Louisville, KY’s Wax Fang share much more of a connection with My Morning Jacket than a common hometown and a penchant for playing ambitious and electrifying music. Today the trio are releasing “The Astronaut (Part 1),” a sprawling seventeen minute digital-only single, on MMJ frontman Yim Yames’ label, Removador Recordings & Solutions. Click HERE to listen to the track, which is available for purchase now at iTunes.
Upon returning from their maiden UK tour, highlighted by an invitation from Pavement to play their All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, Wax Fang shacked up in a makeshift analog studio in a vacant gymnasium to work on their first new material since 2007’s La La Land. Epic in both length and in spirit, “The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the band’s most grandiose work yet.
Taking inspiration from the outer space themes of 70’s progressive rock and psychedelia, the song’s lyrics vividly guide the listener alongside a gripping journey with an astronaut lost in the cosmos. Musically, the band is also influenced by the traditions of noisy art-rock of the 80’s and 90’s, as well as the early electronic experimentations pioneered by artists like Brian Eno.
“The Astronaut (Part 1)” is the first half of the band’s forthcoming EP, The Astronaut. The second-half and the full EP will be released on Removador in 2011. In the meantime you can catch Wax Fang opening for My Morning Jacket on October 29th in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.