While ‘All Is Violent, All Is Bright’ got the loudest cheer, ‘Fragile’ was the one that really stood at as the one that’s most likely to elevate your mind into the mesosphere.

Sadly the majority of the set didn’t stay on the same level. There were many issues with overly repetitive formulas, which a use of a variety of timbres was used as a distraction in some cases.

However we were shown a brand new track, that doesn’t even have a name yet and “will probably be released next year”. This track pulled together the general God Is An Astronaut sound, while adding some strings (on a backing track). It was a nice addition to the set.

They ended with three songs that was supposed to make up “the most energetic part of the set”, and although they weren’t able to get the crowd to fully share that energy, it was a good way to end the night.

Gig date: March 12

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