ASTRAL KITCHEN

ASTRAL KITCHEN

 California, USA
BandRockAvant-garde

Described as "Thinking Man's Rock"....IE: Dave Mathews Band, Yes, and Jeff Beck.... add original sound, and some classic vibes!..You might sound close.....

Biography

Biography
Norbert Mazari, Chris Blackard, and Mark Yeske formed the ASTRAL KITCHEN in 1990. They started as a power trio, with straight-ahead rock and roll rhythms, and clever heady lyrics. When recording the first CD, ASTRAL KITCHEN (AK Records) simply wanted to get their music out so they could play. Everyone sang on that CD, in fact Mark's quirky voice, and Chris's classic sounding vocals is what made that album interesting To this day, ASTRAL KITCHEN is still selling thousands of downloads of the first CD. This was truly the beginning of a classic band.

In 2003, with the release of Dirty Things, the band took on a savvy sound that explored some of the pop culture sounds of the day. Drawing from influences like Pink Floyd, Bowie, Beck, and other "retro" sounding bands, ASTRAL KITCHEN proved again, that they were ahead of the curve. The Dirty Things project was intended to recruit new and fresh blood to the music. The CD was recorded with just Mazari, and Blackard doing all the parts. Soon a live band was assembled with crack musicians that really brought the music to life. The Dirty things tour ended in September of 2005 after 135 road shows on the West Coast.

2006 brought the release of Diabolic Design. (AK records) with critical acclaim from both Rolling Stone, and Billboard online. Built on Raw fire power, and big production, ASTRAL KITCHEN continued to tour on Diabolic Design for three years. 206 shows later, in September of 2009 AK set out for the recording studio to create yet another chapter in the ASTRAL KITCHEN saga. "Elements" with the single "STAR" has been receiving great reviews, and Radio airplay.
The band is now geared up for the 2016 season, and are in the process of booking. For more information contact us at cblackard@msn.com or 707-478-8047

Lyrics

Do or Die

Written By: Blackard/Kennan

Black Sky
Red Dawn
The dreamer still
and yawning
Wings in the night
But no one hears thier flight
Time tells of dark diminsions
That feed on societies wretches

And you know it must be right
A bitter struggle of
Dark and Light
And you know it's all a constent fight
You must not look away
Just do or die

Black Sky
Red Dawn
The children young
but learning
Hear things at night
But no one knows thier right
Time tells of dark diminsion
That leads to our devistation

And you know it must be right
A bitter struggle of
Dark and Light
And you know it's all a constent fight
You must not look away
Just do or die

Vigil Prayer

Written By: Kennan/Mazari

Vigil Prayer

Candles fill the dark
No more bitterness
Fear and hate depart
A vigil to let them rest

A church of separation
Tithing with desperation
Knowing without really knowing
The ignorance keeps on growing

But I see a lifting cloud and a light to guide them home
One conclusion for our great illusion

Candles fill the dark
No more troubled times
Fear and hate depart
A vigil for troubled lives

A state of desperation
Living on desperation
Trying to avoid their hell
Trying to forgive ourselves

But I see a lifting cloud and a light to guide them home
One conclusion for our great illusion
Lead break-
One conclusion for this great illusion

Candles fill the dark
No more bitterness
Fear and hate depart
A vigil to let them rest
A vigil to let them rest
A vigil to let them rest
Let them rest
Let them rest
(a child’s voice says “I love you)

Wintertime

Written By: Mazari

WINTERTIME

(Mazari)

When I feel you're stealing truth away

Then It's time to cut this masquerade

And show our faces in the light

I know when a feeling's right

I'm alone in wintertime

I know you've got your life to live

And I have got my life to give

We have to own the things we've tried

When the end is near in sight

I'm alone in wintertime

(Instrumental break)

Well I guess you've got your master plan

You can try to force my idle hand

Will I follow you once more?

Even you don't know what for

I'm alone in wintertime

Diabolic Design

Written By: Blackard/Mazari

Diabolic Design

Shortend lives
from the dead and fallen
troubled times
in the nighr we're calling
And the moon is shining bright
I'ts a Diabolic design

You keep the faith
and death will be your master
life is slow
but it's getting faster
And the moon is shining bright
Its a diabolic design
but don't you think we're doing fine
in our Diabolic design...OH NO!

You stay in time
when the clock is ticking
you get on board
although this ship is sinking
And the moon is shining bright
Its a diabolic design
but don't you think we're doing fine
in our Diabolic design...OH NO!

And the moon is shining bright
Its a diabolic design
but don't you think we're doing fine
in our Diabolic design...

Chill Out!

Written By: Blackard

Oh yea!
Can you hear me out there?
I mean can you feel me?
OK…just try and shake to this now

I was thrown out of my home in California
My life has been just living on this sand
Torn between two places –I sit and watch the faces –The young girls on the beach so tan…
Looking so fine

So let me tell you my story-

Imprisoned here in paradise- I cannot help but roll the dice and think of what she’s doing
Sitting on my favorite sofa- sipping wine- talking about me- to her girlfriends –
Watching Dr. Phil
Ahh man!-let me hear some Guitar

LD BREAK

Chill Out (cont)

Outro vamp-

Oh yea- just sitting out on this beach-
Hanging out watching the sun set again-
Got my Shades-
Got my six pack-
My best friends-
Oh hey what’s that- what’s that …
what’s that going on?…Oh mama!
Oh baby -Looking good
Maybe I’ll stay here on the sand-
Like forever!-
Maybe I am not going nowhere
I’m gonna just chill out
Down here on the beach
Chill out
Chill out
Oh that sounds good!
‘Cause it’s getting really hot out here!
Chill out!

STAR

Written By: Blackard

Silver light - upon her hair now
She stands alone in the moons long beams
A dream it seems- to me
The Ocean- calls her by name
She hears it saying-… She hears..
Come with me- be with us
Your spirit flies
To a long lost place
We are calling you-

Chorus

Star- Gypsy Magik
Element of water
Spirit of the sea
Star- Ancient karma
Stories of wonder
Sensual and free

STAR (cont)

She’s dancing in the fires shadows
Conjuring a Astral dream
For all who witness they will follow
A Shaman’s call is beckoning
A sliver beam
Cast down upon us

A silver cord to a astral plane
As we slip- we look upon us
Below our shells- and souls remain

Ohh……Ohh…….

Free- From our bodies-our spirits are guiding us now-
In a Astral Kitchen- The universe is opening- opening for you…and you…..and you….
Instrumental

Chorus

Star- Gypsy Magik
Element of water
Spirit of the sea
Star- Ancient karma
Stories of wonder
Sensual and free

Silver light - upon her hair now
Stands alone in the moons long beams
A dream it seems to me
The Ocean- calls her by name
She hears it saying-
Come with me- be with us
Her spirit flies
To a long lost place
We are calling you-

Free- From our bodies-our spirits are guiding us now-
In a Astral Kitchen- The universe is opening- opening for you…and you…..and you….
(and me not heard)

Chorus

Star- Gypsy Magik
Element of water
Spirit of the sea
Star- Ancient karma
Stories of wonder
Sensual and free

Self Righteous Woman

Written By: Blackard

Been 30 odd years since
I have been in your grace
Now you show up - and you get in my face

It took 15 long years - to tear down that wall
Self-righteous woman - don’t know you at all

Chorus
And you tell me that I hurt you- too- long
And you say I was unfair – unjust and wrong

15 years -you lived on that mountain
You look me up- to drink from my fountain
And so I‘ve been told- I’m not to your taste
Self-righteous woman you spit in my face
LD break
Chorus
And I wonder why it still hurts- me- now
Unfaithful- lies- and memories - just won’t fade.
Self righteous woman don’t know you at all
Self righteous woman don’t know you at all

Self-righteous woman you look down at me
Your self-righteous heart just set my soul free

Pedestal

Written By: Blackard

Loved - the wind in her hair-
The crash of waves - on the shore
No more herself - or anyone else
No voice - No face – No more

Chorus
In darkness - on the shelf again
A pedestal- of Love - he says
Gone away – there is no more chances-
Only circumstances –
Of Love –

Oh – I ask her –
She says she loves it here – right here
Where she belongs -
On a pedestal – in the darkness – of Love
He smiles, she cries - but smiles - too
Right where he wants you -
Right here for him -

On a shelf – a lovely display-
Until the day – she dies-
She cries - she loves – she - sings her song-
But then she's put - where she belongs-

Chorus
In darkness - on the shelf again
A pedestal- of Love - he says
Gone away – there is no more chances-
Only circumstances –
Of Love –

(Instrumental part)

She loved the wind - in her hair-
The crash of waves - on the shore
No more herself - or anyone else
No voice - No face – No more
Kept in her place –

Oh – but I ask her –
She’ll say she loves it here - right here -
Where she belongs -
On a pedestal – in the darkness – of Love
No More

In darkness - on the shelf again
A pedestal- of Love - he says
Gone away – there is no more chances-
Only circumstances –
Of Love –

(outro)
In darkness - on the shelf again
A pedestal- of Love - he says
Gone away – there is no more chances-
Only circumstances –
Of Love –

I get Lost

Written By: Blackard/Mazari

I get lost
Mazari
Outside the rain is falling
It’s never clear
Just what you want from me now
What you want to hear

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind

I’m so empty lonely
In your mind
I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind
I could have held my hand up
Right before the fall
But confusion it’s still growing
I can’t stop it all

I’m still waiting for a sign
I’m so empty lonely
In your mind

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind
Solo

I’m still waiting for a sign
I I’m so empty lonely
In your mind

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind

I get lost
Mazari
Outside the rain is falling
It’s never clear
Just what you want from me now
What you want to hear

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind

I’m so empty lonely
In your mind
I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind
I could have held my hand up
Right before the fall
But confusion it’s still growing
I can’t stop it all

I’m still waiting for a sign
I’m so empty lonely
In your mind

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind
Solo

I’m still waiting for a sign
I I’m so empty lonely
In your mind

I get lost in your garden
I get lost in your mind

Discography

ASTRAL KITCHEN-1991

Dirty Things-2003

Diabolic Design-2006

Elements-2011

Set List

The ASTRAL KITCHEN is an original band. We have a large catalog of original tunes that can be heard on our Four releases. We also have a large selection of tribute cover material. This makes it easy for us to fit in most venues that support the “Rock” genre. But if the show calls for tribute covers, we got it covered!
Typical “Club “ set list

Set one:
1. Dirty Things – AK original
2. Somebody tell the truth (Band of heathens)
3. Second Chance (Shinedown)
4. Found out about you (Gin Blossoms)
5. Girl made sandwiches-AK original
6. Chill Out! –AK Original
7. Capitalism-AK original
8. The one I love (REM)
9. Omega-AK original

Set two

1.Sense of doubt-AK original
2. Where are your kids (AK original)
3. Stepping Stone ( Sex Pistols)
4. STAR (AK original)
5. Breakthrough-AK original
6. Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues)
7. Self Righteous Woman (AK original)
8. Hanging out on Earth-AK original
10. Motor City (BSJ)

Set Three

1. Diabolic Design-AK ori