Once upon a time there was a band called Atomic Bride, about whom I once wrote that they sounded like, “Grimy psychedelic pop shoved kicking and squealing through a garage rock blender.” Said band liked that quote and used it as their band description on their Facebook page, then said band promptly split.
Rejoice however, as singer Astra Elane is back, with the boldly named The Gods Themselves and the self proclamatory, not lacking in confidence, exercise in self esteem building 1st single, I Am The President.
While there’s less psych, there a great deal more filth and gutter induced groove, that make The Gods Themselves an easy listening, attractive proposition, to these crust engrained ears anyway.
… and talking of filthy groovers, the very lovely Astra Elane, lead hollerer of TGodsT, took the time to go through our 1 Minute With … assessment. Take care dear readers, it’s a harrowing journey
1. Who are you, and what are you pushing?
I am Astra, daughter of Joe and Deanne. My band, The Gods Themselves is what I bring to the table
2. Do you believe in ghosts? Tell us why?
Yes! I had an encounter with one when I was 9 years old. It was terrifying, but also enlightening. The ghost was not malicious, but it was still a frightening experience that turned me on to the significance of spirituality at a young age.
3. What is your favourite Bon Jovi song and why?
I lived in NJ so I think I’m exempt from this question?
4. What celebrity deserves a good slap with a wet fish? What have they ever done to you?
Amphibi-Anne Hathaway. She has burned mine eyes with her obscenely large facial features!
5. If you weren’t in music what would be your dream job?
Service person for a handicapped dog.
6.How long do you spend in the shower? Describe your process?
I shower once a week and it takes me an hour and a half. It’s the goddamn hair that takes up all my time. Shampoo, rinse, repeat. Oil treatment, deep conditioning, detangling. I have my mother to thank for that.
7. What’s your favourite song? And what’s your guilty pop pleasure?
Geez Louise. Favorite song for the moment is: “Beyond the Clouds” by The Poppy Family
Guilty pleasure: Anything from the early 90’s magnificent new jack swing era: Bel Biv Devoe, Tony Toni Tone, Color Me Badd Al B. Sure, etc.
8. Name 3 things you can do with a brick
Knock the big bad wolf over the head
9. If you were a fruit which one would you be and why?
A banana because I love all things banana flavoured!
10. What’s your favourite colour, and what does that say about you?
I love a bright, tacky, glossy orange-red. It says that I’m Italian and I like all things shiny and gaudy.