When you hear a band namedrop the Beatles, David Bowie, Talking Heads and Pink Floyd as inspirational sources you just have to check out whether they are either insane or dead serious – What I learned from checking out this band was that they were actually right about their sources. That said the most obvious sound-wise inspiration must be David Bowie, who you can feel below it all in their soundscape, as well as in Martin Zeppelin’s voice. If you hear something else, then that’s totally cool with me.
This is Aarhus five-piece Astronaut and they play genuine rock music, meaning old-fashion use of real physical instruments. Furthermore they focus to push the envelope in every move they make, from being part of the new Nordic Dynamic project with their EP (a new audio format with a greater span sound wise than what we are used to, red.), to their amazing music visuals and videos. It all makes sense when you learn that the band has its roots in the environment around The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
A Russian Jet Fighter Flying Upside Down
You may have heard about Russian jet fighters near, and even in, the Danish airspace a couple of months ago. It might be Putin trying to impress the beautiful Danish women, or it might have been Astronaut recording their video for “Imaginary Friend” recorded in an old Russian Jet Fighter. Not only did they manage to find the only leasable Jet fighter in Denmark, they were also recording the video in one single take – even flying upside down for a while. In short, this Aarhus band is willing to do whatever is needed in order to achieve the extraordinary.
We sat down for a small chat with the band at Smukfest last week after their performance at the P3 Tent scene. A chat where we suddenly we found ourselves speaking about black holes in the universe, Nilfisk vacuum cleaners and phantom limbs – And of course the story about the Russian Jet Fighter.
Hear and see the interview below: