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August 28th, 2007

Astra

If there’s one band I have to give credit to for overcoming San Diego’s insatiable desire for musical mediocrity it is Astra. Formed in 2001 under the name Silver Sunshine, it wasn’t until 2006 with the addition of new drummer/multi-instrumentalist David Hurley and guitarist Brian Ellis that Astra forged their new sound and band name. Tapping into the best parts of early prog and combining them with Syd Barrett era Floyd, Astra have really hit their stride on their most recent demo. “The Weirding” is a 10 minute epic of psychedelic rock of the finest degree, equal parts Pretty Things, King Crimson and Pink Floyd yet wholly original… this is a band about to break. Contemporary comparisons could be drawn to friends Dungen, but I think that they’ve created something with much greater continuity here.

Give it a listen:

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Astra – The Weirding pt. I

Astra – The Weirding pt. II

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Astra – The Weirding pt. I

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Astra – The Weirding pt. II

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2 Comments »

  1. […] right now you can catch The Entrance Band at one of the following shows (w/ the always talented Astra and J. Emery […]

  2. I totally agree, never heard of them until emusic.com had them on their site.

    Unfortunately a week later now, its not available???… anyways, I was glad to get it when it was available.

    Definitely Syd-esque and the early KC influences.

    Highly recommend listening!

    Comment by Dave — March 26, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

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