Astral (band)

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OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
Years active1999–present
MembersDave Han
Past membersJohn Robles Scott Christy

Astral is a shoegaze group based in San Francisco, California, United States. Astral was formed by singer-guitarist Dave Han and drummer Shawn in 1999; bassist Amy Rosenoff joined them in 2001. Their vocals are frequently compared to those of The Cure; other influences include My Bloody Valentine and Joy Division.[1] Their music is of an ethereal, melodic nature; this ambient sound is created largely by heavy use of distortion and feedback effects in Han's guitar. Astral are also notable for incorporating improvisation into their live performances.[2] In 2002, Astral released a self-produced EP, "Only Sometimes". In 2003, Astral released an LP, entitled "Orchids". Two songs from that album, "Raining Down" and the title-track instrumental, were preloaded in the Rio Carbon MP3 Players. In 2008 the band released their second album Sleepwalker.

Current lineup[edit]

  • Dave Han – Vocals, Guitars
  • Gary Hews – Bass
  • Mark Shriver – Drums

Original lineup[edit]

  • Dave Han – Vocals, Guitars
  • Shawn Nakano – Drums, Percussion
  • Amy Rosenoff – Bass



  1. ^ Matthew Pollesel (2004). "Astral Orchids". Archived from the original on October 6, 2006. Retrieved November 12, 2006.
  2. ^ "Only Sometimes". Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  3. ^ "CD Baby Music Store". Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Prick Magazine – Music". Archived from the original on May 12, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "astral | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". April 26, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2020.

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