By Orla Brady
California-based psychedelic-rock quintet The Asteroid No.4 have released their latest single Swiss Mountain Myth in preparation for the upcoming release of their tenth studio album ‘Northern Songs’.
The band have gained a dedicated fan-base and a reputation as trailblazers of modern psychedelic rock over the twenty-two years that they have been creating and releasing music. They take a great deal of influence from British indie music from the 1980s and 1990s, sharing that “this is the music we grew up on” and continue to listen to today.
However, as we can hear from Swiss Mountain Myth, The Asteroid No. 4 have the ability to make their influences clear, whilst also creating innovative and original music.
Throughout the song, we can hear the prominent percussion and gritty, distorted guitar that has been used by the likes of The Stone Roses and Sonic Youth. Hearing this throughout the track proves that The Asteroid No. 4 can successfully present sounds and styles which were prominent in the past to the modern listener in a fresh and memorable way.
The Asteroid No. 4 describe the track as “kind of our version of The Shining”, as the lyrics tell the story of an unsettling situation which the band experienced in the Swiss Alps whilst touring in Europe.
Scott Vitt’s low vocals are altered in order to create a slow and hypnotic sound, therefore we witness a fusion of two styles – psychedelic rock from the vocals and indie-rock from their music accompaniment. This makes for an overall excellent rock song which can be listened to time and time again.
The Asteroid No.4 have a long and rich career behind them and Swiss Mountain Myth suggests that they have no intention of stopping any time soon.