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"God Is An Astronaut" Artist Review

December 28, 2011 by Mark Muehling // #godisanastronaut #giaa #instrumental #post-rock

God Is An Astronaut (GIAA) is an Irish "instrumental/ post-rock" band for the Glen of the Downs, Co. in Wicklow, Ireland. After forming in 2002, God is an Astronaut took the inspiration for its name from a famous quote in the movie Nightbreed. God is an Astronaut's debut album The End of the Beginning was released in (2002) on the Revive Records label which is independently owned by the band. Two music videos for "The End of the Beginning" and "From Dust to the Beyond" produced by the band received airplay on MTV UK and on other MTV Europenetworks.
All Is Violent, All Is Bright (2005) is the band's second album. The single "Fragile" from the album received plays on MTV2 UK's 120 minute show and MTV's show The Comedown. God Is an Astronaut released an EP called A Moment of Stillness in 2006. Their third album, Far from Refuge, was released in April 2007 on Revive Records and as a download via their website. Their fourth, self-titled album God Is an Astronaut was released November 7, 2008 on Revive Records. On February 12, 2010, a single was released on their website titled In The Distance Fading, the second song from their fifth album, called Age of the Fifth Sun, released on May 17, 2010. Singles by GIAA include:
"The New Years End" (2006)
"All Is Violent, All Is Bright" (2007)
"The End of the Beginning" (2003)
"From Dust to the Beyond" (2003)
"Point Pleasant" (2003)
"Coda" (2004)
"Fragile" (2004)
"Fire Flies and Empty Skies" (2005)
"Beyond the Dying Light" (2006)
"Tempus Horizon" (2006)
"No Return" (2007)
"Shining Through" (2009) (download only)
"In The Distance Fading" (2010) (12 February)

The band's live performances make use of projected, self-edited footage along with lighting arrangements to form what the band calls a "full audio visual show". Each song is accompanied by its own video. In early 2008, the band embarked on their first tour of the United States. On the day they were set to return home, $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their van in New Jersey. Their equipment was not insured and a tour that had reportedly already cost the band $20,000 to organize had suddenly doubled in cost.

If you love instrumental music in any form or just love connecting with music on an emotional level and taking a good look in your soul, I would listen or buy a God Is An Astronaut album. You WILL NOT be dissappointed.

You can listen to God Is An Astronaut on myspace for free at is an Astronaut&t=/en/god_is_an_astronaut&ac=t or you can buy any of their 6 remastered albums at thier official website at

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mark, didn't even realize you posted this article, this awesome dude December 29, 2011
been stuck listening to this band for the past week. had to post a review for em. my favorite song by them right now is "new years end" off the Far From Refuge album December 28, 2011

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