2017 marked the beginning of Los Angeles based Vast Asteroid, consisting of singer/songwriter James Poulos, former Warlocks bassist Mimi Star and drummer Mark Reback of the seminal Mancunian punk-rock band Slaughter and the Dogs.
With that background and history, they have been described as a super group of sorts, and their sound is a unique blend of shoegaze, space rock, desert rock, grunge and britpop, dubbed ‘Spacegaze’, which is also the title of the last track on the album, a theme of majestic and transforming sonic gestures clocking in at under 18 minutes, with Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) on additional guitar.
Their debut album (S/t) was released in digital formats last November, earning rave reviews and the attention of Athens-based Thinkbabymusic Records, leading to a deluxe gatefold vinyl edition.
According to the details, the album has been pressed in 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl, and collectors will surely enjoy the sealed gatefold. The record also comes with a free download code which includes two bonus, previously unheard / unreleased tracks from the band.
On the occasion of the vinyl edition, the label released a new video for ‘Drown’, directed by Thinkbabymusic’s Dorah X. “We decided to try and shoot a video for the band and bring out or add another feel for the particular song.” Dorah said. “We set everything up and shot it kind of spontaneously. I could tell from the first couple shots what that feel was going to be and I went with it, everything was mellow and good fun. I like the closeness of it, and I think the visuals worked well with it, which is what we wanted since we really liked the song to begin with. Editing it afterwards was pretty straight forward, definitely a lot brighter that what we’re used to.”
About the song, singer James Poulos comments: ” ‘Drown’ is the biggest fusion of opposites on the record. Blatant hooks, funky structure. Alien lyrics, familiar emotional terrain. Poppiest song in some ways, sludgiest in others. The title is taken from the bridge. A cherry ring pop you dropped in the parking lot. Alice In Chains goes to Hot Topic. I like all these things about this song very much.
It pretty much came into being fully formed as a musical idea, and I was terrified I’d mess it up and lose the magic in the studio. Fortunately Mark and Mimi made that impossible. And Dave Catching handed me the perfect old Tele to nail the rhythm guitar. Lick, lick, crunch.”
At first glance of the new video “Drown”, i was somehow reminded of Miki Berenyi and mid 90s Lush. It probably was the color brightness. Anyways check it out. It was released on video May 30th.
NOTE – portions of article are from a press release