The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Frail

Friday, October 17, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Take the trumpets and soul from a Mexican mariachi band. Add processed beats, and samples that mercilessly force each and every body to get up and dance. Top it all off with a dash of psychedelic-futuristic synth allure and Mette Lindberg’s sultry vocals. Toss it all aboard a tightly packed spaceship headed on a course towards the coolest party on the moon and there you have the sound of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s third album Bring Us Together.

Nobody would ever make the claim that The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is a band known for standing still. On the contrary. They are constantly on the move toward new corners of the endless landscape of music. Their new album testifies to this fact.

Making of the new album: Wandering into the desert and out the other side.

On Bring Us Together, the desire to explore new musical universes is greater than ever before. The record points towards eternity with its cooler, more futuristic sound. “We wanted to create a heavier and slightly darker atmosphere for this album. The sound is more processed and less “manual” than before, with more weighting on repetitive beats, bass grooves, chopped-up loops and a more laid back vocal style”, explains producer and mastermind Lars Iversen.

The new Asteroids sound gives you whiffs of everything from funk and disco to club and trip-hop, without leaving you in any doubt that you are indeed hearing the hypnotising melodies of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Notions for their new album began to appear while the band toured in connection with the second album, Out of Frequency. While they watched the Arizona desert zip by the windows of their tour bus, or flew over cloudscapes headed to a concert on the far side of the globe, Lars laid the groundwork for the new album. With earphones on his head and a computer on his lap:

“We had this crazy touring schedule, playing over 150 shows in under a year in the US, all over Europe, South America, even some in Asia. We constantly found ourselves in either a tour bus or at the airport or the hotel room. I started getting a bit un-rooted with the whole thing. I found no time to produce new music which was killing me so I asked our sound crew to build me this amazing little travelling recording set up that I could easily get out and start writing and producing on the road. This ‘mobile studio’ quickly became my drug of choice. You could say I went on a journey within a journey, and that was the beginning of the new album really.”

In many ways, the route to album number three has been marked by some degree of turbulence. Mette Lindberg, Lars’ creative partner and singer in The Asteroids Galaxy Tour:

“You fall asleep in one country and wake up in another. You spend the majority of your life with the same people around you in close proximity, there is bound to be tension at times. I had a super busy PR schedule too, sometimes eight hours a day. Combine this with playing sold out shows at night, endless after parties, and travelling in and out of different time zones all the time, and you get this absurd state of constant ecstasy. Mixed with all the fun and excitement a weird sense of isolation sets in”.

After two years of non-stop touring madness, it was time for Lars and Mette to shut the engines down, put the laptop on a shelf and get behind the controls of the console at their own studio, Rummet (The Space) in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen. They needed to find each other again and spend time away from everything.

Rummet would be Mette and Lars’ home for the next year, a period when they experimented with, finished composing and finally recorded the songs. What was a cacophony of beats, sketches and snippets gradually evolved into the finely tuned, completed album.

“Mette and I have such eclectic tastes in music, it’s no wonder people find it hard to pin down our sound, but we love it that way”, Lars says.

“Our sound is like a big Metropolis of Music,” Mette chimes in. “Lars spends ages digging out old obscure records from decades ago that I’ve never heard of. He got me into the 1960s French Yé-Yé scene* recently and also introduced me to some early 90s Primal Scream records (Screamadelica). Likewise I play him a lot of stuff I am excited about and we always end up riding on the same vibe. He is also addicted to eBay and keeps buying old equipment that mostly doesn’t work but when it does it sounds AMAZING and blows me away.”

The result is a sound collage of a pop symphony created from equal parts of chopped-up danceable beats, spaced-out synthesizers and bright neon-green pop hooks. It is the sound of renewed inspiration, never-ending passion and a euphoric desire for more.

“Bring Us Together is the sound of reunification, of becoming a whole person once again, after having been blasted into atoms. It's the album we wanted to make. This is us, stronger, a bit wiser and full of dreams,” says Mette.
The Frail
The Frail
When Kevin & Daniel met on Craigslist searching for like minded musicians they never expected a simple call for collaborations would evolve into debut EP from a stage-shattering, boundary-pushing electro pop act worthy of international acclaim. And all this happened over email exchange, before the band had even met one on one.

Bleeding with synth-pop melodies and vocals that would make Michael Jackson envious, San Francisco-based group, The Frail return only to further blur the line between traditional pop and soulful rnb, creating a genre that idles comfortably between Capital Cities and The Weeknd, a sound that is all their own. The group are gearing up to release their forthcoming album, LoveDeathLegend this coming August 26, 2014.

Comprised of Daniel Lannon (vox, synths), Israel Chavarin (bass), Kevin Durr (synths) and Chris Chan (drums), The Frail released their first EP, Count On This, in 2007, followed by Lasers Over Lovers in 2011, garnering attention Fuse, MTV Buzzworthy, Diffuser, The San Francisco Chronicle, Performer Magazine, and ArtistDirect. The band have become well known for their vivacious live shows, opening for acts like Goldfrapp, The Teenagers, Hot Chip, and Neon Trees.

The band's forthcoming LP, LoveDeathLegend gives the middle finger to conventional pop, with soaring melodies and infectious synths bursting with attitude. Recorded at San Francisco's Different Fur Studios with producer Patrick Brown (Morning Benders, So Many Wizards, Michael Franti) the result is an eclectic collection of tracks, showcasing the thoughtful songwriting and musicianship of the band.

From the first moments on album opener, "Back To Me", a striking duet with Kylee Swenson of Loquat, The Frail invite us into a party that we never want to leave. Journeying from upbeat dance tracks like, "Automatic," to the bass heavy, "I Never Knew You," things eventually take a slower turn on tracks like, "Run Life", which was written after the loss of some of Lannon's close friends. "It's about not knowing the true thoughts someone had before passing, and making a story about those people realizing and "waking up" once they realized that life isn't that bad.", says Lannon.

The album concludes on a high note, with uptempo anthems like "This Is Who We Are", and finally the contemplative "Live Is Done" featuring rapper A-1. LoveDeathLegend is fun, dance-worthy electro pop at its finest.

LoveDeathLegend is due for release later this year, alongside a deluxe version of the record that features remixes by Worthy and Spekrfreks.
Venue Information:
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133