It’s not long now until the release of the debut single Athena from Manchester psych rock band Astral Project. The band have noticeably been working hard on this and are excited to finally let us have at it. it will be available to us all on Monday 14 August on iTunes and Spotify.
The band consists of Abbi Parcell on vocals; Scott Woodcock on guitar; Jack Biggs on drums; Emma Rosson on bass; and Sophie Erasmus playing the Keyboard. They formed almost a year ago with Scott and Jack knowing each other from a previous band.
A few of their influences being Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mazzy Star and The Who, you really get a feel of that as soon as the fuzzy opening guitar riff fires in. The song gets straight to the point and you can certainly hear distinctive aspects from each of their influences and it’s all combined flawlessly.
With a catchy, hard-hitting drum beat and swirling guitar leads, there comes Abbi’s raucous vocals which immediately make me think of Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson mixed with a little bit of Tess Parks. They have said themselves that the song is a flashback to 60s rock, and that if Jefferson Airplane and The Who had a love child, they’d be the result – and you can definitely sense that.
They recorded the single at Hope Mill Studios in Manchester, and within just two days they had recorded and mixed the whole thing – Jack states it was done on a “wave of euphoria”.
Towards the end of the song, after building and building – the tempo swiftly changes and creates a much calmer and somewhat hypnotic atmosphere. The song as a whole is upbeat yet mellow at the same because of the laidback guitar rhythm alongside Abbi’s strong vocal delivery. They carry a very intriguing sound and I’m interested to see what else they have to offer in the near future.
Astral Project will be playing Night & Day Café in Manchester on 19 August to celebrate the release and you can buy tickets here.
Review by Sharna Barber.