The Friction Live In Studio

Andy Davis at Submodern Audio has a radio show which harkens back to John Peel’s BBC series. He has bands come in and record live in the studio on his glorious analog equipment. We set up a camera so you could watch!

June Providence Monthly
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Thanks to Providence Monthly and Adam Hogue for this great piece:

“It is this movement towards the honest, vulnerable, and connected that 123 Astronaut continues to find refreshing in the seemingly un-freshness of the bass-drums-guitar setup. Like a good game of chess, the basic rock and roll setup offers endless variation, even when it may seem that it’s all been done before.“

Read the rest of the article here.

Great review in Motif Magazine

Thanks to Jake Bissaro at Motif Magazine for this glowing review of our new record:

The Friction is the auspicious debut EP by 123 Astronaut. Some may know frontman Jeff Robbins from the well-regarded Boston band Orbit, active from the mid ‘90s to the early ‘00s. This stuff hits like a breath of fresh air, a kind of beefy power pop that’s like a mix of Matthew Sweet and the Smashing Pumpkins.

According to the band’s website, these tunes were written in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election as an attempt to make sense of it all in a positive way. I was skeptical. I’m generally not a fan of vaguely political, uplifting lyrics like “We are surrounded by the stars,” or “I am invincible.” But musical conditions on this planet are so good that even a crusty cynic like myself has to give mad props.

The Friction capably makes the case there really need be no more than 3 chords, and is boosted by great musical performances all round around, featuring Keith John Benjamin on bass and Eric Hastings on drums. The title track is a fuzzy, up-tempo rocker, and “Cheyenne” goes balls-to-the-wall. The horn section kicking in on an epic bridge on “Stars” is something I could listen to endlessly, and the more subdued “Weightless” is captivating in its own way.

This EP is highly recommended, and is hopefully just the first from these guys. Seriously, some of these tunes are so catchy, you may find yourself neglecting work duties to get a few extra listens in.


Today is my birthday! Let's celebrate with another 123 Astronaut song. This one is called "Stars." You can find the song on SoundCloud, but I've been making minimalist videos to go along with the new songs. Here's one that I put together with time lapse photos from the International Space Station. Thanks NASA! We think you're great!

This song features horns from our friends Jim Whaley, Patrick Pine, Bodie Pfost, and Matt West of Extraordinary Rendition Band

Music… in a video…

Sharing SoundCloud clips on social media isn't really cutting it. You've got to click and link and click again, ending up in 2 or 3 websites or apps. But we can put videos everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, YouTube. And… if my memory of the 80's is correct, you can put music into videos! So here's a little something that I put together in my backyard during winter storm Grayson, here in Rhode Island. Find it in our Twitter and/or Facebook and share it with your people. -Jeff