- Wed, 2008-08-06 10:25
"I Like Music because… it is for everyone.” Mette, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
“We started recording one year ago. We’ve been playing for seven months. This was our 12th gig ever.”
I am honestly stunned as these words leave the mouth of Mette, the lovely front lady of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. We are stood outside The Soho Revue Bar after the evenings performance. Mette goes on to divulge details of their recording process; ‘We recorded the music in Copenhagen. Lars has a one room flat, sort of a home built studio and we recorded most of it there.’
I imagine the scenario. It would not surprise me if the walls of their studio were covered in colours, shapes, drapes and sparkles. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are the missing link between retro pop, soul, and most of the commercial, over produced, formulaic melodies of today. With horns, jingles, jangles, quirky female vocals and a groove that makes you want to spin round in circles until you see stars, this band fuse together the stray seams of the decades with the prittstick of modern pop.
There are six Asteroids, but the tour guides come in the form of bass player Lars Iverson and vocalist Mette Lindberg.
“It’s Lars and I who write the music. Mostly Lars. I add some things, melody or chorus, it depends. Then we tell the band how to play them and they add their own style on top of that.”
It is a formula that must be working. The show was impressive for gig number 12, but even more impressive is the story of gig number one which found them supporting Amy Winehouse, at the biggest venue in Copenhagen, after a special request from her management.
The Asteroids are incredibly fun to watch and on top of that, they all look really cool. We’re talking afros, sunglasses, saxophones, tambourines, skin tight leopard skin trousers and hats at jaunty angles. Awesome. Plus they just don’t stop smiling, which after a while becomes infectious. As I stood beneath the giant chandelier of the Soho Revue bar I inhaled and exhaled the refreshing breaths of a new band that knew how to play together, crafted their songs with an understanding and appreciation of each others talents, and just wanted to have a good time. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour have a few more dates left in the UK and hopefully, should become a permanent fixture in more of the small, off the wall city venues.