Beginning as a three piece electro-instrumental act in 2002, Astronaut has evolved over the past 6 years into one of Perth’s premier disco rock acts, incorporating live instruments and astonishing vocals.
Astronaut’s energetic live shows and hook-laden songs resulted in the band winning the “Best Live Electronic Act” WAMI (WA Music Industry) Award in 2006.
Their debut single “Invisible Man” was released in 2006 and the band supported national touring acts such as sonicanimation, Endorphin, The Panda Band, The Avenues, The Dirty Secrets and many more.
In 2009, Astronaut consisted of founding member Rhys Watson (Dirtwater Bloom and B Movie Heroes), Lee Jones (The Sun Orchestra, Spencer Tracey, Ruby Boots and Eskimo Joe), Ben Chase (Leftwood, Smokin Motor, Core Element and Tribal Jury) and Nicholas Johnson (End of Fashion and Eskimo Joe)
The boys have forged a powerful combination spitting out electro, dirty disco and rock songs reminiscent of bands like Electric Six and The Killers.
Astronaut’s debut album This Is My Lazer Gun started initially as a bunch of recordings done by Lee and Rhys previous to 2006 that were bought to Ben Chase to further produce and mix. It was at that point that Ben was asked to join the band as keyboard player and they wrote 6 more tracks together, put a few in the archives and narrowed it down to a total of twelve tracks to go on the album.
Astronaut also enlisted the help of fellow WA musicians and songwriters including Jarrah McLeary (The Dirty Secrets), Shaun Sibbes (Sneaky Sound System), Malcolm Clark (The Sleepy Jackson), Mick Stevens and Rockit to bring their vivid, choral dreams to life on record and live.