Posts Tagged ‘surf’

It was the early 1990’s and the grunge movement was gearing up to explode in full force. Seattle, as it was, became the new mecca of music that floated outside the mainstream airwaves. Kurt Cobain was becoming immortalized and “Slick Willie” was leading this great nation of ours into a new direction.

Somewhere in the fields of an Alabama college town named Auburn, a spaceship was forced to make a crash landing while serving as the vessel of an intergalactic tour featuring a band called Man or Astroman(?). Nobody has even quite figured out where they came from, but with names like Starcrunch, Birdstuff, and Coco The Electric Monkey and yielding unearthly instruments such as theramins, printers, and tesla coils, it soon became apparent they were staying here to blow our minds.

And blow our minds they did. Following in the footsteps of surf maestro Dick Dale but utilizing sci-fi themes and samples to make it a sound all their own, MOA? truly revolutionized the genre as it was known. Between 1993 and 2001, the band released dozens of singles and eight full length albums through labels such as Estrus, Touch and Go, and Sympathy. Although disbanding in 2001, the band reunited for a few shows in 2005 (including the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary celebration). After taking another few years off, Man or Astroman ? once again became active in 2010; this time with a full US tour. Plans for a new studio album and a summer 2011 tour are reportedly in the works.

PROJECT INFINITY (Estrus 1995)

SPECTRUM OF INFINITE SCALE (Touch and Go 2001)