Bands to Watch #239: China Aster

By on Tuesday, 17th April 2012 at 12:00 pm

Anybody who says that there’s no musical talent in Guernsey needs to wash their ears out. Move to Sweden where all you get is death metal. Maybe slap themselves a little in the face. Then maybe they will consider listening again to the fantastic young talent that is China Aster. They are Josh Moore (guitar and vocals), Oliver Mason (bass) and George Le Page (drums), 3 boys still at school, but you wouldn’t know it though such is the maturity of their onstage personality coupled with their fantastic songs.

Their new EP has been recorded in London and beautifully produced culminating in their first single, the strangely fascinating ‘Combination Style.’ It sounds a bit like Sigur Ros mixed in a kind of strange bizarre dream pop fashion. What it ends up as though is a truly interesting mash up of sound with some haunting vocals thrown over the top of the effortless cool of Moore’s guitars.

The list of what this band has going for them is almost too long for this piece. Josh’s vocals are some of the best you will hear in 2012 all over Spotify, let alone for free on SoundCloud. George and Oliver’s combination in the engine room of the band doesn’t distract attention from the main attraction, yet still manages to remain powerful and useful. At just 18, there’s no telling what’s to come for these boys. All I can say is, get to following them. You want to be able to say, “I was there first!”

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