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In the '90s, the booming underground college-radio scene that had started in the '80s continued to thrive. Many bands found niches in older genres that had once enjoyed a brief in-style moment in those heady days of the '50s and '60s. One case in point was the Auburn, Ala.–based Man or Astroman?, which took Dick Dale's early-'60s surf-rock instrumentals and added a new wave/punk edge, as well as outer-space kitsch. After some cult success in the '90s, the band went on hiatus in the '00s, only performing a few strategic shows to keep itself in the public eye. Since 2010, Man or Astroman? has stepped up its performances. In 2013, the band released the excellent Defcon 5…4…3…2…1—and has never sounded better. Recorded in Chicago (with longtime engineer Steve Albini) and in Birmingham, Ala. (with Daniel Farris), Defcon features everything fans could hope for. Space-age surf instrumentals have defiant growls and even a rare vocal move here and there ("Disintegrate," "Arc," "Cocoon"), solidifying the group's underrated chops and accessibility.

Customer Reviews

Waited for YEARS in TIME and SPACE

So, SO happy to hear this. Its fantastic. If you are a fan of MoA?? old and new you won't be disappointed.

Check, Check, Check

I'm looking forward to seeing MoA-M? this June in Boston.

Apparently, they picked up on American-English before returning to Earth because there is a higher percentage of tracks with vocals on this release than in past ones. Communication Breakdown Part II is a standout that is in heavy rotation in my earbuds.

Uhggggg...

First off I am a life long Man Or Astro-Man? fan. But, this is not good. This record has no soul whatsoever. They should have done what most artists at the top of their game do and quit while they're ahead.

Biography

Formed: 1992

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As part of the surf revival movement of the early '90s (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Laika & the Cosmonauts, the re-emergence of the great Dick Dale, etc.), Auburn's Man or Astro-man? specializes in a slightly different variation on the genre, self-described as space-age surf. Formed in 1992, the quartet originally consisted of members who went by such off the wall aliases as Birdstuff (drums), Star Crunch (guitar), Dr. Delecto & his Invisible Vaportron (bass), and Electronic Monkey Wizard (on...
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