Posted in music | tour dates on January 22, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Man or Astro-man? - Junk Satellite (MP3)

Man or Astroman

The first time I saw Man or Astroman? was in April of 1997, in a small bar in Tempe, Arizona. This was five years after the band had originally started playing, conquering stages across the world with their unique blend of punk, electronica and surf music. After a solid two-hour set and a double encore, the band capped off the evening by setting off a Tesla coil in the middle of the stage, sending thick, purple lightning through the club. As impressive (and frightening) as the light show was, the power surge melted part of the venue's electronics and blacked-out parts of suburban Phoenix for the better part of three days (this due to the clubs proximity to a power substation). This was how music was supposed to sound - not like that damn Dave Matthews or whatever the hell else was playing on the rock station back then. [Slug Magazine]
Sci-fi instrumental surf-rock band Man or Astro-man? has performed only a handful of times since going on indefinite hiatus in 2001. They will be performing at this year's SXSW. Before then, the reuniting trio of Starcrunch, Birdstuff, and Coco will be playing a show at Birmingham, Alabama's The Bottletree on March 6th. Tickets for that are on sale now.

One of their previous reunions was at Touch & Go Records' 25th Anniversary celebration in Chicago September 2006. The label put out a good portion of the band's extensive catalog, including 1997's Made from Technetium, which features the song posted above. Videos of the often-costume-clad band and their impressive chops are below...

Man or Astro-man? - Special Agent Conrad Uno

Man... or Astroman? - Lo Batt

Man or Astro-man? 2000 and my old super8 films

Man or Astro-Man? - Theme from Eeviac

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Comments (26)

HOORAY!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 10:51 AM

great band. would love to see them live one day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 10:52 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 10:53 AM

Fantastic live band. Would love to see them again - please come to NYC!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 10:59 AM

speaker phasing!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 11:00 AM

loved. this. band. now they just need to bring back 'the causey way'!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 11:12 AM

Oh weird. I thought they were planning to be done for good after Touch and Go. They were actually dismantling and handing out to people in the audience parts of their stage set.

Posted by noamjamski | January 22, 2010 11:23 AM

This just made my day! One of the best live bands I've seen - hopefully they will continue to play the old venues of years past. Seems like they were a house band at Maxwell's in the late 90's, early 2000's. And yes, bring back Causey and Enon!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 12:38 PM

Great band - they should revive their earlier REVO incarnation while they're at it.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 22, 2010 3:48 PM

come to NYC!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 4:11 PM

Seeing Man... Or Astroman? again might be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets me to SXSW this year.

Also yes, please come to New York.

Posted by Adam | January 22, 2010 5:21 PM

Great live band and great marketers. In addition to having a record collection's wet dream of a 7" library they also sold all sorts of funny collector items including Man Or Astro-man? "space dust", which I believe was just dyer lint in a cool package.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 5:32 PM

wait - no 'meh' comments? Is this ACTUALLY brooklyn vegan? or is speaker phasing some type of deragatory comment?

Are you getting enough oxygen?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2010 6:48 PM

Now theres a band in different incarnations that played great shows. Have a 7" by them that looks like a secret document folder. They did a good cover of Television Man.

Posted by td | January 22, 2010 6:49 PM

awesome, awesome band. please come to NYC

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Posted by Mark | February 2, 2010 11:52 AM

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Posted by Mark | February 2, 2010 11:52 AM

man or astro man? really needs to come back to salt lake city utah,its been well over 10 years since they were here. they put on a mind blowing show,and there arent enough bands these days that leave a lasting impression.

Posted by dennis lemons | March 15, 2010 6:40 PM

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Posted by really dennis lemons | March 27, 2010 6:57 PM

Great live band and great marketers. In addition to having a record collection's wet dream of a 7" library they also sold all sorts of funny collector items including Man Or Astro-man? "space dust", which I believe was just dyer lint in a cool package.

Posted by دردشة مكتوب | November 24, 2010 9:11 AM

they were a great band to see, there shows were good, but sometimes their starship trip kinda turned me off

Posted by db | March 10, 2011 10:50 AM

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