Man or Astro-man - Defcon 5 4 3 2 1 12 inch
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Man Or Astro-Man is one of those bands that took too long of a hiatus. A sci-fi indie-surf cult favorite that hit the ground running in the ‘90s is not a likely contender for prolonged hibernation, but that’s what happened. After touring for 2000’s Spectrum of Infinite Scale, Man Or Astro-Man took a long vacation. Their next gig wasn’t until 2006 for a Touch and Go anniversary festival, and after that, a few performances at some high-profile festivals in 2010. Now it’s 2013 and the band are finally back in the saddle with Defcon 5…4…3…2…1. The experimental noises of Spectrum of Infinite Scale have been trimmed back considerably and the lean, mean crunch of 1999’s EEVIAC (Embedded Electronic Variably Integrated Astro Console) has become leaner and meaner. It’s a startlingly assured album from a band that has little to prove anymore. But if anyone was ever turned off by Man Or Astro-Man‘s obsession with and use of science fiction kitsch will be pleased to learn that Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 is a very musical album – all 35-plus minutes of it.