Cello-Friendly Maryland Punks Two Inch Astronaut Premiere New Album 'Personal Life' (Exclusive)

Matt Gatwood
Two Inch Astronaut

Let’s say you’re an artist, musician, or otherwise creative person slogging through a mind-numbing day job while trying to stay sane and inspired at the same time. You and your friends have your work cut out for you, but it helps that you’re retreating to the studio with a producer you’ve admired for a long time.

Welcome to the world of Two Inch Astronaut. For their third full length, the Maryland punks tossed sound bites and screengrabs of their everyday lives into ten songs that brood and burst into ramshackle jams for their onstage alter egos. It’s as if the conversations en route to record with producer J. Robbins were captured and strewn across the jam sessions that came to be Personal Life.

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And speaking of which, here it is! The new LP is out Feb. 5 on Exploding in Sound Records, but Billboard is amped to be streaming it a week ahead of its official release:

For Personal Life, founding members Matt Gatwood (drums, cello, vocals) and Sam Rosenberg (guitar, vocals) collaborated with new bassist Andy Chervenak. A vocalist in his own right, Chervenak jumped in on the songwriting process and encouraged the aforementioned jam sessions -- something the band had never tried before. But the record sounds familiar at times, too. On tracks like “Andy’s Progress Report” and “Good Companion” Gatwood’s cello fills in nicely alongside the all the band’s spastic guitars. 

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For more on Two Inch Astronaut -- including their upcoming live dates in support of Personal Life -- head over to their Bandcamp page. 


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