Saturday, 3 August 2013

Introducing: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

It's about time for an actual blog post. I had a bit of a writer's block regarding this - all the pressure! - so I decided to use a relatively easy theme as an inspiration: my own life. I'm moving to Denmark in less than a month so writing about something Denmark-related feels fitting. What does the country have to offer, then? 

Considering this is a music blog I'll skip all the smørrebrøds and H.C. Andersen fairy tales and concentrate on what I know best - the music. Denmark has a vibrant indie/pop/rock scene, and has spawned the likes of Mew, Alphabeat, Volbeat (what is it about the word 'beat'?), The Raveonettes and, um, Aqua. Yes, the "Barbie Girl" hitmakers. Another Danish band worth mentioning is The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, an indie pop group formed in Copenhagen.

Formed in 2007 as a duo consisting of singer Mette Lindberg and producer Lars Iversen, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Scandinavian indie scene. The lengthy-named band combines 60s pop with a modern approach, creating wonderful, summery pop in the process. Though their first album Fruit was released in 2009, they had earned international media exposure beforehand with some of their songs being featured in several TV series, including Gossip Girl and Mad Men, but most importantly, in an Apple iPod Touch commercial, which catapulted them into a global spotlight. The song, "Around the Bend", became their greatest hit to date. In 2011 they were also featured in a Heineken advert with the song "The Golden Age". Out of Frequency, the follow-up to their 2009's debut album saw the light of day in early 2012, preceded by the lead single "Major".

Their signature psychedelic pop sound has conquered many hearts around the world, even earning the band an opening slot for both Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry, while Mette made an appearance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a British music-themed panel show. According to their Facebook page the band is currently touring Europe, so if you get a chance to see them live, do not miss it. I might also review their albums individually but you'll have to wait for that. While you're waiting, you might as well get acquainted with their music on your own - such funky pop-soul will make the perfect soundtrack to the rest of your summer! And what would be a better way to do that than a custom-made Spotify playlist, only for you my friend!

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