Originally an experimental recording side project by drummer J.C. Denison (Lucky Pineapple, Invaders, Cheyenne Mize) Another7Astronauts quickly expanded into a large ensemble when opportunities for shows began to present themselves. Folks from some of Louisville’s favorite underground bands (Invaders, OK Deejays, 23-String Band and OK Kino, to name a few) converged on the rooftop of GlassWorks, a 9-story glass-blowing studio and art gallery, in September of 2010, to perform as Another7Astronauts, finally giving life to early A7A sketches. For the show, trombonist Dan Moore was recruited to help arrange and flesh out the tunes, and he and Denison have continued to work together as a writing team, along with lyricist/vocalist Dane Waters (Softcheque).
The entire 15-plus piece ensemble recorded a full-length album with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, California Guitar Trio, Seluah) in December of ’10; The Golden Autumn and the Afternoon is the result of this recording session that spanned three days and three floors of a funeral home. Capturing the same energy presented on that first rooftop show, it is an album of playful minimalism woven with childlike melodies, Indian ragas coated with simple philosophical mantras, all presented on instruments including toy pianos, steel drum, vibes, horns, violins, cello, voice, guitar and much more.
A7A as an ensemble continues to play out with a constantly evolving sound and rotating lineup. Writing and performing songs for a new album has commenced as well as production on several large-scale pieces to be performed in the near future.
The Golden Autumn And The Afternoon is available now on iTunes.