The mighty ASTEROID is another kick-ass psych-rock jam band hailing from Örebro, Sweden. The band formed in the winter of 2003, and is currently comprised of members: Robin Hirse (guitar/vocs); Johannes Nilsson (bass/vocs); and Henrik Jansson (drums). Former members include Elvis Campbell and Martin Ström.
ASTEROID’s music falls right off of the early 70′s psych/blues classic rock tree. It’s crazy riffy druggy jammy. And it’s equally just as much of a relaxing enjoyable chill-ride. The band has released three albums to date: Asteroid & Blowback Split (2006); Asteroid (2007); and Asteroid II (2010). The band is often known for long, improv jam-outs and doesn’t always necessarily follow along with a script or a set-list in their live sets.
Now out with a new 7″ vinyl EP (appropriately titled Asteroid 7″), and a new drummer in tow – the band is about to embark on “The Mighty Asteroid Travelling Show” – a tour that will take them all across Europe thru the rest of 2012.
From the band’s press release – the new 7” consists of two tracks that show the more bluesy side to their signature style of 70’s hard/psychedelic rock. The song “Move a Mountain” has all the elements of a classic Asteroid track – a hard hitting blues anthem with lots of brilliant jams and a smooth spacious chorus. The second song – “One foot in the Grave” – is the shortest ASTEROID song to date and probably the fastest as well. Here are some past ASTEROID jams to whet your palette with…
“The Mighty Asteroid Travelling Show” – EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
25.05.12 Berlin – Bassy @ DusTownFestival
26.05.12 Halle – VL Club w/ Fake Blanche
27.05.12 Dresden – Bärenzwinger w/ MarsRedSky
28.05.12 Würzburg – Cairo w/ The Flying Eyes
29.05.12 Bielefeld – AJZ
30.05.12 Darmstadt – Oettinger Villa w/ The Baboon Show
31.05.12 Alkmaar – Merv’s w/ Fill Bloom
01.06.12 Middelburg – DeSpot w/ A Generation After
02.06.12 Roermond – Ajzenfabriek
03.06.12 Paris – Les Combustibles
05.06.12 Innsbruck – p.m.k.
06.06.12 Wien – Shelter
07.06.12 Schwandorf – Grafenbeck
08.06.12 Wutha – Farnroda – JH Crocodile
09.06.12 Oostburg – The Lane @Massafest III
The new 7″ is said to be available exclusively only on “The Mighty Asteroid Travelling Show” tour stops. But hopefully we’ll see it available elsewhere, as well. The band says that it’s a “pure delight for those fond of heavy folk rock and psychedelic grooves!” If you are a Spotify user, the band has made many of their past songs available there as well. For more information and to link-up with the band, head on over to their website HERE (and be sure to check-out the SHOP as well – lots of cool jewelery and stuff there!). The band also appears to be pretty active on their official Facebook page.
ASTEROID back catalog on Amazon: