Meet The Asteroid Shop; the brainchild of Eric Brendo. Brendo is known
in music circles as the co-founder of Downtown, produced in London by
Flood and Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Killers, U2, Smashing
Pumpkins). More recently, he received rave reviews for his 2010 7″
release, Over The Dunes and Into The Cave. The Asteroid Shop’s
self-titled debut was recorded in Austin, TX @ Cacophony Recorders
with acclaimed Producer/Engineer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Grupo
Fantasma, Explosions in the Sky). Brendo, as principle songwriter, is
joined by an explosively talented lineup of Austin-based musicians in
Michael Kester (keys) , Todd Pruner (guitar), Jonathan Konya (drums)
and Mick Southerland(bass).
Brendo takes The Asteroid Shop into a world full of elegance & pain,
of ease and tension all at once. This is especially evident on
spotlight tracks like “Dandelion,” “Destroyer” and “Ashes.” The band
skims through the same vast sea as contemporaries Richard Hawley,
Spiritualized and Richard Ashcroft and channeling, at once, the likes
of Mazzy Star, early Pink Floyd, The Secret Machines & My Bloody
Valentine. The Asteroid Shop is a rare treat for folks who still look
for craft in their songs.
Following the self-titled debut the band did several U.S. tour dates
and received respectable radio play as well as reviews in The Big
Takeover, Pop Matters, All Music, and more.
For 2012, the band has teamed up again with Erik Wofford in Austin, TX
as well as Carley Wolf and Jonathan Konya (The Ghost Wolves) and
backing vocalist Olivia Vale to create the new EP 'Distant Luxury'.
The band recently played CMJ Festival 2012 in NYC after releasing its 2nd offering , 'Distant Luxury' EP via Spectroscopic Records
The Asteroid Shop will be hitting the road again in April 2013.