We team up with Burger Records to bring you the new full-length from LA’s finest garage-rockers.

*SURPRISE RELEASE KLAXON*. We’re super excited to announce that we’ll be doing a European pressing of Star 69, the fifth album from Los Angeles garage heavyweights Cosmonauts! With the album out now in the US and the band currently on a run of dates with Night Beats and The Dandy Warhols – with European dates in the pipeline which may or may not coincide with a certain festival in Eindhoven – we’re really stoked to be teaming up with fellow fuzz-fiends Burger Records to release the duo’s latest album on this side of the pond.

The vinyl is due for release June 28th but in the meantime, you can stream Star 69 in full and check out the video for lead single ‘Seven Sisters’ below. A perfect insight into the new record set against hypnotising visuals of them playing on a rooftop, ‘Seven Sisters’ is a piece of primal, visceral garage-psych that sounds like Spacemen 3, The Stooges and The Jesus & Mary Chain left out to bake in the California sun for a little too long.

Over the course of a decade the band’s droning garage-punk has become an integral mainstay of the LA scene that blossomed around Burger, their long-term label, and this notorious reputation has extended further afield too, no thanks to their relentless tour schedule. If you mention Cosmonauts – longstanding project of core members Alexander Ahmadi and Derek Cowart – in most LA or Orange County circles, nods of recognition will ensue, followed by a proud reference to someone’s friend doing a stint in the band, and several enthusiastic adolescent memories of shows gone by. It’s an idea that’s toyed with throughout Star 69, the band’s fifth studio album and follow-up to 2016’s A-OK!.  

“Love my little bubble / love my little scene,” they sing over the drug-laden slide guitar and back beat of ‘Crystal,’ the sneer in the delivery hinting that the love may be double-edged. Then there’s the entirety of ‘Medio Litro,’ an ode to conversations we’ve all had out on smoking patios at varying stages of that night’s bad decision-making. Lines like ‘We’ll go to the party / If we can find parking’ and ‘Get another manager / and another publicist / Call me when you get this / Make it on the guest list’ are delivered with the perfect detachment of a band that is well-acquainted with the game and still has no intention of playing by the rules.

Whilst Cosmonauts are more than adept at dealing in joyous garage-rock hedonism, they’re also just as comfortable drifting into nasty psych-rock territory too – with Star 69 seeing both of those sides to Cosmonauts sounding better than ever. Razor-blade riffs and relentless walls of sound (see the audio assault of ‘Seven Sisters’ and the fire-alarm guitars and self-destruction of the massive ‘Wicked City (Outer Space)’) shatter out the shambolic jangle of their peers with power and intention. The punch-in-you-gut intensity comes courtesy of the duo’s mission to go back to basics. “It was really important that Star 69 was recorded as live as possible,” explains Ahmadi. “We needed to record the album in a more immediate and demanding environment. I think in the age of Ableton, the energy and urgency of a live band really can’t be overstated.”

Star 69 finds them at the height of those powers, the trip or two around the block injecting the album with a confidence and completeness that gives tossed-off lines like “I wish I was high or dead, or something” (the gorgeous and unexpected “Heart Of Texas”) a kind of hungover, squinty-eyed poetry. Everything from almost-love songs (“The Gold Line”) and odes to untimely death (“Suburban Hearts”) are given the usual yawn and stretch treatment–a deceptive casualness that underpins the level-up songwriting and intricate musicality of the band’s