Reigning as one of the most well-known experimental instrumental groups out there with a respected musical legacy spanning nearly 20 years, Irish four-piece GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT will reach a career benchmark upon the release of their 10th studio album, “Ghost Tapes #10”.
Founded by Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002, every piece of music the band has breathed life into since then has offered an intense sonic soundscape, leading the listener through an ethereal and emotional post-rock dive into infinite atmospheres.
“Ghost Tapes #10” rekindles the band’s classic lineup with Jamie Dean once again on piano and guitar duties, and rather than pick up where the quartet left off in 2018, explores a radically different approach, with the focus fixed on movement and intensity.
While the album is certainly the most ferocious GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT full-length to date, it still retains all of the rich musical and emotive elements the band is known for by maneuvering around luminescence whilst offering harsh, deep reflections as well.
Works of art like ‘Burial’, ‘In Flux’ or ‘Barren Trees’, with additional guitars by Jimmy Scanlan, amongst others, are proof of these sonic illustrations. The album’s closer, atmospheric ‘Luminous Waves’, transports the listener into a trance-like mindset – captivating them with a meditative, deep connection to their inner self and as they drift away to stirring tunes of guest cello virtuoso Jo Quail. The album’s detailed artwork was created by David Rooney, recognized for his work with bands in the past, and plays into the sense of foreboding and uncertain times we live in.
A message from GOD FOR AN ASTRONAUT about their upcoming tour:
“We hope this finds you well.
Unfortunately, we have some more changes to the touring schedule for 2022 and beyond.
Over the last few years, as most of you already know, we have been unable to tour due to the pandemic and the restrictions they have brought. Some of the bands have become dependent on other forms of income outside of music and can longer commit to the busy touring schedules of the past. To this end, we have had to cancel and reschedule 22 shows. Sheffield, Manchester, and Gothenburg have been canceled and refunded; all the other shows will take place over the next 18 months.”
|The new touring schedule reads as follows:|
GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT live:
w/ Oh Hiroshima, Barrens, Kokomo, Nothing, What Aleph Said
10.03.22 UK – Glasgow / Oran Mor
11.03.22 UK – London / O2 Islington Academy
12.03.22 UK – Leeds / Belgrave Music Hall
13.03.22 UK – Bristol / The Fleece
06.04.22 FR – Lille / L’Aeronef +
07.04.22 BE – Gent / Vooruit + =
08.04.22 DE – Berlin / Hole44 +
09.04.22 PL – Poznan / Tama +
10.04.22 PL – Warsaw / Niebo +
23.04.22 NL – Utrecht / De Helling +
24.04.22 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof +
01.05.22 UK – Brighton / Bad Pond Fest
09.05.22 DE – Köln / Gebäude 9 #
10.05.22 FR – Paris / Petit Bain #
11.05.22 FR – Angoulême / La Nef #
12.05.22 ES – Bilbao / Stage Live #
13.05.22 PT – Porto / Casa da Música #
14.05.22 PT – Lisbon / LAV #15.05.22 ES – Madrid / Mon #
17.05.22 ES – Murcia /Garaje #
18.05.22 ES – Barcelona / Apolo 2 #
19.05.22 FR – Lyon / Ninkasi Kao #
20.05.22 CH – Geneva / PTR L’Usine # ~
03.07.22 UK – Newark /Tech Fest
06.07.22 IT – Milano / Circolo Magnolia !
07.07.22 IT – Rome / Rock in Rome !
08.07.22 IT – Aquileia / Concretion Fest
10.07.22 IT – Cagliari / Fabrik
20.08.22 FR – Saint-nolff / Motocultor Fest
02.09.22 DE – Hannover / Musikzentrum +
03.09.22 CZ – Prague / Meet Factory +
04.09.22 AT – Wien / Szene +
06.09.22 CH – Zürich / Plaza +
07.09.22 DE – München / Backstage +
09.09.22 DE – Hamburg / Knust +
10.09.22 DE – Dresden / Beatpol +
# Oh Hiroshima
~ What Aleph Said
17.04.23 LT – Riga / Melna Piektdiena
18.04.23 EE – Tallin / Tapper
19.04.23 FI – Helsinki / Tavastia
21.04.23 SE – Stockholm / Debaser
23.04.23 DK – Copenhagen / Hotel Cecil
21.09.23 IT – Turin / Hiroshima Mon Amour
22.09.23 IT – Foligno Auditorium / San Domenico
23.09.23 SI – Ljubljana / Kino Šiška
24.09.23 HR – Zagreb / Močvara
25.09.23 HU – Budapest / Dürer Kert
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