It's happening now.
When I first received this album, it was a burned cd, with "Children of the Vortex" scrawled in sharpie. I did not realize at the moment, exactly how life changing it would be. This album introduced me to an entire new realm of music deemed "local" by some, deemed ASS KICKING by me.
Released (or shall I say "unleashed") in 2004 I have been listening to this album for close to four years now, and it NEVER ceases to amaze me.
The Astronauts have a very distinct sound, one that could be picked out even if there were 10 bands playing at once, with a side of jackhammers and screaming children.
I want to use the words "raw" and "edgy" but that's too cliche to describe what I experience when imbibing in this album.
How about "face melting, ass gaping, disjointed groove thing" ?
Not only is it solid, with a flow that makes you want to spray confetti out of your nose, the lyrics make you think, sometimes about things you don't necessarily want to think about, but hell, that is the mark of soul stirring music. (and I loooove run on sentences)
I think you should know that NAA is the epitome of the "collective". Everyone in this band works together to make it the beautiful monster that it is. Captain Sociable ( Kasey.Lead guitarist and vocals) is a wind milling sonofabitch that impresses me each and every time he picks up a guitar. A true musician in the sense that he feels IT, and it is very obvious on this album, it reeks of emotion. I could only wish that every band would have a Captain Sociable.
On this album, the bass was played by Deej, a virtual bass genius, who is no longer with the band, but was replaced by Professor Silly (Derek) previously of Sacred Cattle. WHEN you see NAA live you will see what he has brought to the table. Quite fabulous. Another genius, and a one of a kind person.
On to the drum section. I can say with all honesty that Dr. Minotaur (Tony) is by far THE most talented drummer I have seen live (this includes all bands-local and fucking famous) I recall a show at the D-note in Arvada in which I dragged a total stranger into the venue, to stand by Tony while he was doing his thing, and it turned out to be a promoter. He was totally blown away. I find my self affixed on Tony at the live shows, because I sometimes wonder if he is really human.
Agent Daring (Aaron) Singer and guitarist, is rife with passion. I think he was a mexican jumping bean in his past life. He has a white light surrounding him, I swear......
One of the most dynamic musicians/persons I have ever encountered.
If you have a bad day, and pop this album in (or perhaps the new one "ASTRONAUTILUS" released 2007) you WILL feel it. It encroaches on your very core. Almost makes you feel like you are on drugs. Really really good drugs.
I cannot thank NAA enough for introducing me to something I am truly passionate about. Local music. NAA is is my numero ONE. ONE! I cant wait to see what they do next.
PS-When you listen to this, pay close attention to the lyrics.
My personal favorites-(I like the whole damn thing.....but yanno, I guess I must pick a few to tout.) Track 6 "Marvin"
Track 10- "Ferrets in the air conditioner"
Track 13- "Starhorse"
Westword: November 18, 2004
Given the difficulty of making disparate musical elements cohere, it's no wonder that most bands stick to a single style. Indeed, acts that can pull off the difficult mission of genre-blending are few and far between, which only makes New Ancient Astronauts' accomplishment that much more impressive. The various styles on Children of the Vortex, which is being launched with a CD-release party on Thursday, November 18, at the Bluebird Theater, have about as much in common as Dick Cheney and Howard Dean, yet they work together better than anyone has a right to expect.
The rock the Astronauts use as the foundation for their tunes comes in many different sizes, shapes and textures. Throughout "Marvin," for instance, bandmates Aaron Daring, Don White jr., Captain Sociable, and Dr. Minotaur juxtapose speedy metal riffs with a long middle section in which the guitars slow down to Tony Iommi tempo, whereas "Voyager I," which immediately follows, rides to the stratosphere on synthesizers and saxophones. "Recognizer," meanwhile, moves from hard rock to art rock to who-knows-what-kinda rock in three and a half thrilling minutes.
The Astronauts discover a universe of possibilities within the Vortex. It's a trip well worth taking.