Astro-Physics featuring Chichester’s Jonny Coote on keys and Haywards Heath’s Mike Hawkins on guitar release their new EP on the back of a big shift in the band.
As Jonny explains: “The band itself has been going for four or five years. It was about a year ago that we decided on a bit of a transition.
“We started out with drums, bass, guitar, sax and two rappers. It was more funk based and then about a year ago we decided to have a bit of a switch around. The sax player left; we got a female vocalist; and they got me in on keys. I used to do the occasional gig just to help out, but I was not a proper member of the band before.
“The style has gone quite different now. It is more commercial electro style.”
The new EP, It’s A Mindstate, comes out on March 12. It will be available on iTunes, HMV, Amazon, Spotify etc, and a limited run of CDs are being pressed.
Astro-Physics are a six-piece hip-hop collective, drawn together from a mutual love of “old skool hip-hop”. Formed in Brighton, the band combine influences of hip-hop artists such as N.E.R.D, The Roots and The Fugees and blend these with heavy riffs and synth lines more associated with rock and electronic dance bands such as Pendulum and early-era Prodigy.
They have shared the stage with bands including Pendulum, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk, Sway, The Correspondents, The Futureheads, Guru Josh Project, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Lazy Habits and Kidz in the Hall.
Dates coming up include JFB Live, The Blind Tiger. Brighton on Friday, March 16.
See also http://facebook.com/astrophysicsband and http://myspace.com/astrophysicsband.