Astronauts, Etc.

Before I wrote my Best of 2012 list, Berkeley’s Anthony Ferraro told me his solo project, Astronauts, etc. was on a temporary hiatus. Luckily for us, the hiatus didn’t last long. Ferraro released a handful of tracks over the past month, including covers of Youth Lagoon and KING on his SoundCloud page. His most recent single, “Sideswiped”, came along with yet another outstanding space themed video from Ben Smith, who also created all three previous Astronauts, etc. videos. Ferraro’s strength as a composer really shines through on the “Sideswiped” – an instrumental version of the track could easily stand out on its own.

Ferraro will also play a couple of Astronauts, etc. shows in March with members of Ash Reiter and Bells Atlas forming his backing band. He’ll be at Bottom of the Hill on March 16, followed by an opening slot for Poolside at the Independent.

Watch the video for “Sideswiped” and stream/download audio of the track via SoundCloud, below, and then check out video of an incredible live version of “Swideswiped” where Ferraro plays piano, sings, and plays the drum track on a second keyboard.

Big Tree, Astronauts, etc., Dear Indugu
Bottom of the Hill
March 16, 2013
9:30pm, $10

Poolside, Astronauts, etc.
The Independent
March 27, 2013
9pm, $15