Is it different from a standard Honest Tune menu item? Yes it is.
But the better question is what the hell is it? The only description that can be readily fathomed in order to label this sound from The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is as follows:
If Bjork met Ween while shaking hands with Nico (Velvet Underground) on the way to a fashion show with a less politically overtoned M.I.A, it may turn into TAGT. Whatever it is, it is funky and catchy as hell… so we went to snag some streams (below) from their EP that is out today so you can decide for yourself.
Rolling Stone said:
“…singer Mette Lindberg vamps like a sinus-infected Kylie Minogue over a bombastic synth-horn march. It’s endetarmsabning – which we’re told means “rad.”
"[it has] a swank sound that calls to mind the soulful ‘70s –brassy horns, psychedelic effects, and a healthy dose of Technicolored funk…sunny hits, perfect for daytime dance parties.”
The band’s PR folks say:
The band reached instant global exposure when their song “Around The Bend”was featured in an Apple iPod Touch advertisement. Their music also appeared in Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and CSI Miami. “Around The Bend”was also one of the key tracks to the R.J. Cuttler documentary "The September Issue", based on Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
You are about to hear much more from The Asteroids as their latest single “The Golden Age” was also picked up by the advertising fraternity as it features in a new super cool global ad for Heineken called “’The Entrance,“ which is currently playing in USA and has already had over 3 million hits on YouTube, see it HERE. The band’s long version HERE has reached over 600,000 hits.
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour will be heading off on the road with their band of trusted companions who like to swap instruments onstage and all have a thoroughly good time. AGT have already garnered coveted support slots with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry, but have headlined their own tours. (live dates below).
The seeds of AGT were sown in a Danish smalltown in the late 1990s when teenage Lars Iversen launched his career as a jazz pianist. After discovering David Bowie, he turned a corner; before only listening to black music, like jazz and soul, he realised there was this thing called Rock’n’Roll. Lars and his brother built up their own little studio in his very small apartment and experimented, making beats and loops, cutting and sampling, learning the basic recording skills that way. Inevitably, Lars crossed paths with Mette Lindberg, “the coolest singer in Copenhagen“. Their first band project came to nothing, but they kept bumping into each other. A few years later, Lars found himself in need of some distraction from his tedious course work at architectural college. He started writing new material in his by now rather sophisticated home studio. He went back to his love of black American music; Sly & The Family Stone and George Clinton – the type of music that combines soul with psychedelia and Rock’n’Roll and pop sensibilities. It seemed a natural choice to call up Mette, who didn’t show much interest at first: But then Lars slipped a CD under her door. It was exactly the sound that she had in my head, and so The Asteroids Galaxy Tour were born.
5/26 – London, UK @ ULU
5/28 – London, UK @ London Heineken Champions League Final
6/15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg
6/16 – Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera
6/18 – Germany, Southside Festival
6/19 – Germany, Hurricane Festival
6/23 – Greece, Heineken Festival
7/01 – Poland, Open’er Festival
7/10 – Hungary, Balaton Sound Festival
9/23 – Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Rock in Rio