Asteroids: Burn Your Maps

The Asteroids: Burn Your Maps (Self Released)
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Ten tracks of explosive energy from The Asteroids, the Machynlleth 4-piece solely responsible for the nascent Nu Wave genre.

Apparently, Asteroid J left Birmingham for the tranquillity of the Dyfi Valley whereupon he met M West and K West who had recently arrived from Kansas, USA. They tried to form a band, but the lack of a drummer presented them with a few problems; at which point M & K West recalled they had a 12yr old son; J became The Asteroids drummer by default; he’s 13 now, but the tracks that make up ‘Burn Your Maps’ were captured prior to him hitting those difficult teenage years!

Opening up with ‘One Way System’ a 47 second full fat immersion into high energy DIY punk rock, built around a buzz saw guitar, complete with rabble rousing shouty lyrics and a hook Tyson Fury would be proud to call his own, ‘Never Give Up’ careers over the 1-minute mark, a raucous uplifting jolt of clattering drums and choppy guitars that’s like the perfect marriage of the Pistols and power pop, whilst ‘Nothing Means A Thing’ with its strong female backing vocal sounds like Eastfield ripping Buzzcocks finest moments, its full of angst, melody and a sense of self-assurance that comes with an innate understanding of how to write a song.

The Devoto/Shelley reference is present throughout ‘Selling Lies’ not least with the cheeky “a noise can annoy” lyric that accompanies the slashed guitar rhythm ahead of gorgeous harmonies; I’d suggest ‘Telephone’ takes a generous dollop of inspiration from ‘Holidays In The Sun’ before channelling The Asteroids strong melodies and crafting a real poppy punk anthem complete with an obligatory yelped “2, 3, 4” and a damn cool guitar solo.

‘Dictator’ is a is a brisk fizzy nu wave song with a nagging “It’s true… I hate you” vocal, and a beat that moves you in multiple directions, similarly with ‘You Lose’ which confirms Asteroids are one of the first bands I want to see live when this current shit-storm is over.

‘Shut Your Mouth’ is as brash as its title, sneering lyrical barbs and a song laced with angst, confidence, crashing cymbals and a riff pinched from somewhere I just can’t identify.
‘Burn Your Maps’ is a special record, a timeless record that will reaffirm your faith in rock ‘n’ roll and remind you that its supposed to be revitalizing, and above all fun – which in these current times is exactly what we need.

The Asteroids: Burn Your Maps

Track list:

1. One Way System
2. Never Give Up
3. Nothing Means a Thing to Me
4. Selling Lies
5. Telephone
6. Dictator
7. This Town
8. You Lose
9. Shut Your Mouth
10. Black Heart

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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