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Alien Astronaut invades Athens, spawn debut album

Albany-based Another Alien Astronaut — from left, Frank Daniel, Chris Hayes, Jon Gosa and Lance Barnes — have been in Athens in recent weeks working on their debut album, “Late Great Planet Earth.”

Albany-based Another Alien Astronaut — from left, Frank Daniel, Chris Hayes, Jon Gosa and Lance Barnes — have been in Athens in recent weeks working on their debut album, “Late Great Planet Earth.”

Brad McEwen

Special to the Herald

ATHENS — Orbit has been achieved and the invasion has begun. In a world seemingly devoid of the classic music made famous by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Another Alien Astronaut has arrived to remind earthlings how to rock.

As part of their first phase of domination, AAA is touching down in the foothills of Georgia to record their debut album. Drawn by the rich musical heritage beacon of Athens, Ga., AAA leapt at the chance to lay down their blistering tracks at Chase Park Transduction and Pigpen Studios.

After gaining momentum with their self-titled EP, recorded aboard their mothership, the members of AAA decided to follow in the footsteps of many of their musical heroes and tap into the diverse musical legacy of Athens by recording at the two renowned studios. With the studios’ state-of-the-art equipment, the band hopes to hone and sharpen its guitar attack, weave harmonic melodies and establish intricate rhythms while also taking advantage of an opportunity to record with an engineer who is no stranger to the Athens music scene, Daniel Collins.

“Having worked with Daniel in the past, I knew he was the engineer AAA wanted to work with on this project,” said lead singer/guitarist Jon Gosa. “And the opportunity to record at legendary Chase Park, we hope, will infuse a quality to our sound that could not be found anywhere else.”

Having Collins at the helm also gave AAA the opportunity to cut some of the album’s tracks at the engineer’s own Pigpen Studios, allowing the band to take advantage of myriad sound possibilities; thus making the band’s creative audio dreams into tangible reality.

“AAA was born out of each member’s desire to make the kind of classic music we all grew up loving,” added Gosa. “While our primary mission was to simply rock, we all felt a strong desire to create a vivid musical landscape and give our music an almost otherworldly quality. Being able to record at Chase Park and Pigpen gives us the ability to capture that.”

In addition, recording in Athens provided the band an opportunity to become a part of the grand musical tapestry that is the Athens music scene. With all four members of AAA having grown up in Georgia and two of them having lived in Athens for several years, they were all keenly aware of what the town has meant to the world of music. The members unanimously felt that Athens was truly the only place for AAA to give birth to this record and a revival of rock.

“When thinking about a ‘music scene,’ Athens has no equal,” said bassist Chris Hayes. “I mean as far as I’m concerned, it’s THE music scene.”

“Another Alien Astronaut — Late Great Planet Earth” will arrive soon. Until then, fans can whet their appetite with the self-titled “Another Alien Astronaut” EP, currently available for download on iTunes, 7 Digital, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Google Play, Medianet, Zune and Spotify.

For more information, including a list of upcoming shows and other AAA activities, check out the band’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/.../ANOTHER-ALIEN-ASTRONAUT.