Jon Gosa with Another Alien Anstronaut will perform Friday at the State Theatre.
ALBANY— After the infamous Northridge Earthquake hit Los Angeles in 1994, Albany musician Chris Hayes went west to work construction in the region.
Before Hayes came home, he got a tattoo of the Mayan calandar on his upper arm at the famed Purple Panther Tattoo Parlor on Sunset Boulevard.
Now, with the calendar’s purported last day — 12/21/12 — drawing near, Hayes and his mates in the Albany band Another Alien Astronaut are doing what any rock band would do with doom and destruction looming: planning a party to take the world out in style.
“We figured, ‘Hey, if the world’s going to end, you might as well come blow it out with us,’” Hayes said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “It’s like, you get DJ Billy Ocean, Meow Kapow and Another Alien Astronaut for $5, which is less than the price of some crappy apocalypse flick.”
The aforementioned musical acts will gather at downtown’s State Theatre on the night of the pending apocalypse (Friday) for an end-of-the-world throwdown that will start at 8 p.m. and take revelers through the midnight hour and beyond ... if the world makes it.
“I figure if we do make it past midnight, well the Mayans were just full of BS,” Hayes said. “If the world does end, though, we’ll go out having a good time. Either way, we win.”
AAA, which also features singer/songwriter Jon Gosa, guitarist Frank Daniel and drummer Lance Barnes, has been in Athens recently working on its debut release. Gosa said the album, a strong mix of the best elements of rock icons Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, is “about 70 percent there.”
“We’d hoped to have the album finished before (Friday’s show), but we still have some work to do,” Gosa said. “We’re not going to put it out there until we’re satisfied with it. We hope to use it to get some rock and roll buzz going in a region big on country music.”
Friday’s blowout is an 18-and-over, 21-to-party show.