Before they settle in, though, there's the matter of blazing across the country in their notoriously unreliable van, playing a set of shows with both Temporary Residence labelmates Fridge and Austin über-rockers ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. Their upcoming dates with Trail of Dead mark Explosions' second tour in the past six months with their fellow Austinites, an experience that seems to have instilled the quartet with a confidence one can only get from night after night of sold-out venues and intense rock pyrotechnics.
Though there is a heavy rock edge to Explosions--witness the power crunch and electric fury of Those Who Tell the Truth opener "Greet Death"--on this night they'll be accompanied by the cut-and-paste organic bliss of U.K.'s Fridge. Fridge is a trio of multi-instrumentalists who, on their latest Temporary Residence effort, Happiness, are more than happy to tell you about it, with song titles like "Melodica and Trombone," "Drum Machines and Glockenspiels" and "Tone Guitar and Drum Noise." Their music is loose, free and always pleasant, with obvious nods to Steve Reich and, on the cuts featuring the melodica, Tortoise-cum-Ennio Morricone. Fridge doesn't quite have the drama quotient of Explosions in the Sky, but it probably wouldn't be a stretch to use that overused word again when describing its atmosphere: cinematic.