astrobrite

Members of astrobrite: Andrew Prinz, Melissa Arpin, Narasaki, Odell Nails, Scott Cortez
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://profile.myspace.com/astrobrite

Discography of astrobrite:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 1997 Sonic Syrup
2 Pinkshinyultrablast 14 Audio 2005 Vinyl Junkie Recordings
3 Crush 12 Audio 2001 Clairecords
4 One Hit Wonder 20 Audio 2008-08-27 Vinyl Junkie Recordings
5 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2007-04-11 Vinyl Junkie Recordings
6 Pinkshinyultrablast 11 Audio 2004 Wavertone
7 Crush 12 Audio 2011-03-15 BLVD Records (2)
8 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
9 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
10 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
11 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
12 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
13 Boombox Supernova 11 Audio 2011-11-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
14 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
15 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
16 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
17 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
18 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
19 All The Stars Will Fall 9 Audio 2012-08-14 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
20 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
21 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
22 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
23 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
24 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
25 Whitenoise Superstar 12 Audio 2012-12-13 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
26 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
27 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
28 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
29 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
30 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
31 Pinkshinyultrablast 13 Audio 2012-06-05 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
32 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
33 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
34 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
35 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
36 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
37 One Hit Wonder 24 Audio 2013-01-26 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
38 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
39 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
40 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
41 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
42 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
43 8 Candy EP 8 Audio 2012-09-01 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
44 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
45 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
46 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
47 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
48 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
49 Jingle Bells 3 Audio 2011-12-25 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)
50 Her Beautiful Skin 2 Audio 2011-12-09 Not On Label (astrobite Self-Released)


Astrobrite is the Chicago-based shoegaze noise-pop project from the musician Scott Cortez (of STAR and lovesliescrushing). For regular Strangeways Shoegaze Spotlight readers, this should sound somewhat familiar – last week in the Spotlight, Cortez’s project lovesliescrushing was covered. Cortez’s influence on the evolution of shoegaze, drone and dream pop is often criminally overlooked; both lovesliescrushing and Astrobrite deserve closer examination by any fans of these genres.

Astrobrite began in the summer of 1993 as a solo 4 track bedroom project by Cortez. In 1995 the band expanded in order to tour. Astrobrite is sometimes referred to as a supergroup, since at times (especially for the purposes of playing live shows) the band incorporates members of STAR (Scott Cortez), lovesliescrushing (Scott Cortez, Melissa Arpin-Duimstra), Mahogany (Andrew Prinz), Majesty Crush (Odell Nails), Dark Red, Paik (Rob Smith), Xebec (Doug Walker), Coaltar of the Deepers and others, as well.

Interestingly enough, Astrobrite solely played live and released no official records until 2001, all the while building a reputation as a band that “transcends shoegaze by destroying the fuzz/noise boundaries setup by previous shoegazing outfits and manages to make the most beautiful and melodic noise you’ll ever hear.” They played their “last” show in 1997 and then went on hiatus. Only then, in 2001, was Astrobrite’s first album, Crush, released via Clairerecords (later re-released in 2011 by BLVD Records). Cult gaze band Alison’s Halo (Adam Cooper) mastered and mixed Crush and 8 Candy EP.

In 2005, the LP Pinkshinyultrablast was released via Vinyl Junkie Recordings, solidifying Astrobrite’s underground reputation as expert noisemakers. So influential, in fact, that a more recent gaze outfit out of Russia named themselves after the record. Next came Whitenoise Superstar in 2007, which found Astrobrite pushing the boundaries of noise and pop even further. Whitenoise Superstar is generally considered to be Astrobrite’s most experimental record, as far as noise and drone are concerned, and the LP gained notoriety among the fans of these more fringe genres. This was later followed by One Hit Wonder (a collection of early unreleased tracks) in 2008.

Astrobrite was quiet until late 2011, when the much anticipated lost album of the band’s trademark fuzzed out drone from the 1994-1998 era, entitled Boombox Supernova, was released via bandcamp in November. This was followed shortly by the free download of a track called “Jingle Bells” in December 2011. Boombox Supernova gained Astrobrite even more fans while satiating the older fans’ need for new material.


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