The word "genre-defying" gets thrown around a lot, but it's not everyday that you hear a band really earn it like Astronoid. Their self-titled sophomore album comes out February 1 via Blood Music (pre-order), and opening track "A New Color" sounds like Mew vocal melodies with Deafheaven guitar riffs with Hum's heavy atmosphere with Clarity-era Jimmy Eat World's emotion. They sound like so many things at once, but it all comes together in a way that sounds seamless, never scatterbrained or overly ambitious. "A New Color" is both sugar-sweet dream pop and crushingly heavy metal, and it may surprise you how much it can appeal to fans of both of those genres. Talking about the new album, vocalist/guitarist Brett Boland said:

At the beginning, we were trying to outdo [our debut album] Air. It took us about six months to get into the groove. We realized we didn’t have anything to prove, and we got back to writing for the personal fulfillment of it. There’s a lot of pressure on a second release, so many of the lyrics are about overcoming self-doubt and the perceived opinions of others. We decided it should be self-titled, because this is us in our purest form. We ended up taking more chances. We were able to be Astronoid.

And about the new song, he adds:

We knew "A New Color" would open the record as soon as it was written. The mood of this album is much different than Air. This is the closest I’ve been to wearing my heart on my sleeve. It feels real and true. "A New Color" was a pivotal point in the writing process that solidified the direction we wanted to move in and a perfect place to start.

Check it out for yourself -- the song premieres below.

As mentioned, Astronoid are touring in February and March with Between the Buried and Me and Tesseract. That tour includes a show at NJ's Asbury Lanes on February 14 (tickets). All dates are listed below.


01. A New Color
02. I Dream In Lines
03. Lost
04. Fault
05. Breathe
06. Water
07. I Wish I Was There While The Sun Set
08. Beyond The Scope
09. Ideal World

Between the Buried and Me / Tesseract / Astronoid -- 2019 Tour Dates
February 8 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
February 12 Wilmington, DE The Queen
February 13 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
February 14 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
February 15 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
February 16 Hampton, NH Wally’s
February 17 Rochester, NY Anthology
February 19 Cleveland, OH Agora
February 20 Lansing, MI The Loft
February 21 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
February 22 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
February 23 Omaha, NE Slowdown
February 24 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
February 26 Reno, NV Cargo
February 27 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
March 1 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
March 2 Tucson, AZ The Rock
March 4 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
March 5 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
March 7 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 8 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
March 9 Greenville, SC The Firmament
March 10 Winston-Salem, NC The Ramkat
March 11 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

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