Good morning. Welcome to Aspera. You’ve been sleeping for a very long time. Your dreams have been lucid, no doubt. You hear the alarm, smell the coffee, feel the reflexive pull of the inbox. Just another day. But this is the reality: we are, all of us, floating in space. And there are still songs to be sung as we sail between the stars. At least six of them, by our count, now available on our new EP called “Hypersleep”. You can find them on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and every other digital space that would have us. Thank you for listening. Have a safe a pleasant journey. Try not to blow up the ship.
Before the new millennium, a message was recorded to a cassette tape from a bedroom in the suburbs, on a planet not unlike our own. That cassette found its way to the 21st century, where it was recently recovered. We tried to make sense of this transmission, as it’s the only copy in existence. Please. Listen. Decipher. Respond.
Receive transmission below.
A pretty epic album review from Jon Hunt at l'étoile magazine...
"Have you ever had one of those totally visceral reactions to an album — like you’re overcome by the urge to, like, stand up in your chair or pump your fist in the air or maybe just yell 'yes!' loudly at the top of your voice? That was me, from top to tails of Adrift, the completely intriguing and magnificent new album from Minneapolis band Greycoats. I kept wanting to tell someone, anyone that this album was great — ended up texting three or four of my super-baffled friends — 'OMG OMG OMG, you need to hear this album, dude. It’s like this crazy, romantic, gorgeous space opera, like nothing you’ve heard in the last 30 years.' Replies ranged from 'OK' to 'OK?' The latter, I think, wondering if I was okay. But I was, it’s just that — albums like this don’t come along very often."
READ THE WHOLE THING HERE.
We've been sitting on this one for a while. Before the album, before the "Cleopatra" video, before the spaceship, we took our first trip to Ralph Rapson's Glass Cube with Nate & Angela Matson and the Spaces crew to perform and film three brand new songs in a foreign space. We didn't know how it'd sound. We didn't know how the songs would come together. It was the first time we'd ever played them live. Lyrics were being finished in the van on the way there. This was May of 2014. The world was younger then. It was the start of a journey that will come full-circle as we transform into balls of energy and light at our Album Release show this Saturday. Wait, did we just give away the surprise ending?
We made another record—an album for the stars and the spaces in between. It's called "Adrift", and is now available to you through Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and lots of other digital places. Vinyl and CDs are available in Minneapolis at Electric Fetus, and Vinyl at Treehouse Records, Hymie's Vintage Records, and Forage Modern Workshop. Or you can order direct through our website at grycts.com.
Better yet, pick up a copy in person at our album release show at Paikka in St. Paul, MN with Charlie Van Stee & Low-Gain on Saturday, November 21. It'll be our best show yet. You can find tickets here.
We're happy to share our latest music video for "Cleopatra" from our upcoming album, "Adrift". Directed by Corey Gaffer, it was filmed at Ralph Rapson's Glass Cube in western Wisconsin. Ralph was one of the most prolific and well-loved architects of the 20th century. It was a huge honor to be welcomed into the space by his son Toby and daughter-in-law Janet.
"Adrift" releases November 13 on Ephemera Records.
You are a crew member aboard spacecraft Aspera. You’ve just awoken from hypersleep on an interstellar flight. Good morning. The ship’s been on auto-pilot for hundreds of years. But now, it’s up to you to keep the ship intact. Certainly, your memory’s a little foggy. Trust your instincts. Follow the instructions. You’ll do fine.
Your in-flight entertainment will be provided by us. For your pioneering spirit, we will debut never-before-heard songs from their upcoming album. Each set will feature projection mapping and bring us closer to our destination. Showtimes begin at 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm, 12:30am and 1:30am.
Sound. Light. Switches. Levers. Knobs.