The Boston-based shoegaze-metal quintet Astronoid will release their debut LP, Air, in June. Stereogum premiered the title track last month, and in that post, I wrote at length about my enthusiasm for the album. As I said there:
It’s an album for people who would love Deafheaven if only that band sang instead of screamed; an album for people who would be really into Mew if that band just kicked ass instead of being super goddamn weird so much of the time. And if you — like me — already love Deafheaven and Mew, then it’s definitely an album for you, too.
That’s an admittedly reductive encapsulation of an album that’s actually fiercely original and totally exhilarating, but if it helps to convince you to listen, then it’s done its job. Air feels like an album I’ve been waiting years to hear — an album I didn’t even know I was waiting for — and now that it’s arrived, I’m absolutely blown away.
Anyway, today Metal Injection premiere the album’s second single, “Up And Atom,” which provides a nice showcase for the band’s ridiculous chops (the only word that can be used to describe these guitars is shred), even as they somehow double down on the lush vocal melodies and incredible hooks. Listen.
Air is out 6/10 via Blood Music. Pre-order it here.