Blastronauts

Blastronauts

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Blastronauts was born when James Allison and Jacob Halpern, both who played in bands together and separately for years, decided to experiment as an indie psychedelic pop duo. Combining modern indie music with classical rock and jam band influences, Blastronauts emerged and is quickly on the rise.

Biography

Space, stars, planets, NASA, rockets├»┬┐┬Żblastronauts? Blastronauts is the brain child of duo James Allison and Jacob Halpern and is quickly gathering pace on its musical quest. After being in the popular rock group Jingo and playing in many other bands together and separately, in the US and abroad, James Allison and Jacob Halpern decided to reunite to form Blastronauts, later adding drummer Matt Whitslar to the mix. With an indie psychedelic sound that has garnered comparisons to the Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Annuals and Royal Crescent Mob, interest in the group has taken off as the trio has embarked on numerous treks across the Northeast and Midwest. The trio released their debut EP, "Interstellar Groove Machine" in March 2008 as part of their own two night festival called "The Outer Sounds." Because of the success of the festival, The Outer Sounds has since become a weekly showcase of some of the best acts in indie, psychedelic, folk, and experimental rock in Columbus, OH and draws acts from all over the Midwest and the national scene, which Blastronauts continue to curate. The group also released a single at the end of 2008, "I am a Ferriswheel." The single received airplay on Columbus' biggest Radio station, CD101, as well as underground radio Columbus, WCRS Public Radio, WERS radio in boston, and Breakthru Internet Radio in New York. The last year has seen the group accomplish many feats including three festival appearances at the Mid American Music Festival in Omaha, the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati (which they have been invited back for in 2009), and the Dayton Music Festival, a live flophouse session for the "band in boston" podcast, a live session on WERS radio in Boston, and live appearances with Gentlemen Auction House, Dressy Bessy (Elephant 6), Fastball, The Rosewood Thieves, Miniature Tigers, and Fink. The future holds many promising opportunities for Blastronauts with the continuing success of the Outer Sounds and a four part EP series based on famous astronomers, starting with the EP "Galileo," to be released in August, 2009.

Lyrics

Pick up and go!

Written By: Blastronauts

This burning fire is out of control,
I'm trying to sail the seas and find the gold,
A tragic condensation blurs my view,
As a silent heavy odor rescues you.

Fight the robots!
And see the numbers.
Fight computers!
And lower your head!

And I can't do this all alone,
You gotta pick up, pick up, pick up, pick up, pick up and go!
The thunder's rolling down the road,
So just beat up, shut up, freak out, get up, pick up and go!

L.E.D

Written By: Blastronauts

The stars are bright and shining now we see,
All the planets our there are mysteries,
And No!
I don't live with uncertainty,
As I try and imagine if they were me.

The sun comes up and shows its ugly head,
As its rays go through to see what it can shed,
The clouds come through and try to block its view,
Oh just try! and imagine if they were you.

Like I dooooooo!

It's Party Time!

Written By: Blastronauts

Try to pretend,
The sightings never end,
In our town.
Kick him over,
See his four leaf clover,
Perfectly intact.

See his body move in the wind,
And watch as we twist and turn within,
Oh look at our people intertwine,
As we are involved in party time.

Find an event,
To get a drink and sit,
In this town.
Oh wave the flag,
With the wind in hand,
Rushing up his sleeve.

See his body move in the wind,
And watch as we twist and turn within,
Oh look at our people intertwine,
As we are involved in party time.

Its party time!

Ten Black Horses

Written By: Blastronauts

Battle Stations,
To check that we're okay,
Approximation,
Says we've been hit for days,
Forgotten nation,
Tries to dry its eyes,
As all it's pension,
Is thrown into the fire.

But when the stars can map the way,
You'll never be lost,
Just wandering through your brain,
The sky will be red,
And will try and dry your eyes,
As I ride away,
On ten black horses to proclaim.

A dark intention,
Is thrown all over you,
An inspiration,
That seems to follow true,
A new connections,
That always falls apart,
Find your blossom,
And cherish all its power.

But when the stars can map the way,
You'll never be lost,
Just wandering through your brain,
The sky will be red,
And will try and burn your eyes,
As I ride away,
On ten black horses to proclaim.

In a Fire

Written By: Blastronauts

The government ban has never been lifted
the entire embassy's at fault
the government sits on a sympathy can
while the entire embassy's at fauly
whats that sound cause you've never been lifted
it might be time for a revolt
the government sits on a canopy band
while the entire embassy's at fault

and all the high up people, yeah they didn't know,
about the good old people who were all left out in the cold,
they tried to stay away, thinking every day,
about their lives all just going on and being the same

Because, the government ban has never been lifed
the entire embassy's at fault,
the government sits on a sympathy ban,
while the entire embassy's at fault
whats that sound cause you've never been lifted, it might be time for a revolt,
the government sits on a tragedy band,
and the entire embassy's at fault

and all the high up people, yeah they didn't know,
about the good old people who were all left out in the cold,
they tried to stay away, thinking every day,
about their lives all just going on and being the same

Lights are singing baby that we're in a fire,
the last stop off a street car named desire.

Shoot me Dear

Written By: Blastronauts

Shoot me through the honest sky,
so the veolicty won't die,
i'll make my way up through the stars,
and then i'll fall back through your arms,

Oh, say it one time,
please please please,
oh won't you please just shoot me dear,

And Now I've gone straight through your arms,
and I'm going through your heart,
its funny how that as I speed,
I'll take your life straight out of greed,

Oh, say it one time,
please please please,
oh won't you please just shoot me dear.

Discography

Interstellar Groove Machine (2008)
1. Shoot Me Dear
2. Ten Black Horses
3. In a Fire
4. Space Love
5. The Croc
*Bonus Track* L.E.D acoustic

I am a Ferriswheel (single) 2008
1. I am a Ferriswheel
2. The Sun's in your Eyes acoustic
3. I am a Ferriswheel acoustic demo

Galileo August, 2009
1. Psychedelic Portabello
2. I am a Ferriswheel
3. Even the Score
4. It's Party Time
5. L.E.D

Set List

Live repertoire:
El Libro, El Nacho
L.E.D.
See you Smile
Its party time!
Shoot me, dear
Ten Black Horses
Psychedelic Portabello
In a Fire
Ghost
I am a Ferriswheel
Holden Said
Even the Score
The Lost Ideals
The Sun's in your Eyes

Space Love
Krazy Kasio
The awesomeness of epicness
Contraceptives Found
University of fuck