September 10, 2009

Countdown to LarkFEST

The countdown continues and today we are spotlighting Queer for Astroboy.

An alternative rock, post-punk power-pop band formed in upstate New York 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 rhythm section.

Employing alternate guitar tunings, shifty rhythms and unique song structures, Q-FAB’s music is both abrasive and melodic– with unsettling lyrical content that never stoops to cliché.

The critically-acclaimed debut album, “Disaffected,” on Albany’s Paint Chip Records, is currently available online and in specialty shops. The effort features a more than 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. A new, full-length album is recorded and ready for release.

Q-FAB is Albany, NY’s premier alternate rock band.

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