Time stood still in downtown Portland for a few hours Friday as critically-acclaimed post-rock band Explosions in the Sky took to the stage for a sold-out performance.
“This is the first show we’re playing in three and a half years,” guitarist Munaf Rayani said over the echoes of a roaring crowd at Pioneer Courthouse Square. “Thank you so much!”
The members of Explosions in the Sky — Chris Hrasky, Michael James, Mark Smith along with Rayani — played one of their most popular records, “The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place,” in its entirety, as part of the PDX Live concert series.
The album, which will celebrate 20 years since its release on Nov. 4, includes crowd favorites like “Your Hand In Mine” and “The Only Moment We Were Alone.”
The band also played tracks from albums “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone” and “Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever.”
Explosions in the Sky is also gearing up for the release of its upcoming record, “End.” While the album will not be released until Sept. 15, the group previewed a track as a surprise to the audience.