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Queer For Astroboy


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An alternative rock, post-punk power-pop band formed in upstate New York in 1995 by Brooklyn, NY refugees Charlie Sweeney and Christopher Hastings, Queer for Astroboy is rounded out by Albany natives and brothers Jamie and Arthur “Scott” Verner, on drums and bass respectively.

After the early departure of founding member Hastings, Q-FAB (the shortened moniker by which they became known after an early music press profile) found their stride as a trio, making an impression for live shows featuring three-part harmonies executed with laser precision over a clean-then-dirty guitar wash and a lock-step rythm section. Though the band drew A&R reps from Europe to California to sleepy upstate NY, little resulted for Q-FAB in the way of a deal despite the feeding frenzy that marked the 90s alt-rock craze.

The band’s recorded output is thin, with a single official release on ‘local’ indie label, Paint Chip Records; 1996’s “Disaffected,” currently available online and in specialty shops. The effort featured a few memorable songs, including the radio-friendly “Bloodly Kisses,” the alt-rock two-chord atmospheric “Adored,” and a solo track, “Beautiful,” featuring Sweeney accompanying himself on guitar in a heartbreak narrative with a soaring, goose-flesh raising finish.

Tracked in six days in a basement demo studio, “Disaffected” was produced by Paint Chip’s honcho, Dominick Campana (The Wait, Bloom, Lughead, Dryer), and co-engineered by the band’s bassist, “Scott” Verner.

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  • NYCGraves

    tell me about it... thanks for the shout

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    whats up with these lopsided charts! 6.000 listens to "track 5" in the past 6 months, then none in the past week? wtf. Anyway, solid show in larkfest

    20 Sep 2009 Reply