Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock


Sounds like

Primitive Calculators, Tactics, Lakes, Dead Kennedys, Broadcast, Cocteau Twins, Talking Heads


band members

Kurt Eckardt


Influences

Pel Mel, Scattered Order, Sebadoh, Naked on the Vague, Nirvana, Lakes


Website

www.astralskulls.com

Bio

This Place is the brand new single from Melbourne's Astral Skulls. Weirdo Wasteland premiered the single and had some nice things to say:

"Long-time fans of Astral Skulls will already be intimately familiar with the isolationist and despondent aesthetics that Kurt Eckardt revels in. Sombre and surreal seem to be his middle names, but despite choosing to craft downcast future punk, his knack for weaving beauty throughout the clutter is near unparalleled. On his latest tracks ‘This Place’ and ‘Take It Away’ Astral Skulls once again pair paranoid sonics with a despondent bent, but as always, Kurt and Kalindy make it utterly listenable."

What We Lost - the first single off Astral Skulls‘ sophomore album - exposes the heavy influence of early 90s guitar bands on Astral Skulls’ signature blend of serrated guitar, synth hooks, catchy 909 beats and pure-pop sensibilities.

This Place shows the indisputable references to grunge, post-punk and no wave alongside expansive synth excursions and straight up pop.

For this new adventure, the cosmic stories heard on Astral Skulls‘ debut album Contact:Light are brought back down to Earth signalling a return to more literal reflections on issues that feel closer to home, but which are no less
affecting than those cold, dark, celestial metaphors previously explored.

More Astral Skulls’ music can be found at astralskulls.bandcamp.com, soundcloud.com/astralskulls, on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes,
Google Play, and anywhere else that you listen to music.

For more info, to arrange an interview or for more downloads of Astral Skulls’ tracks - including singles, remixes and debut album Contact:Light - please contact Kurt via contact@astralskulls.com or on +61 423 382 203.

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“I think it’s a really cool record” - Henry Rollins on KCRW

“As far as coming forth with something intelligent and engaging, Contact:Light is a definite success.” - Weirdo Wasteland

“Eckardt eyes the planets from suburbia but Contact:Light is far from some starry-eyed dream-pop excursion.” - 2ser

“Contact:Light is a great album for the dark-minded, or just the dark times, but don’t be expecting any respite from the aural assault.” - 4ZZZ

"The entire project pushes conceptual boundaries, making for one of the most creative releases all year." - The Music

"It takes the ennui of Australian suburbia and launches it into the cold vacuum of space." - Thump/Vice

"This is good - and you feel that Astral Skulls is only getting better." - Sonic Masala

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

09 Apr 2018

Triple J
35

This is crusty and sticky like when you've been walking around with gum on your shoe all day, collecting debris on your sole. So yeah, exactly how I like my synth wave punk.

This is crusty and sticky like when you've been walking around with gum on your shoe all day, collecting debris on your sole. So yeah, exactly how I like my synth wave punk.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

11 May 2017

Triple J
40

Once again Jack's making the dystopian future (present?) sound really cool.

Once again Jack's making the dystopian future (present?) sound really cool.