Ad Astra per Aspera (band)

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Ad Astra Per Aspera
Origin Lawrence, Kansas
Genres Indie rock, noise rock, punk rock
Years active 2001 – Present
Labels Big Brown Shark, Sonic Unyon, Love Garden Records
Members Julie Lane
Brooke Hunt
Kurt Lane
Mike Tuley
Scott Edwards

Ad Astra Per Aspera is a Lawrence, Kansas-based indie rock and punk and tropical band formed in 2001 and currently releasing records through Sonic Unyon Records and Love Garden Records. Their experimental and eclectic noise rock sound has drawn comparisons to bands such as Sonic Youth and the Pixies.[1][2][3][4]


Ad Astra Per Aspera was born in Lawrence, Kansas in the fall of 2001. Their name comes from the State of Kansas motto which when translated from Latin means "To the Stars through Difficulties." The band consists of Mike Tuley (vocals/guitar), Kurt Lane (drums/percussion), Brooke Tuley (guitar/percussion), Julie Noyce (keyboards) and Scott Edwards (bass). Vocalist/guitarist Mike Tuley and guitarist Brooke Tuley were married in June 2010.[5]

Ad Astra began playing live in the fall of 2002 quickly becoming part of the Lawrence music scene. They released their debut EP "An Introduction To" in April 2003. The follow-up EP "Cubic Zirconia" was released on Big Brown Shark Records in May 2004.[6] After extensive touring the band signed to Sonic Unyon and was the subject of a two-part documentary on The Turnpike[7][8] as they toured in support of their October 2006 full-length album "Catapult Calypso."

In October 2008 the band relocated to Brooklyn.

Ad Astra has previously played with such bands as The Thermals, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Minus Story, and Ghosty. After playing the 2007 South by Southwest festival they went on a national tour. They have recently released a new 7" single on the Love Garden label and are preparing for another American tour.


Album Release date
An Introduction To 2003
Cubic Zirconia EP 2004
Catapult Calypso 2006



  1. ^ ""Subterraneanly to the Stars", The Daily Iowan" (English). Archived from the original on 9 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. ^ ""To The Stars: Ad Astra Per Aspera Will Make You Want to Dance Despite Difficulties", Kansas City Star". Archived from the original (English) on January 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  3. ^ ""An Introduction To"," (English). Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  4. ^ ""Cubic Zirconia EP", Aversion" (English). Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  5. ^ ""Trade Winds", The Pitch" (English). Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  6. ^ ""Ad Astra Per Aspera"," (English). Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  7. ^ ""Ad Astra Per Aspera at SXSW Part 1", The Turnpike" (English). Retrieved 2006-04-20. 
  8. ^ ""Ad Astra Per Aspera at SXSW Part 2", The Turnpike" (English). Retrieved 2006-04-27. 

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