10.04.2013

MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?

































"eeviac"
Year:  1999
Country:  US
City:  Auburn
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Avantgarde Punk         Surf




















Man or Astroman were four college kids from Auburn, Alabama, USA who played some of the most pristinely crafted surf instrumentals since the 60s. Formed by CoCo The Electronic Monkey Wizard on alternate universe bass, Birdstuff on traps, Star Crunch on guitar, and Dr. Deleto And His Invisible Vaportron on bass, the group released their first full-length album, Is it...Man or Astro-Man?, in 1993. The band found time to put out a new 45 record practically every other week in addition to full-length releases like 1994's Destroy All Astromen!, 1996's Experiment Zero and 1997's Live Transmissions from Uranus. The themes of the tunes usually run the gamut from spies to sci-fi. Dexter X later replaced Dr. Delecto, and Starcrunch left the band as well. The collection, Beyond the Black Hole, was issued in summer 2001 and featured three brand new tracks. They use to mix surf rock, punk, avantgarde, space rock, psychedelia and some electronic effects and sounds.
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"defcon 5 4 3 2 1"
Year:  2013
Country:  US
City:  Auburn
Label:   Chunklet Magazine
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Space Rock





















Over a decade after they graced the world with A Spectrum of Infinite Scale, space-age surf rockers Man or Astro-Man? make their return to Earth with their ninth album, "Defcon 5 4 3 2 1". Though their sound still retains a lot of the shadowy surf touches that longtime fans will be familiar with, the album finds the band going in more rockin' direction. A more rock-focused album than their earlier retro-futuristic explorations, Defcon has a heftier sound to it, making it a bit of a shock to the system on the initial listen. In the absence of the non-stop energy, however, is something darker and more ominous. Like the title implies, the album always feels as though it's counting down, building in tension with each of the "Defcon" tracks before finally culminating in the explosive surf rock of "Defcon 1," a track that feels like classic Man or Astro-Man?. Although "Defcon 5 4 3 2 1" feels like a more terrestrial album than any of their previous outings, it feels like a logical piece of their evolution. Where their other albums felt powered by the wonder of scientific idealism, Defcon mines the feeling of impending doom and anxiety that begins to grow once that idealism is weaponized. At the end of the day, "Defcon 5 4 3 2 1" might not be Man or Astro-Man?'s most fun record, but given how much the world has changed in the band's absence, it definitely feels like their most timely and topical record to date. (*Review writen by Greg Prato ).
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