I recently got the opportunity to interview London based politically-charged Electro Goth Punk band ‘Calling All Astronauts’about their recent album ‘Anti-Social Network’ and ask them a few questions about their music style and influences.
Your latest album ‘Anti-Social Network’ was released last month, do you think that this could be the album that grabs people’s attention?
“We live in hope, we believe we’ve made a great album, but let’s be honest, we are a DIY band, we are very lucky to get so much support from both radio and blogs, but we don’t have any marketing budget whatsoever. So if it is embraced by the mainstream, it will just be luck”
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
“We take influence from everywhere, I always say every piece of music you ever listen to influences you in some way. We do as a band take a lot of influences from late 70’s and 80’s alternative acts, but then we try and make it sound more modern, hopefully we manage it!”
Do you have one word that you use to describe your music?
I see you played Kendal Calling in 2013, how was that?
“It was really awesome! I looked out and I could see who books the festival watching us. I looked to my left and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans was stood at the side of the stage watching us too. We had a great day, though the drive from London was a long one!”
You have very strong political views, do you think music is a great platform to get your views across to people?
“Definitely! I wouldn’t say I’m political as much as socio-political, I have no real allegiance to any of our current political parties, I’m more concerned with social injustice, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia being eradicated from society. If by people listening to my lyrics, I can make them consider what is going on, I think I’m winning. We live in a society, in which more people seem to care if a reality star gets her figure back following childbirth, than care that children are dying in Africa due to lack of clean drinking water, how can that be right?”
If you could work with any band or artist, who would it be?
“J would like to guest on a KISS record, Paul would love to work with Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and David would love to co-produce with Skrillex”
I mentioned Kendal Calling earlier, are you playing any festivals or shows this year?
“We hope to, although it’s now getting a bit late to get onto the bill this summer. We have started working on the new live set incorporating lots of the new album, and reprogramming some of our debut album as well”
What do you have planned for the next year or so? New album or single maybe?
Our next single “Time to Fight Back” is out at the start of June, it will also include a version of the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. There will also be several more singles and remixes over the next 12 months and we have also started writing the next album!”
Thank you so much to Calling All Astronauts for giving me the opportunity to interview them, I really appreciate it!
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