God Is an Astronaut - sometimes abbreviated GIAA - is an Irish post-rock band from Wicklow County. The group's musical universe, influenced in particular by Tangerine Dream, is characterized by an atmospheric style, on the borders of space rock and psychedelic. The group was formed in 2002 by the twin Kinsella brothers then aged 26. They are joined by the drummer Noel Healy which records in the wake of his parts of the first album The End of the Beginning. The album is released on the label of two brothers, Revive Records, and has an immediate media success materialized by the broadcast of several of their clips on music television channels such as MTV Europe or MTV UK.
Their name comes from a replica of Clive Barker's film Cabal (1990). In 2004, Lloyd Hanney takes his place behind the drums at the expense of Healy and the band records his second album "All is Bright", which appears at the beginning 2005, still on their own label. With national reporters turning their attention to the national press, their music crosses the Irish border to export to the UK and further afield in 2006 thanks to the EP A Moment of Stillness (co-produced by Pat O'Donnell , ex-Fountain Head) who stays three weeks in the top 40 Irish.
God Is An Astronaut then begins to turn on the lands of Europe and prepares the release of the third opus Far From Refuge (registration spread from September 2006 to March 2007), in April 2007>. The album is licensed in the United States, Europe, and Japan, opening doors for the group that will play until Moscow during the summer.
In early 2008, they make their first tour in the United States. Although this was a success, they were stolen their equipment after their last date in New York. Despite this, the band releases its fourth album God Is An Astronaut , at the end of 2008. This album has the particularity to propose a heavier sound than 'before. The release of this album is supported by a tour of 130 dates in more than 20 countries. In 2009, their two sold-out European tours helped to raise the profile of "God Is An Astronaut" as a major group in the scene. post-rock.