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Man or Astro-Man? have returned to earth for the human masses and after years of hibernation they are now unveiling their finest recorded work to date. It has been nearly 12 years since the band last released their intergalactic sonic wave forms, and the new album, Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, is here with a striking validity that the band is unquestionably as both tuneful and energetic as they ever have been. The record combines ever-familiar Astro audio tones and the well-established playing ferocity that MOAM? are known for, but yet now, there is an undeniable evolution to the band that is both intuitive, logical, and well crafted. Defcon is here and is here with imminent purpose.

Always known as an unstoppably powerful live band, in 2010, the original lineup of Birdstuff, Coco and Star Crunch reformed to play a series of shows, and since then, they have been putting on some of the best performances of their careers. Recorded with longtime Astro copilot, Steve Albini in Chicago, IL and also with Daniel Farris of Denial Labs in Birmingham, AL, the new album finds the band bringing their unique powerful style of Science Friction back to greater humanity in supreme form. It seems Man or Astro-Man? haven’t missed a beat, and the newly recorded material finds the band being as inventive and propulsive as ever. Put on your space helmet and strap in. The countdown begins now…


05/9 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
05/10 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
05/11 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
05/12 Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
05/13 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
05/14 Eugene, OR – Cozmic Pizza
05/15 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
05/16 Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo
05/17 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05/18 Seattle, WA – Neumos
06/13 St. Paul MN- Turf Club
06/14 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/15 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
06/17 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Place
06/18 Ithaca NY – The Haunt
06/19 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
06/20 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
06/21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
06/22 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
06/23 Washington, DC – Black Cat

Man Or Astro-man?
Defcon 5…4…3…2…1
(Communicating Vessels / Chunklet)
Street Date: May 21, 2013 

  1. Defcon 5
  2. Antimatter Man
  3. All Systems to Go
  4. Disintegrate
  5. Defcon 4
  6. Codebreaker Seventy Eight
  7. Communication Breakdown Pt. II
  8. Defcon 3
  9. Electric Arc
  10. Defcon 2
  11. New Cocoon
  12. Defcon 1


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