Man Or Astro-Man?

Saturn Presents: Parachute Punk Show

Man Or Astro-Man?

Tar, Arcwelder

Sat. December 1, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Saturn

$12.00

This event is 18 and over

Man Or Astro-Man?
Man Or Astro-Man?
Some years ago, a young collective of extraterrestrials arrived on this planet and happened upon a small college town in Alabama. Home to both otherworldly jazz guru Sun Ra and rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, it is clear that Alabama is a direct linkage to outer space. In order to integrate into human society, these aliens would disguise themselves as a rock band, the perfect vehicle in which to traverse the globe and further their research. They would soon be known to the people of Earth as Man or Astro-Man?.
Unearthing thrift store records by the likes of Link Wray, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, The Marketts & The Safaris – Man or Astro-Man? began to formulate their own blend of the retro-futuristic inspired by their offbeat musical discoveries. Innovative stage sets and designs by Kraftwerk, The Spotniks, The Residents, Devo, Sun Ra, and The B-52s also had an impact on the emerging ensemble.
Man or Astro-Man? began playing countless shows in the Southeast with bands like Southern Culture on the Skids, The Woggles, Hillbilly Frankenstein, The Subsonics, and The Flat Duo Jets. The group soon caught the attention of Estrus Records' owner Dave Crider who released their full-length debut, Is it...Man or Astro-Man? (1993). The label's design aesthetic revolved around the other-wordly concepts of designer Art Chantry whose works melded perfectly with the Astro-minds. Destroy All Astro-Men (1994), Project Infinity (1995), and several EP's were also released by Estrus.
Touch and Go Records released all later Astro-transmissions. Experiment Zero (1996) was recorded in three days with engineer Steve Albini at Zero Return Studios in Alabama. Now drawing influences from the future (as well as the past), the band began to extend their use of samples, computer programming, homemade instruments, electronic gadgetry, tape splicing, and other bits of Earth technology. Both the 1000X EP (1997) and Made From Technetium (1997) were darker steps into the futuristic soundtrack realm.
Now, Man or Astro-man? have returned to Earth and unveiled their finest recorded work to date. Defcon 5...4...3...2...1 is here now with a striking validity that the band is unquestionably as both tuneful and energetic as they ever have been. The record combines ever-familiar Astro audio tones and the well-established playing ferocity that the band is known for, but yet now, there is an undeniably evolution to the band that is both intuitive, logical and well crafted. Man or Astro-man? has arrived in the present (and future, of course) with imminent purpose. And of course, they still bring an over-the-top, sensory overloaded show, which has always gained them a reputation for always being an undisputedly amazing band to see live.
Tar
Tar
The rock band Tar was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. During their “active” period (1988-1995), they toured the United States and Europe extensively, and released 4 albums, 2 EPs a John Peel session, and a handful of singles, mostly for the Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go record labels. The Tar spin on this sort of late 80s, early 90s American post punk rock has to do with constructing swollen soundscapes, finding the notes between the notes, creating tension and occasionally providing release, delivering desperate, yet not humorless one-liners and holding it together with a locked in, off-center rhythmic duct tape. Oh, and the custom aluminum guitar and bass…people seem to talk about those things a lot, I guess. They may have been a decade or two ahead of the curve there.

In 1995, After 7 years of furious activity, they decided to issue one last album, and move on.

In 2012, Tar re-formed to play a couple of shows in Chicago. Then last summer, they got together for a couple more shows. This year, the band will be playing in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia at the H2O50 festivities, and are joining old friends, label mates and touring buddies Arcwelder and Man or Astroman in a heroic attempt to blow the roof off of Birdstuff’s roost, Saturn in Birmingham, Alabama.
Arcwelder
Arcwelder
Arcwelder are a Minneapolis trio who began under the moniker Tilt-a-Whirl in 1987. They were forced to change it, however, as they were sued by the manufacturer of the Tilt-a-Whirl carnival ride in 1990.
Drummer/singer Scott MacDonald was a veteran of the Minneapolis scene serving time in numerous bands including Red Letter Day and Velvet Elvis before hooking up with bassist/guitarist Rob Graber to form Arcwelder. Rob enlisted the services of his brother Bill Graber who promptly took up bass, guitar, and occasional singing. The Graber brothers switched between bass and guitar and Scott and Bill traded off vocal duties.
Venue Information:
Saturn
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222
http://www.saturnbirmingham.com/