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Deastro To Release Free GROWER EP / Rolling Stone Breaking Band Feature

posted May 13, 2009, 12:50 PM by Vu Nguyen
Deastro To Release Free GROWER EP / Rolling Stone Breaking Band Feature
Add New Dates To June US Tour / Follow Randolph Chalbot On Twitter
 Moondagger Out June 23rd On Ghostly International
Deastro had this to say from London regarding thier free EP:
“This EP is inspired by Detroit and my friends there who I feel are a light in it. The title of it Grower represents what I feel is growing inside of peoples hearts and minds there. It is about human growth, so sometimes it can be messy or tragic all though I am not going to limit human experience to two adjectives or claim that I know the first thing about it.
There is a song called “forest arms” that is about an apartment complex that burned down near where I live. The fire started in the apartment of John Robinson and its cause is unknown. Robinson died and others were injured on top of the loss of this historic building. It really was a tragedy. The song itself I hope captures all aspects of the people of Detroit in its change in dynamics or at least some of them, I could never capture it all. I could never capture how proud I am of everybody there who keeps on loving each other. My only reason for writing music besides really enjoying music myself is that I hope to plant something worthwhile in the place where the people I care for exist. I really hope we can all grow and be growers learning to treasure every second and every feeling this world gives to us.”

Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old -- now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.

"Vermillion Plaza" the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody lines--it's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, "Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?," it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.

Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse--a longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly's--followed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into "Ghostly Presents: Deastro," a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.

Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrives on June 23rd, and his "Vermillion Plaza" single -- along with its B-side, a squelchy, lumbering remix by Ghostly Swim featured artist Mux Mool -- drops May 12th on Ghostly International.

US June Tour Dates

05.23 Detroit, MI  @ Ghostly 10 Year Anniversary: Detroit
 06.10 New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
  06.12 Brooklyn, NY @ Studio B
  06.13 Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
  06.15 Cleveland, OH @ Bside Liquor Lounge
  06.17 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
  06.18 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Avenue Entry
  06.21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
  06.23 Portland, OR @ Holocene
  06.24 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
  06.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland

Grower EP Tracklisting

1. Friends
2. Rouge River
3. Cass Corrider
3. Grower
4. Forest Arms
5. Guardian