~Pink Floydesque sounds drifting through the atmosphere, blending their sound waves with Porcupine Tree, Metric, My Morning Jacket and Kate Bush, twirling the sound around Phish and early 70s Zeppelin, then hurtling the melded sonic vibration through a black hole at the speed of light until it returns as a unique and utterly heartfelt explosion of progressive, epic art rock.~
The mysterious and eccentric Spaceport Union will whisk you away on a compelling cosmic voyage with their eclectic amalgamation of progressive art rock. Let yourself defy gravity as you are drawn into celestial planes diffused with experimental instrumentation and novel sound ideas, very much in the trail of past greats such as the Alan Parsons Project, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and in amongst modern peers like My Morning Jacket, Explosions in the Sky, Porcupine Tree and Radiohead.
Spaceport Union is thrilled to announce the release of their debut full-length album, 'Flirting with the Queen'. This album has been a labour of love for the band and it shows - with a lush sound reminiscent of Radiohead's, OK Computer and Pink Floyd's, Dark Side of the Moon, and a collection of songs that are epic in both sound and scope. Heavily influenced by classic progressive and art rock bands like Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, King Crimson, Soft Machine and The Alan Parsons Project, the band have created an homage to their love of creative, well-crafted music with an avant-garde edge.
The eclectic mix of songs on the album come together in a provocative, cohesive and well thought-out record. The album starts with instantly riveting and poignant vocals, slowing rising up into beautiful 'Beach Boy-like' harmonies in 'Simple Lack of Motivation', a song about someone struggling to come to terms with feelings of inadequacy. The album then delves further into its rock and roll core with the funk flavoured prog of 'The Writing's on the Wall', a song about inevitable endings we wish we could change. Then in fearless fashion, the album takes the listener deeper into musical madness as provocateurs of avant-garde rock with an epic track like the 14 minute-long, 'Minnow' and the edgy, rock insanity of 'Yer Battery's Dyin''. The album flows through to more emotional shimmering pop/groove pieces like 'Fueled by Consequence' and 'You'. With the nine songs on this album, the band has fearlessly crafted their contribution to "album rock" with what is a glorious canvas of artistic honesty, painted in rich drums, warm bass, tasteful guitar solos, intricate rhythms and powerful and emotionally wraught vocals. “The new album really captures the creative expansiveness and the unique sound of the band,” says band leader, Adam Basterfield, ”we gave ourselves permission to be vulnerable, supporting each other’s creative expression 100 per cent, and we’re very proud of the result.”
'Flirting with the Queen' was produced by Michael Jack, one of Canada's top audio engineers. The band raised money for their album with a lot of hard work and a successful fundraising campaign, then toured their way out to Toronto to record the album with Michael at Phase One Studios. In between tracking for Spaceport Union, Michael was busy working on a few new tracks for The Trews as well as an album for the award-winning folk duo, Dala. Michael has worked with a diverse base of artists and producers (such as Rush, Bono, Jann Arden, and many more) and his experience shows with the definitive and lush sound he has built for Spaceport Union, showcasing a singular band that is only just beginning what will surely be a long and successful career.
Ride with Spaceport Union to stellar heights and be transported by the sheer energy of the timeless, aural tapestry of their creations. Be ready to be transported and transfixed by the transcendent vibes of... Spaceport Union.
On the debut album, "Flirting with the Queen":
"...each song carries its own musical flavor, and they all taste delightful...each song is top notch...the overall feel of the album as a whole comes off as complete and substantial...truly some great music here." - M. Gagne (Freelance Reviewer/Allmusic)
"I was given the great honor to interview the members of Spaceport Union and treated to that rare glimpse inside a creative band destined for greatness... With bands like Metric, City and Colour, Stars, Mother Mother, Joel Plaskett, The New Pornographers, it seems that in Canada, a certain ‘niche’ group of artists continue to pursue the musical dream and while doing so are producing some of the best songs we have ever heard. Spaceport Union is one of those bands...” - King Minion Music Podcast