Newsletter — New Single Out Now
Hello! Cancel The Astronauts here to let you know that our new digital single, While I Was Sleeping, is out today. Hurrah! It’s the final single to be taken from our debut album, Animal Love Match, and is available to download at this link here.
The hard sell is further down the page, but we’re also here to report the sad and more important news that Michael, synth-player, sometime video-maker and dancer extraordinaire, is leaving the band. Michael is a founder member, is responsible for deciding it was Astronauts we wanted to Cancel, and has been playing with us since the days when our drummer was an mp3 player and our microphone was nicked from a karaoke machine and taped to a broom handle we’d fed through a chair. We’re pretty bummed to see him go — it’s going to be a bit strange being on stage without him, to be honest — but time makes adults of us all, and as if that wasn’t enough it has also conspired with Jobs and Responsibilities to do a number on our ability to all be in the same room near musical instruments with any sort of regularity. Bloody time! Michael played his last gig with us at our single launch on Friday and received a rapturous and well-deserved send off (if not, as he had requested, a watch and a bunch of flowers).
What’s that about a single? Okay, here’s the hard sell: While I Was Sleeping is our new single! The download is only 79 pennies and comes with b-side When The Morning Comes and some lovely artwork by Ulla Saar.
What’s more, it’s got its own video! Featuring all our handsome faces, as well as some of the other faces we pull. You can watch it here.
We’re enormously indebted to Christopher Snow and Geri Toth for their patient and skilled work filming us and putting all it together. Huge thanks also to the cast who gave up their time on a freezing cold day in West Linton to help make it. They are: Ania Flaszczynska, Julian Bartels, Tillmann Apel, Katharina Hieber, Frederike Quiske, Rosa Brenner, Conn Heijungs, Michael Kemp and many others. Thank you!
Finally! If you haven’t yet picked up our second EP, Funny For A Girl, what’s wrong with you? But seriously you should probably do it now because we’re giving it away as a free download because we love you. You can get it here.
Okay thanks, bye!
Cancel The Astronauts
Go magically behind the scenes of the video for our new single, While I Was Sleeping. Out soon!
While I Was Sleeping Single Launch
So then! Soon, we’re going to be flinging our new single into the world. It’ll be a digital fling, because we’re modern, but the gig we’re having to celebrate will be analogue, because we’re also old fashioned.
Both these things will happen on Friday the 2nd of August, and More Details Will Follow, but I can tell you the gig will be at Sneaky Pete’s and that we’ll be supported by the wonderful Shooting Stansfield. And also that we’d love for you to come along.
Oh! The single is called While I Was Sleeping. It goes a little something like this…
Our first video with real people in! And us! Hurrah! We’re enormously indebted to filmmakers Christopher Snow and Geri Toth for their patient and skilled work. Also to the cast who gave up their time on a freezing cold day in West Linton to help make it. They are: Ania Flaszczynska, Julian Bartels, Tillmann Apel, Katharina Hieber, Frederike Quiske, Rosa Brenner, Conn Heijungs, Michael Kemp and many others. Thank you!
Everything Everything All Of The Time
This isn’t an Everything Everything fan blog, right.
(Though if it was it’d be called Fuck Yeah Everything Everything, clearly, because we’re on tumblr now. Except Fuck Yeah Everything Everything already exists, also clearly, because Fuck Yeah *Everything* exists on tumblr. If I didn’t think it might already exist, I’d start a Fuck Yeah blog called Fuck Yeah If You’re Going To Say Fuck Yeah To Everything, You Might As Well Not Say Fuck Yeah To Anything And Save Yourself A Lot Of Sweary Mouthed Trouble. All the posts would be pictures of people looking grumpy, and there would be writing on top, because that’s all modern now.)
That said, I am about to post a couple of Everything Everything videos. The first one because some clever illegal man has stolen their Glastonbury set off the BBC and put it on youtube for everyone to enjoy and embed, and because it’s really good. The second one because it’s really funny.
Also, we’re on tumblr now. What do you expect? Original content? Pffft.
Highlight Of The Year
Like all bass players, bassist Neil is a modest type, so he won’t tell you that he was recently interviewed by a man from the BBC because he might have helped save a frigging tree from blooming extinction, but he was and he did. And we can’t have him hiding his light under a Catacol Whitebeam, not least because they’re really difficult to find.
Look, here he is, talking about it and being described as a ‘Scientist’.
He looks fucking delighted.
Apparently, it was his highlight of last year. In unrelated news, our debut album Animal Love Match, recorded and released in 2012, is still available to buy from all good record stores.
Website Of The Week
Hello. We’ve all been humming Staying Alive and giving our website a heart massage and no kisses, like what Vinnie says. Our hope was we could bring it gasping back to life in time for Matty to make it say deeply erotic things about Roger Federer under the pretense of just Taking An Interest In The Tennis, but poor old Rog has gone and fallen at the second hurdle, which is a piece of apparatus that shouldn’t even have been there. Arf.
So we’re just going to have to think of other ways to bring us dot co dot uk back to the rude sort of health that once compelled Steve Lamacq to declare it his website of the week (what? That came up organically). I guess that could include talking about what we’re doing As A Band, but a this point that mostly just involves us saying we’re doing exciting stuff we can’t tell you about yet and hoping you’ll wander off thinking The National have made us sign a non-disclosure form, when what it really means is we’re hoping to do some exciting stuff but we’re not sure if one of us will be on holidays or up a tree or down a well or in a whale at some crucial moment and the whole thing will fall through. It’s basically all emails, right now.
I can tell you we’ve been writing some songs, though. And that they sound new and different and have in lots of weird chords that Matty seems to have invented. And I can show you a picture of Chris the drummer realising he’ll never have to learn a single one of them:
What else? I’ve recently become obsessed with Everything Everything’s last album, Arc. It’s pretty much the best album and you should listen to it.
This is a song off it:
Not Yet Dead!
We are not yet dead, though it sometimes looks like it.
We are in fact very busy writing our second album, recording B-sides for our new single ‘While I Was Sleeping’ (details to follow)* and even playing the very odd not-cancelled gig.
As evidence, I submit to you this review of Curators’s’s very recent album launch which what we did went and played at (by superfan Manic Pop Thrills): here.
Thanks to Curators for having us, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. xxx
There’s pictures here: yes, here. Thanks to MPT for the flattering angles.
OTHER THINGS SOON I PROMISE.
* Not right now!
CTA New Year Info Dump
How’re you? We’re fine thank you.
It’s been a while, got some admin to take care of, we’ve been very lax. Here’s a big long list of links to stuff.
SO, we released our album on the 17th of September last year.
Here’s some reviews of it:
The Herald, The List, Undersong, Peenko, Manic Pop Thrills, 17 Seconds, Scottish Fiction, Tremendous Music Taste, When You Motor Away, Dauphin, GlasGOwest and Brit Rock Army
I might have missed some… but you get the gist. Thanks to everyone who was interested enough to put fingers to keyboard and review it!
Some people also wrote nice things about us and the album that weren’t reviews, we talked about it to some people as well:
This is Fake DIY, Peenko, 17 Seconds, Manic Pop Thrills, The Tidal Wave Of Indifference, Is This Music?, Dingus and Killing Moon
Then we played our belated album launch gig with the marvellous Letters and Shooting Stansfield. Here’s a couple of reviews of the gig from Undersong and Manic Pop Thrills
Thanks to everyone who came along to that! Massive thanks to JP and Joe and everyone at the Electric Circus for being tremendous. Super massive thanks to Evelyn for making such amazing cupcakes.
Lastly! The year ended and some people said some nice things about us and our album.
Mr Alan Morrison at The Herald placed Animal Love Match at number forty one in his list of the best 50 Scottish Albums of the year.
Here’s a photo of it in the actual paper.
Lastly, the splendid Mike Manic Pop Thrills named us as his second favourite album of the year, his second favourite live band of the year (To be fair, the former Bad Books and now Book Group are ruddy marvellous.) and Intervention was his 3rd favourite single of the year. He seems to like us.
He’s probably our blogger of the year. Thanks Mike!
Album launch update
Cancel The Astronauts here with a quick reminder/the stunning news that our much delayed album launch party is happening on Friday 30th November in Edinburgh, at The Electric Circus. You should come along. It’ll be ace.
We’ll have sets from the brilliant Letters and the fabulous Shooting Stansfield, the mighty Kid Canaveral will be DJing, we’ll do some songs, Matt will do some dancing, and there might even be cakes*.
Advance tickets are available at ticketweb (here) and seetickets (here), and also from real people at Ripping Records (South Bridge) and Tickets Scotland (Rose Street), though you should be able to pay on the door.
You’ll be able to buy our album at the gig, of course, but equipping yourself with a copy beforehand for super-make-better-singing-along is actively encouraged. Buy direct! from us (here) indirectly the usual internet downloady suspects, or from your favourite among the following lovely, discerning, supportive and in-need-of-support independent music retailers:
Grooves Records (Kirkwall)
Imperial Music (Inverness)
Love Music (Glasgow)
One Up Music (Aberdeen)
Unknown Pleasures (Edinburgh)
Action Records (Preston)
Crash Records (Leeds)
Sound It Out Records (Stockton on Tees)
Sister Ray Records (London)
Truck Music Store (Oxford)
Spillers Records (Cardiff)
Tangled Parrot (Carmarthen)
Thanks for your time! Hope to see you all on the 30th!
Lots of love,
Cancel The Astronauts
Praise for Animal Love Match:
A fantastic album. And all the more impressive as a debut. 17 Seconds
An excellent record that should be in your Scottish music collection. GlasGOwest
A terrific pop album which illustrates just how many great songs these guys have to burn. Manic Pop Thrills
It would take a hard heart indeed to not find something to savour in guitar pop as brilliantly executed as this. This Is Fake DIY
The best Scottish album so far this year, and definitely one of the greatest albums by anyone in 2012. (9/10 Undersong)
A stirring debut album. (**** The List)
Lyrical shadows linger over the bright corners of hook-laden tunes, adding quirky depth to an infectious set of songs that trip over each other in their giddy haste to sprint out from the starting blocks. The Herald