Astreal was formed in 1992 in Singapore with influence ranging from shoegaze/noise bands, ambient soundscapes to electronica and rock. The band were prolific in output from the start, and after releasing two self-recorded demos, Dive Gemma (1993) and Chlorine Explosion (1994), they went on to release a full-length album, 'Ouijabluch' under the illustrious Pony Canyon label which to this day, remains as one of the landmark local releases from that period. Astreal also appeared in the BigO Singles Club CD no.13, in 1996.
Following that is the No Excuse Compilation by Pony Canyon in 1997.
Astreal has played at some of these venues. In no particular order: the World Trade Center, the Substation, Zouk Club, Home Club, the Hard Rock Cafe Singapore, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Esplanade, Bar None, and the Singapore Youth Park. Astreal has played to overseas audiences in Thailand and Malaysia.
Some noteworthy appearances include Baybeats '03, '04 & '06, at the Esplanade, the latter which saw an attendance of close to 70,000 people.
The band also opened for Australian indie rock band, Screamfeeder and their own debut album Ouijablush was launched at Tower Record. A track from Ouijablush was also played on a television series, Spin. The song 'Stay Awake' was aired on the John Peel BBC radio show in 1996, receiving applauds, and closer to home Paul Zach described the debut album as "something that would ignite a bidding war between record labels". 'Stay Awake' was also aired on the local station FM98.7 the same year, receiving frequent rotation on the playlist.
The present line-up is Ginette Chittick on bass and vocals, Redzuan Hussin on drums and Muhammad Alkhatib and Nick Chan on guitars.
Astreal's sophomore effort, Fragments of the Same Dead Star, a collection of 14 songs which will be a spacey hybrid of indie/electronica that reflects the band's progression into darker, more incendiary grooves while still retaining all the grit they have come to be known for. Out on Wallwork Records/EMI and can be found in all good record stores.