Undeniably intelligent & versatile indie-pop/alternative hybrid.


Blasting on to the New York music scene in early 2003, astronaut, with its wistful melodies, strong vocals, and complementary rhythms, is making its mark locally and nationally with a growing fan base and critical acclaim for its songs. Since astronaut sold out Pianos at their debut show in March 2003, they continue to pack houses, performing at such NYC landmarks as the Knitting Factory, CBGB, Mercury Lounge, Galapagos, Crash Mansion, and Bowery Ballroom.

The astronaut crew includes Brooke Hoffine (vocals), Uri Djemal (guitar), Shane Koss (keyboard/bass), and Hari Ganglberger (drums). These spacemen (and spacewoman) grew up all over the world, from Austria to Alabama, and their equally wide-ranging musical backgrounds and interests have enabled them to create a sound that is of the New York scene, but wholly shaped by a wealth of influences. As the Kings Of A&R put it, astronaut is an "undeniably intelligent & versatile Brit-pop/post-punk/alternative hybrid likened to Radiohead, Coldplay, U2, Elliot Smith, Interpol, etc." astronaut, in its first incarnation, released a six-track EP titled Evolve in November of 2003 which was well-received by critics and fans alike. Evolve's sales on CD Baby and via other outlets have been steadily increasing ever since. Tracks are now available on online music services such as iTunes, and Musicmatch as well. Several of their songs have also been placed on newtork and cabe T.V.

Maxim Online's Tony McMenamin says of Evolve: "...the album’s opener, typifies the band’s anthemic and melody-driven sound. Careening from frenetic crescendos to desolate lows."

For information on radioplay see discography below.


astronaut discography: Evolve

Includes six tracks and one bonus track available online.

astronaut‘s music can also be found on Urban Noise - Traffic Vol. 1, a compilation CD featuring six other NYC-based bands, which enjoyed CMJ chart success earlier this year.

XM Radio Unsigned features astronaut regularly. The band has been listed in the top 10 in the Futures section of XM's R>A>D>A>R Report. Their songs have also made the R>A>D>A>R Report's top 20 Most Played list.

Among other radio successes, Q104.3 FM in NYC spun songs on the Sunday evening show "Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke," as well as featured astronaut on their website's "Local Spotlight" section.

On June 27, 2004, astronaut was featured on the Campus Buzz show on WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall's radio station, from 8-9pm for an interview with Scott Puglisi, Evolve EP and concert ticket giveaways, and live performance by the band.

The band is currently hard at work at their currently untitled three song EP.

Set List

1) Verona
2) Mulholland
3) Letting Go
4) 1, 2, 3
5) Timed Out
6) My Arcade
7) Homogenous
8) Della, From Rome to Vienna
9) Leper Repel
10) Madam, I'm Adam
11) Levitate
12) Marquee
13) Horehound
14) Average
15) Cellophane
16) Dim To You

Our sets are between 40-45 minutes.

We have no cover songs in our repertoire currently.