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ASTRID are a Scottish guitar pop band formed by songwriters and childhood friends, Willie Campbell & Charlie Clark.
Relocating from the Scottish Hebrides to the mainland, they quickly became a prominent fixture of the Glasgow indie scene in the 1990s, playing shows with peers like Belle & Sebastian and Edwyn Collins, who would go on to produce Astrids debut album, Strange Weather Lately. Selling over 10,000 copies in 1999, the record cemented the bands indie status with a dedicatedly cult fanbase and earning support from the likes of John Peel, Steve Lamacq and Mark and Lard in the process. Striking up a friendship with Snow Patrol while supporting the band on tour, in 2001 frontman Gary Lighbody extended an invitation for Astrid to join his Scottish indie supergroup, The Reindeer Section; with other participants including members of Arab Strap, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines and Idlewild. Astrid released nine singles, three albums and three EPs before disbanding in 2004.
Reformed and refreshed, some 15 years later the band released their fourth LP together: Fall, Stand, Dance via AED records; a record that would see Astrid reunite with their original producer Edwyn Collins for the first time in over 20 years. With just an acoustic EP (2020s The Storm Sessions) to bridge the gap, Astrid will return in 2022 with their first official studio output since: "Through The Darkness Of Your Life". Of recording their latest track Willie Campbell enthuses:
"Through the Darkness of Your Life" was a really fun and easy recording process. We had a great time and you can hear it, we were excited by what we were doing. In a way this is the sound that weve always wanted for the band... We are really excited by the end result."
A swirling cyclone of cloud-busting psychedelic pop, the Glasgow-formed, Isle of Lewis-based band tap into the far-out adventures of The Byrds or The Pretty Things in their mesmeric comeback cut.
Accompanying mystical musicality with lyrics dabbling with the occult, "Through The Darkness Of Your Life" finds frontman Charlie Clark reflecting on this mortal coil and the supernatural too. Speaking about the new single (which is also released on his No Big Deal label), Clark says:
""Through The Darkness Of Your Life" in some ways about getting older and using past experiences and knowledge gained to really start applying it to your life. During the pandemic I revisited a lot of Occult literature, power of positive thinking type books and lots of lectures by the likes of Alan Watts, Ram Das and Bob Proctor that I was interested in as a teenager. One book in particular, The Kybalion, which is a really small book but filled with all these amazing ideas and principles."
With its vortex vocal harmonies, loping basslines and spiralling guitar-arpeggios, "Through The Darkness Of Your Life" sees Astrid return in trippy, technicolour form. Alongside founding members Charlie Clark and William Campbell, the single was written in collaboration with Paul Quinn (Teenage Fanclub/Soup Dragons) on drums and James "Cliffy" Clifford (Cosmic Rough Riders) on bass, the latter of whom is now a full time member of Astrid. The single was recorded and produced by No Big Deal Music house producer Jason Shaw (Cambodian Space Project).
Arriving with an official video that finds the band returning to their roots, the accompanying visuals for "Through The Darkness Of Your Life" were filmed at Glasgows Dystopia Studios in the West End and on the Isle of Stornoway - watch here. The band have also created a whirlwind potted history of their journey to date, tune in here.
"Through The Darkness Of Your Life" will be streaming on all services from 21st January, with a limited run of 300 7-inch vinyl records available exclusively through mail order or at Astrids upcoming UK tour dates. The vinyl will also feature the B-side: "Opposites Meet", a live fan-favourite that was originally written by William Campbell back in 1999 during the recording sessions for their debut album, but has remained unfinished and unreleased until now.
In tandem with the new release, Astrid are very pleased to announce their return to the live stage, plotting a string of shows around Scotland. Tickets for Astrids January / February tour are now on sale. Support at all dates comes from special guest: Ewan MacFarlane.
ASTRID - 2022 UK TOUR DATES
February 8th The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
February 11th ,The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
February 12th Tolbooth, Stirling
February 13th Eden Court, Inverness
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