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Ashtar Command

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Los Angeles, United States

Ashtar Command is the name of an indie music band currently comprising Brian Liesegang and Chris Holmes (the latter not to be confused with the former guitar player for the metal band W.A.S.P.). The band has released one album: “Love Songs In Advance of the Landing” and one EP: “Holding Out For Love”. In addition, songs from the band have featured in a number of feature films, television series, television commercials, and video games, including the O.C. television series, and most recently on Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack and in the video game end credits sequence.

Sci-fi fans may recall the concept of “Ashtar Command” that emerged in the 1950’s – an intergalactic U.N. with the mission of assisting the human race in a time of crisis. Think evolution by enlightenment, which makes the name a fitting metaphor for the band and what they’re trying to accomplish.

American Sunshine, Ashtar Command’s debut album, evolved organically, a labor of love from veteran musicians Chris Holmes and Brian Liesegang, American Sunshine is an expansive and coherent album that defies being reduced to a single genre. Nick Drake could come to mind, as well as the Chemical Brothers. Spiritualized could be seen in there as well as The Beach Boys. There are songs of exquisite beauty and ones that unabashedly rock.

The project features a remarkable group of guest artists. Working in identical studios in Los Angeles and Chicago respectively, the duo sent songs back and forth thereby growing fleeting ideas into full-fledged songs. The group enlisted musicians that seemed to suit the individual songs – people they had worked with or been friends with for years.

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