You can now stream the entire new album from Asteroid No. 4. What I love about this band is their inclusion of sounds beyond “drone” in their exploration of psychedelic music–but rest assured, there’s some drone in there too. It’s just that there were as many weirdos on the farms back in the day as there were in warehouses and these guys know it.
Dig this 45 minute tour of Cosmic American Music while summer fades to fall and the nights take over the days. There’s a golden chill in the air, so warm up with a nip of whiskey and a tug on your pipe.
I kinda laughed when I got the email from their publicist asking if we’d be interested in interviewing “veteran psych-rock band, The Asteroid No.4” I mean, veterans? How old could they be? That was until I realized that we last spoke to them in 2002–yes, 12 years ago.
A lot has happened in the psych-rock scene in the last decade-plus: Dawes got everyone all crazy for Laurel Canyon again and related 60s and 70s west coast culture; the rise of festivals, especially those catering to niche musical genres like garage rock and psychedelic music; and a movie called Dig! raised the profiles of two of the flagship acts of the scene with The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. And while in economics it may be a bit of a misnomer, in rock and roll a rising tide does in fact lift all boats. Twelve years on, The Asteroid No.4 are floating along nicely.
We jumped on the phone with founding member, songwriter and guitarist, Scott Vitt to talk about the changing scene and his band’s move from Philadelphia to Northern California.
We posted “Ignition Slated for Eight” back in October, and here’s another song as the release date gets closer. You think this song is about Syd Barrett? “There you sit with the look of something lost at sea / So quiet / It’s a mystery how you’ve got me only wanting more…” I kinda do.
It’s crazy to think it’s been almost nine years since we interviewed these guys when they opened up for the Brian Jonestown Massacre in Chicago. Time flies. Nice to know they’re still making music. This will actually be their sixth album, which seems like a pretty healthy career for a band at this level. Good for them.
The Glorious Noise Interview with The Asteroid No. 4
There’s increasing interest in music with raw foundations. From the garage rock sonic blasts of the White Stripes and the Hives to the country-tinged folk harmonies of the Beachwood Sparks and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, real music for real people is getting more attention.
Glorious Noise caught up with Philadelphia’s The Asteroid No. 4 to find out what it is we’re all looking for and how bands like this help us find the way. Read the interview.