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Blasting out of a dirty basement, on the outer City limits of Vienna, comes the forward thinking, punkrock sound, of Austria’s very own, ASTPAI. Think, None More Black meets Angus Young meets Dan Yemin and you are in the right ballpark. The heavy rocking, Hardcore/Punk sound, intertwined with melody and sing-a-longs, from vocalist, Zock’s distinctive vocal style, offers a very personal and political view on modern life.
Having released two full-fength demos between 2002 and 2003, ASTPAI first started to attract international attention with their albums “Feeling Safe In Prgrammed Channels” in 2005 and “Corruption Concealed (Under Deceptive Slogans)” in 2006. The latter was released and re-released several times in Europe (Rise Or Rust Records for Austria / Fond Of Life Records for Europe / Jumpstart Records for the USA and Canada) accompanied by a number of tours throughout the European mainland in 2007. 2008 saw ASTPAI head Stateside for the first time with a five-week tour along the US East Cost, as well as a four-week tour throughout the European mainland. In the same year, a Split-CD with UK’s Attack! Vipers! was released on We Heart Records and Laserlife Records.
2009, 2010 and early 2011 consisted of relentless touring, including a 6 week, full USA and Canadian tour, as well as a total of 20 weeks touring Western and Eastern Europe, including new territories, such as Greece and Russia. Beside all the touring, ASTPAI managed to find time to release the critically acclaimed full length, “Heart To Grow” (Asscard Records for Europe / No Reason Records for Italy / Jumpstart Records for USA and Canada) in 2010, as well as two 7″ records called “The Scavenger” and “On Your Own”.
ASTPAI put our their fourth and strongest full-length “Efforts And Means” (Ass Card Records / Jump Start Records / No Reason Records) in June 2012, and an EP called “Crohnicles“ (Ass Card Records / Shield Recordings / Jump Star Records) in October 2013, along with 230 shows throughout the two years.
In a total of twelve years the band has shared stages with numerous international acts like Kid Dynamite, Good Riddance, Smoke Or Fire, Anti-Flag, Flogging Molly, Leftöver Crack, Star Fucking Hipsters, Fucked Up, Paint It Black, ALL, The Lawrence Arms, The Flatliners, A Wilhelm Scream and Dead To Me. ASTPAI have played more than 600 shows in over 15 countries worldwide including appearances at Groezrock Festival, Meerhout Belgium (2011); The Fest, Gainesville Florida (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); Poolbar Festival, Feldkirch Austria (2009) and Arena Open Air, Vienna Austria w/ Flogging Molly (2010).
2014 has already seen ASTPAI tour UK/EU with RX Bandits. The band are also hit the road with Restorations / The Smith Street Band throughout April and May in the UK and Europe. May also saw ASTPAI perform on the mainstage at Groezrock Festival, Belgium. ASTPAI will hit the road again throughout the summer in support of ONLY CRIME (UK/EU). A return to THE FEST, Gainsville, USA in October, with selected East Coast dates is also in the pipeline.
Sep 16 – AT – Vienna @ B.A.C.H.
Sep 17 – AT – Graz @ PPC Bar
Sep 18 – AT – Linz @ Stadtwerkstatt
Sep 19 – DE – Berlin @ Clash
Sep 20 – DK – Copenhagen @ tba
Sep 21 – DE – Kiel @ tba
Sep 22 – DE – Hamburg @ Rote Flora
Sep 23 – DE – Hannover @ Stumpf
Sep 24 – DE – Mainz @ Haus Mainusch
Sep 25 – BE – Leuven @ Rockbar
Sep 26 – LUX – Luxembourg @ Soul Kitchen
Sep 27 – DE – Ulm @ Broken Stage
Sep 28 – NL – Nijmegen @ De Ondebroek
Sep 29 – UK – London @ The Windmill
Sep 30 – UK – Norwich @ The Owl Sanctuary
Oct 01 – UK – Huddersfield @ The Parish
Oct 02 – UK – Gateshead @ The Black Bull
Oct 03 – UK – Newport @ Le Pub
Oct 04 – UK – Plymouth @ The Hub
Oct 05 – UK – Southampton @ WTF Fest
Oct 06 – FR – Paris @ tba
Oct 07 – FR – Montaigne @ Zizor
Oct 08 – ES – Navarra/Pamplona @ tba
Oct 09 – ES – Oviedo @ Calleja La Ciega
Oct 10 – PO – Sao Joao De Madiera @ Oliva Creativa Factory
Oct 11 – PO – Lisbon @ Fantasma Cais Do Sodré
Oct 12 – ES – Madrid @ Rock Palace
Oct 13 – ES – Barcelona @ Rocksound
Oct 14 – FR – Montpellier @ The Black Out
Oct 15 – IT – Milan @ Honky Tonky
Oct 16 – AT – Vöcklabruck @ C’est La Vie
Oct 17 – CZ – Prague @ tba
Oct 18 – AT – Wiener Neustadt @ Triebwerk
Burden Calls will be released on 22/08/14 in the UK and Europe on Ass Card Records.
Burden Calls will be released on 22/09/14 in the USA on Jump Start Records.
1. Single Use
2. Dead End Talking
4. Death Everywhere
5. After All
7. Ground Control
8. Down by Love
11. Small Change
13. Emotion in the Way
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