by Andrew Sacher

Two Inch Astronaut live in 2011 (photo by Ann Amrine)
Two Inch Astronaut

Maryland rockers Two Inch Astronaut are set to release their debut full length, Bad Brother, on June 18 via Exploding In Sound Records, the label that gave us Speedy Ortiz (before they signed to Carpark), Pile, and more. And if you liked those bands, Two Inch Astronaut will be right up your alley as well. On the album's two singles, "Swol" and "Blood From a Loyal Hound," Two Inch Astronaut embrace similar stop-start dynamics to '90s post-hardcore wizards Shudder to Think, but they also have a knack for bashing out crunchy power pop melodies. "Blood From a Loyal Hound" is downloadable above, "Swol" is downloadable at bandcamp, and both tracks can be streamed below, along with the album art and tracklist.

Two Inch Astronaut are playing some shows this month and next ahead of the album's release date, including the previously announced Exploding In Sound showcase in Brooklyn during Northside (it's an unofficial show though) on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Grass Is Green, Fat History Month, and just about the rest of the Exploding In Sound roster.

Speedy Ortiz play a bunch of other shows too.

All dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...


Two Inch Astronaut - "Blood From A Loyal Hound"

Two Inch Astronaut - "Swol"

Two Inch Astronaut - Bad Brother
Bad Brother

Bad Brother Tracklist:
1. Swol
2. Spank Jail
3. Begin Probe
4. Blood From A Loyal Hound
5. Little Short Guy
6. Check the Yard
7. Zones
8. Sternum
9. He Was Our Boy

Two Inch Astronaut -- 2013 Tour Dates
5/11 - Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
6/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
6/12 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
6/13 - New Haven, CT @ Fort Flesh
6/15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Big Snow (Exploding In Sound Records showcase)*
* - w/ Speedy Ortiz, Ovlov, Pile, Grass is Green, Fat History Month, Hive Bent, Porches.

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