This is my first time in space and unlike The Frontier Brothers- I'm absolutely terrified.
The Frontier Brothers arrived in Austin in January 2006 to great acclaim. Austin Sound called their first release, Electronic Progress (EP), "as good an indie pop virus as you can find, catchy/hooky like flypaper, and then you never want to let go." Their sophomore effort, Solar Power Struggle! (EP), garnered similar acclaim. According to Pop Syndicate, "Listening to SPS! gives you the impression that the trio loves to make music. Their five song e.p. should be sought out and listened to repeatedly." BBC America columnist Vivien Goldman agreed. "The Frontier Brothers cover the territory between The Beach Boys and The Kinks, with just a touch of mad Syd Barret. Exquisite."
Our ship dips dangerously close to an asteroid belt, spilling our delicious vodka spritzers on my note pad. Marshall Galactic seems unfazed. "We haven't had time to visit our home planet at all this year. You know, we've played over 100 shows. Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas. We won't stop until everyone has heard. Besides," the eccentric frontman strokes his beard, "we live for over a thousand years on Betelgeuse. The bands there have been around longer than U2. We have plenty of time."
The intergalactic trio is currently preparing their first full-length release on Earth, "Space Punk Starlet," described by Galactic as a "14 track garage rock opera. Music for you to teleport to." After recent appearances in the New York Times (SXSW profile 2008), MTV (John Norris interview), and Spin Magazine (June, pg. 94), Marshall Galactic, Brett Moses, and Travis Newman have a lot to live up to. "Its our first full length album and it must be bold," says Moses, "With our previous EPs, we wanted to introduce humans to our music, our pop sensibility, our taste for clear narratives and compelling stories." Moses pauses by Galactic-They're on to something and they know it. "Space Punk Starlet is different. It's our first major studio album – we've realized our goals. It's a raucous pop symphony. […] I don't know if I should tell you this but we have space technology so the songs are literally impossible not to dance to."
Space Punk Starlet, recorded at Wire Recordings in Austin with producer Stuart Sullivan (Sublime, Okkervill River) will be released nationally in October 2008. Until then, just relax.
Press: Romina Magorno - Gorgeous PR Los Angeles
Marshall Galactic - Guitar / Vocals
Brett Moses - Keyboards / Vocals
Matt Hudson - Bass / Vocals
Groovemaster - Drums / Bass / Vocals
Space Punk Starlet - Oct. 2008
- Space Punk Starlet (101X Austin, KVRX Texas, KUT Austin, Future Sounds Radio Los Angeles)
- Take It For Love (101X Austin, KVRX Texas, WNYU)
- Kickstand Woman (LALA, Woxy)
Electronic Progress EP - 2006
- Take It For Love (KVRX Texas)
- Christmasville (Darkhorse Radio UK)
- Take It For Love (Radio Crystal Blue)
Solar Power Struggle EP - 2007
- Jump Blues (KVRX Texas, WRVU Nashville, KTCU Fort Worth)
- T.E.S.S (WRVU Nashville, Pop Candy Podcase, KTCU, KVRX Texas)