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Texas band is happy for "Friday Night Lights" Emmy success

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Even though they’re associated more with the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” than with the subsequent TV series, the members of the Austin, Texas, instrumental group Explosions in the Sky were happy to see the latter win a pair of Emmy Awards last month.

“Oh, absolutely. They’ve done such a good job with that show,” says EITS guitarist-bassist Michael James, whose group wrote and recorded most of the film’s soundtrack and also contributed music to the TV counterpart.

“When we first heard about it, we thought it could’ve been kind of a bland, generic football TV show. But they did such a great job, and we were so pleased with how it turned out. And people just love it.

“So to see it getting some accolades and things like that, I think it’s totally deserved, for sure.”

EITS has been winning its own dose of praise for a career that started 11 years ago and has been defined as “post-rock” — a term the quartet itself dismisses. Its sixth album, “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care” debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart in April, and James, 34, says EITS took a slightly different creative route this time, with the band members writing separately and trading ideas rather than waiting to get into one room and jamming.

The approach was refreshing, he says, but it also had its drawbacks.

“We had a ton of ideas and snippets of songs,” James explains, “and for about a year and a half we would just work on those but were unable to finish anything. We didn’t finish a song for just ages and ages. It took us forever, and we got so frustrated that at one point we took a break and got away from it for six or eight weeks.

“Then when we came back together, all of a sudden everything just clicked. All the things we had been working on started to make sense to us and all the songs fell into place after about six months. I can’t tell you how relieved we were.”

Explosions In The Sky and Wye Oak perform Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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