If you believe their guitarist, Lachy, Astrid & The Asteroids are new comers to the local music scene.
“We crash-landed from space last year. Ever since we have been writing tunes and studying the environment and the human race.”
For those that know better, the components of the band have knowledge of the Brisbane scene far outweighing their years and have been performing in various bands for longer than they care to remember.
“We’ve been in big bands together and other funk bands, all sorts really. A few of us still play in other bands as well as this one. I guess you could call it a super group,” Astrid giggles.
The band are currently recording their first full length album and hope that their efforts will be available to all by early next year.
“We’re recording the album to follow up the EP. We’re really going for the pop soul vibe with that one, with a bit of space thrown in for good measure. At the moment we’re hoping that the album will sound like Kimbra and Jamiroquai got together with Thom Yorke from Radiohead and had musical babies,” Astrid continues
“We’re in the studio on Monday, we hope to have it done over the Christmas New Year break … we won the Billy Thorpe scholarship, which is a $10,000 grant from the Queensland Music Awards. That was incredible to get us kickstarted, it just wouldn’t be happening without that, we're really grateful.”
The band's onstage outfits tend towards the intergalactic; they’re awash with sequined jumpsuits and starscape leggings. Though not directly responsible for the attire, Lachy proudly defends it.
“Who doesn’t like wearing lycra pants? I’m a big fan of the lycra pants.”
Astrid & the Asteroids will be taking to the stage at the upcoming 2high Festival, showing off a few new songs as well as tracks from their ‘Horoscopes’ EP.
“It’s all about collaboration with other artforms. There is dance and film and all sorts of interesting art outside of music. It’s a huge collaboration festival.”
Young Men Dead play Valley Fiesta (Brunswick St Road Closure) on Saturday October 27.