A Brighter Beat preview 6 – Cancel The Astronauts


A little over 24 houstr until A Brighter Beat so here’s the final big game preview.

A couple of weeks ago, talking to Matt from Cancel The Astronauts at a show, I floated the idea of a brief interview as part of the series of previews for tomorrow. We both quickly agreed that, since there’s plenty of CTA on here already, much of it fairly recent, we’d have been reduced to Smash Hits style favourite colour questioning.

So … if you want to read an interview on the release of their debut LP ‘Animal Love Match’, you can go here, from where you can also access the full interview podcast stylee – with exclusive acoustic tracks.

If you want to hear what I thought of their wonderful debut LP go here and there’s an olderinterviews here and another podcast here. There’s also loads of gig reviews and photos sprinkled liberally through these pages over the last couple of years.

No interview then today but instead a brief stab at waxing lyrically. Of all the bands on tomorrow’s bill, I think that Cancel The Astronauts have possibly the greatest commercial potential. Matt’s a great songwriter and there’s some fairly mainstream influences trying to nudge their way to the front of their music. I honestly think that they’re potentially one song away from some major exposure.

In person they manage to add a little edge to their recorded pop sheen with Matt an engaging and quirky front man.

In truth they seem to have been a little cursed with bad luck since the LP came out living up to their name with several important gigs cancelled through no fault of their own. But hopefully that will mean that tomorrow’s audience will benefit from the pent-up frustration of kicking their heels over the last few weeks when they were all set to play.

Cancel The Astronauts are playing ‘A Brighter Beat’ at Watt’s in Cupar on Sunday 11th November a show which also features Sam Barber and the Outcasts, The Bad Books, Martin John Henry, Kid Canaveral and TV21.

The show is a family friendly event which runs from 2pm until 9pm. Tickets are £10 in advance (£5 for Under 16s) from Watt’s, Avalanche in Edinburgh and Groucho’s in Dundee or online from Brown Paper Tickets until midnight tonight.