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* Local News: Baby Astrolab to Record with Polydor
Posted Nov 10, 2005 - 09:45 PM
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Local News It has been an amazing year for Baby Astrolab...

They have broken the Cornish cliché of metal/screamo emo bands, and yet their music refuses to be pigeonholed. The band's individual musical influences and talents remain undiluted, each member bringing unique musical flair to the mix, and this cornucopia of diversity coupled with an open minded approach to their music is what sets them apart from other bands on the circuit.

Their talents caught the judges eyes at a showcase competition held at the Keay Theatre, St Austell in June this year, Baby Astrolab sweeping aside their competitors to snatch the golden opportunity of a recording session with Polydor Records in November, followed by a live show for their A&R department.

Far from hanging on to this in lethargic complacency, the band have continued their relentless working schedule, and upheld their reputation as surely the most hardworking Cornish band, promoting their first EP, Edible Dolls, released in May to a flurry of fantastic reviews. Lee Trewhella from the West Briton describing their debut release as “stupendous, Baby Astrolab have a very promising future” with Broken Radio, the Eps closing track being “the real winner, another pensive, intelligent post-hardcore blast, an apocalyptic love song for the dispossessed”

The band has so far this year performed a startling 37 gigs, touring the South West, and escaping the cloistered Cornwall scene to venture into the Midlands, performing a series of gigs in Birmingham, Redditich and Swindon in September. Jon Winter, Baby Astrolab’s bassist commented that the gigs they had undertaken this year had “raised the bands profile and improved our performance dynamic. Touring outside of Cornwall allowed us to break from the confines of the local pub circuit, so we can better gauge national talent and direction.”

Andy Cunningham added “There is a lot more professionalism within the band since the release of Edible Dolls, we have moved from being just another Cornish band, to being a ‘Cornish band with promise’”.

Baby Astrolab are currently in the Milking Parlour Studios putting the finishing touches to their second release “13 Notes”. Front man Ben Harris sees it as “a natural progression for the band, we are able to achieve what we visualised as our music, we sound more like us, less like other bands.” Drummer Laura Shepherd agrees that recording Edible Dolls had given the band “the experience we needed to specify exactly what we wanted the new tracks to sound like.” Jon adds, “We have become more experimental as our confidence has grown, more innovative, our live songs are used as a blank canvas to evolve in the studio.”

With a huge local showcase gig at the Keay Theatre, St Austell on February 25th , the release of “13 Notes”, their recording with Polydor and the potential goldmine of an A&R showcase, be prepared to hear a lot more about Baby Astrolab in the future!

Catch them live at The Vic Bars, Newquay on Saturday 19th November.

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