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Asteroid B-612 is the home of the Little Prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s children’s story The Little Prince. No less than two bands have borrowed the name:

1. Punk, Sydney.
Formed in 1992 in Sydney and quickly became mainstays of the then-burgeoning Melbourne punk scene, sharing a sweaty Detroity rock aesthetic, as well as gigs, with bands like Hoss, Bored!, The Powder Monkeys and Seminal Rats. Have sporadically recorded and toured to a devoted fanbase ever since.

2. Indie, San Francisco.
Fronted by the somewhat legendary Ryan Harper, Asteroid B-612 provides what has been described as “indie-shoegaze” to the very appreciative Lamorinda indie scene. With indie filmmaker Ross Meckfessel on drums and abstract artist Gaelan Baird on bass, this three-piece outfit draws influence from Yann Tiersen and Yo La Tengo to create a style that transcends genre.

While the majority of the talent clearly lies in Meckfessel and Baird, Harper is all too often credited as the only essential member of the band. After hearing repeated praises of his supposed genius, Harper has cut a solo album and played a few shows on his own.

Asteroid’s The Piano EP clocks in at just over half an hour and features the talents of fellow Orinda musician Jordan Pecherer, aka JPech, on saxophone. The album meanders through various moods, kicking off with the instrumental “C’mon While We’re Still Legal” then switching into full “Conor-Oberst-thinks-he’s-Bob-Dylan” mode on “I Swear I’ll Pull Through This Time.

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  • gianvitoc

    Grande emozione. Davvero belli.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • fightthepower

    lol at День сомнения in the top tracks

    28 Aug 2007 Reply
  • crankinhaus

    The Asteroid B-612 from SF? Never even heard of 'em ...

    17 Feb 2007 Reply
  • goSSo

    I know one ASteroidb-612 band from St. Petersburg. They're russian.

    2 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Lainagier

    Refreshingly insular attitude there, Jordan.

    28 Aug 2006 Reply
  • Jpech

    Nobody cares about the sydney band. They only care about Harper and the REAL asteroid B-612

    20 Jun 2006 Reply

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