For some two decades, The Asteroid No. 4 has been the soundtrack to my many rustic and refined Pennsylvanian adventures: Fly fishing, camping, hiking, and the Warhol Museum. A three-hour trek from my north coast compound, the rurals and metros of Pennsylvania offer cool spots that I can bug out to. Coincidentally, the Asteroid No. 4 are trip-taking Pennsylvanian ex-pats, and, as the myth now goes, the A-4 bugs out, too.
Their latest single is vintage Asteroid No. 4: humming, fuzzed-out shoegaze riffs and echoing harmonies. The lead drifts above the din, a shoegaze hallmark of psych brethren, Ride and Slowdive.
Story goes that on a recent tour in Europe, the band drove into rough weather in a particularly Pennsylvanian swath of the storied Swiss Alps. The band reports that “We ended up staying in a chalet in a small Swiss town just north of the Italian border. We weren’t really jiving well with our driver the whole tour. He was pretty much a loose cannon, having…periodical meltdowns. He also carried around a knife the size of a machete. This song was written while trying to fall asleep in that darkness, nervous he was going to murder us all during the night.”
Thus, the myth is born. Dig the new single from Asteroid No. 4: “Swiss Mountain Myth”.
“Swiss Mountain Myth” is the third single to be released from the upcoming A-4’s long-play record, Northern Songs. Their latest single is vintage Asteroid No. 4: humming, fuzzed-out shoegaze riffs and echoing harmonies. The lead drifts above the din, a shoegaze hallmark of psych brethren, Ride and Slowdive. “Swiss Mountain Myth” is a well-produced wall of layered guitars and hard-driving drum-work. The song, a true Asteroid No. 4 gem, is a sonic prayer to surviving the rigors of tourlife, so that you, the listener, can endure the rigors of your mountain treks with a high quality soundtrack.
Northern Songs hits the record stores September 2020.