Astral

Astral

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"If The Cure had some balls they'd probably sound like Astral. Just as I Love You Interpol But I've Chosen Killers combine the dour theatricality of The Cure with the funereal beat of Joy Division"- excerpt from an Astral CD review in 30music.com

Biography

Astral is a San Francisco based 3-piece indie band with a sound best described as post-punk with a shoegaze bend, occasionally referred to as dream pop. Formed in late 2000, the band started performing live in 2001 and has performed consistently since, with west coast regional touring from Seattle down to San Diego and as far east as Las Vegas and Reno. Astral has made numerous college radio appearances on KFJC, KSCU, KCRH, KZSU, and KXLU (in Los Angeles).

Astral has an extensive history of performances supporting headliners such as:

David J (of Bauhaus/ Love and Rockets)

Tiger beat (featuring Colm O’Chiosoig of My Bloody Valentine)

Mr. North (produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)

Lisa Dewey (recorded with Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins)

Audra (Bret and Bart Helm of Black Tape For A Blue Girl)

The Sagittarians (featuring Neil of And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead)

Inner (Jennifer Turner, formerly of Natalie Merchant’s band)

Discography

Only Sometimes EP, released in 2002. Out of print

Turn Me Around 7” single, released in 2002

Second Stitch EP, released in 2003. Out of print

Orchids (10 songs) was the band’s debut album, released in 2003, charted CMJ 200 in 2004 and topped at #119 nationwide. Out of print

Transmitter EP, released in 2007

Sleepwalker (10 songs), the second full length album, was released in 2007 and charted CMJ 200 in 2008, topping at #162 nationwide.

Set List

Typically, Astral performs eight songs in a set. all originals, typical set length is 30 mins.