Having your entire new album deleted by a sound engineer prior to its release is enough to put anyone off making music. However, luckily Welsh collective Astroid Boys have used the experience to re-evaluate their approach and have come out a lot better for it…
Almost a year on from the undoubtedly distressing occurrence, the group are preparing to release their new single BADA$$, of which the video recently premiered on Wonderland, and sees them having honed their craft even further, mixing hip-hop, grime, dubstep and a sprinkling of hardcore punk, with enough D.I.Y to keep them edgy without losing their quality production value. The new visual combines the boys’ punk and skating sensibility with burlesque, clowns and fairgrounds, accompanying a track that seamlessly switches from mellow and introspective to hardcore and rowdy; a perfect introduction to help break in the mainstream audience before the Astroid Boys takeover.
Having built up a tight fanbase from their live shows, as well as showcasing their lifestyle of fashion, skating, raves and (of course) music via their very popular blog, the group consisting of MC’s Traxx and Benji, along with producer Dell Productions and DJ Comfort, have attracted the support of UK music heavy hitters across a diverse range of platforms including Radio 1′s Huw Stephens, 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth and Kerrang’s Alex Baker, meaning they are no strangers to radio coverage. And it’s the hype around their live shows that have kept them on the tips of tongues during their relatively quiet year as they prepare for a nationwide takeover, having extensively toured and performed with hip hop and hardcore acts alike culminating in a spot on the main stage at Relentless Freeze festival later this month (October 27th), which will place them alongside legendary acts like Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash.
This past year may well have been calm, but be prepared for the storm!
For more info on Astroid Boys please check out www.AstroidBoys.com
Words by Grant Brydon