Blackpool Astronomy

STARTED AS SIDE PROJECT BY JEFF MCCOLLOUGH A FORMER FOUNDING MEMBER OF 1990’S SEATTLE SHOEGAZE BAND LAPIS. IN 1998 THE PROJECT TOOK A BACKSEAT TO SEVERAL OTHER ENDEAVORS. AFTER A YEAR JEFF HAD LITERALLY WORKED ON OVER 25 RECORDINGS. HE WOULD WORK LONG INTO THE NIGHT USING VARIOUS VINTAGE TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE THE SONIC ATMOSPHERES. AFTER A COUPLE LARGE AND PAINFUL EVENTS HE GOT BACK TO WORK CRAFTING SONIC MAYHEM AND HE STARTED TO PIECE TOGETHER THE KIND OF SONIC PATCHWORK HE WANTED. HE ADDED THE SKILLS OF BEN MADONNA ON THE DRUMS MAKING BLACKPOOL ASTRONOMY A BAND INSTEAD OF A SOLO PROJECT. THE SOUND STARTED TO VEER TOWARDS MORE OF A GOTHIC SHOEGAZE WITH A HEAVY PSYCH BENT. THEY DUMPED ALL THE MATERIAL FROM THE FIRST RECORD TO WRITE A NEW SET OF SONGS AND IN JANUARY 2014 THEY WENT INTO STUDIO AND CREATED “TRIPPING THE MORTAL COIL” WHICH WAS A COLLECTION OF SONG INSPIRED BY THE EVENTS AROUND THEM INCLUDING A TRAGIC LOSS OF JEFF’S FATHER TO CANCER AND THE GRIEF HE WAS FEELING. THIS RECORD HAD A MUCH MORE OPEN SOUND WHICH HAS GOTTEN HIGH PRAISE FROM RADIO STATIONS,CRITICS AND FANS. KIMBERLY RIZK OF BELOW BLACKSTAR JOINED FOR A COUPLE SHOWS THEN HAD TO LEAVE DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUES. THE BAND CONTINUED TO PLAY SHOWS WITH GOOD FRIEND AND FURNITURE GIRLS DRUMMER THANE MITCHELL. EVEN RECORDING AN ACCLAIMED COVER OF LUSH’S SCARLET WITH HIM BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE IN EARLY MARCH FOR THE TBTCI RECORDS TRIBUTE COMPILATION “LOVE LIFE”. IN LATE MARCH OF 2018 DRUMMER JOE JARVIS OF SLEEPWELL CITIZEN JOINED THE BAND. 2018 WAS FULL OF FESTIVALS, RECORDING AND CHANGES AS PLANNED THE NEWEST RECORD CAME OUT IN THE SUMMER OF 2019 ON BLEW // ROSE (NORTH AMERICA) TBTCI RECORDS (WORLDWIDE) AND WE CAN’T WAIT FOR EVERYONE TO FINALLY HEAR OUR NEW RECORD THIS SUMMER WITH A SINGLE TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL 2022.