Astpai Stream New EP In Full

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Astpai has premiered a full stream of their upcoming EP, Run From Home, which is set to drop this April 29, 2016 through Ass-Card Records/Jump Start Records.  The band last released their prior full length, Burden Calls, in August 2014.

Stream the full EP here.

Video: Astpai – Fainting

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Astpai has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Fainting” which will appear on their  upcoming Run From Home EP, which is set to drop this April through Ass-Card Records/Jump Start Records.  The band last released their prior full length, Burden Calls, in August 2014.

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Tours: Astpai (UK)

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Astpai has announced that the European punk act will embark on a tour of the UK this September.  Astpai continues to support their new album, Burden Calls, released August 2014 through Ass Card Records.  Read our review here.

Tour dates are available below.

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First Wave Of ‘Might As Well Fest’ Bands Announced

posterDisconnect Disconnect RecordsSpeaking Tongues and What Ever Happened to P-Rock have collectively announced the inaugural  Might As Well Fest.  The festival will take place in London on September 23, 2015 at The Macbeth.  The first bands announced for the festival are: Astpai (Austria), Break-UpsGoing Away PartyHarkerHogwash (France) and Six Time Champion.
More bands are expected to be announced, so stay connected via Facebook at  and Twitter at @MightAsWellFest.

Video: Astpai – Death Everywhere

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Austrian punk band Astpai has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Death Everywhere” from their recent full length Burden Calls, released via Ass Card Records on August 22, 2014.  

Watch the video below.

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Tour: Astpai / Despite Everything (Europe)

AstpaiAstpai has announced that the European punk act will embark on two month tour of Central and Western Europe and the UK with Despite Everything this September and October.  Astpai is gearing up for the release of their new album, Burden Calls, set for release on August 22, 2104 through Ass Card Records.  Read our review here.

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Astpai Full Album Stream

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Austrian punk band Astpai has launched a full album stream of their upcoming full length Burden Calls, due for release via Ass Card Records on August 22, 2014.  

Listen to the full track here.



Burden Calls

Jump Start Records

Rating: 3.5/5




European pop-punkers Astpai aren’t afraid to get their chords a little dirty.  The melodic four-piece understands that in order to rock out, you have to get gritty, and front man Zock’s coarse cries more than fit the bill. Fans of acts like North Lincoln, The Menzingers and Gatorface all stand to enthusiastically belt along to the various antis with brain-scrambled heads banging.  Combined with some unpredictable riffs that shred melody lightly through a blender, Astpai should be sitting buddy-buddy with fans of No Idea Records and the like in their fifth full length, Burden Calls.

Opening lightly with “Single Use,” the band’s initial, instrument-less statement “we were all born in boredom,” explodes feverously into an abrasive hard rock fixture that is anything but boring.  Zock’s strained shouts fluctuate somewhere between hardcore barks (early Against Me!) and forceful pop-punk commands (The Flatliners).  The final moments of “Out” get particularly wild as Zock morphs from assertive to demanding, mirrored in the outright crunching riffs giving way to an oddly fitting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exert.  “Death Everywhere” pulls back the reigns with a jumpy melody that sounds as if born of a more dynamic Banner Pilot.  The band further retreats from the remaining grit as they settle comfortably into the atmospheric showpiece, “After All.”  Suddenly transforming into a near-acoustic performance, Astpai gives way to an emotional downturn that finds Zock speaking quietly with the weight of a burden.  With so much to speak of so early on, the band’s appeal sets in quickly.

That being said, the back half of Burden Calls is comparatively a mixed bag.  Two thirty-second tracks, “Down By Love” and “Resignation,” feel under-developed; the former being a backdrop to another movie exert that doesn’t quite connect and latter serving as a hurried failure to launch.  Considering that follow-up “Careers” develops into one of the album’s most cleverly composed, anthemic takes on conventional chorus-verse formula, the need for these scattered micro-tracks is questionable.  Thankfully these are only minor moments that mostly disrupt flow and are easily forgotten by the time catchy sing-along closer “Emotion In The Way” concludes the disc.

Above all Astpai has written a coherent and musically thematic album.  Truthfully, the songs aren’t all that memorable on their own, but when taken together Burden Calls makes for a very distinct listen boasting plenty of breakout moments that compliment the Austrian act’s rough edge.  Easily recommendable for those enjoying the gruffer side of modern punk that still have a hankering to sing along to something light and catchy.

Video: Astpai – ‘Careers’

astpai635_300_198_s_c1Austrian punk band Astpai have posted a new video for their track Careers. The song is taken from their upcoming full length Burden Calls, due for release via Ass Card Records. In support of the band’s 5the record, they have just completed a tour opening for punk supergroup Only Crime across the UK and Europe and more dates for autumn/winter 2014 are due to be announced soon.

Check out the video for Careers below.

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Astpai – Dead End Talking

AstpaiWiener Neustadt, Austria-based band Astpai has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Dead End Talking,” which is scheduled to appear on their upcoming album, Burden Calls, available on September 23, 2014 via Jump Start Records, which will mark the label’s sixth release for the band.  Ass-Card Records will handle the European release, which holds a street date of August 22, 2014.

Listen to the song here courtesy RockSound.

Album: Astpai Announce New Full Length

AstpaiJump Start Records will be releasing the new album from Astpai on September 23. This marks the sixth collaboration between the group and label. The new album is titled Burden Calls and will also be released on Ass-Card Records in Europe a full month earlier (August 22). 

Astpai’s fifth full length contains 13 tracks. Full track listing can be seen below. Burden Calls was recorded and mixed by Tom Zwanzger at S.T.R.E.S.S. Studio Graz and  mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music. The bands friend Flö Rastbichler created the artwork for this release.

According to Astpai, Burden Calls is a concept album which:

focuses on the burdens that the main character faces while trying to find deeper meaning in his life. It leads him through depressive dialogues, hopeless monologues and hopeful thoughts.

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Astpai Date & Detail Next Full Length; On Tour

AstpaiWiener Neustadt, Austria-based band Astpai has announced details for the band’s fifth full length.  The album will be titled Burden Calls on September 23, 2014 via Jump Start Records, which will mark the label’s sixth release for the band.  Ass-Card Records will handle the European release, which holds a street date of August 22, 2014.

The band plans to tour extensively leading up to the release.  The current touring schedule can be found below along with the track listing.

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Only Crime Premiere New Video, Announce Album Details & Tour

Only CrimeOnly Crime, the punk hardcore ‘supergroup’ featuring Russ Rankin (Good Riddance), Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendants, All), Aaron Dalbec (Converge), Dan Kelly (The Frisk) and Matt Hoffman (Modern Life is War) have premiered a new video for a Life is Fair, a track taken from their upcoming full length Pursuance. The record, the bands’ third and first since 2007, will drop on May 13th via Rise Records. Pre orders are available here.

The band will also be touring the UK/Europe for the first time since 2010 with Austrian punks Astpai as support. Full dates, plus the video for Life is Fair can be viewed below:

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Restorations Announce European Headlining Tour

RestorationsPhiladelphia punk band Restorations have announced a series of dates across the UK and Europe for April and May 2014. The band are still out supporting their most recent  release, LP2 which dropped in early 2013 via SideOneDummy Records. 

Support on all dates will come from Asutrian punks Astpai and Australia’s Smith Street Band, who themselves have just finished up a coveted support slot for Frank Turner on his recent North American tour.

You can check out the video for the song D, and the full list of dates below:

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Tour: Astpai

ASTPAIAustrian hardcore and punk rockers Astpai have announced new tour dates.  The band will be touring in support from their upcoming 7-inch  Chronicles, which is set to drop on Oct. 15, 2013 via Jumpstart Records.  The band will be making a stop at this year’s FEST 12 in Gainesville.

Tour dates below.

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Video: Astpai – 2000 Pills

astpaiAustrian hardcore and punk rockers Astpai has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the song “2000 Pills” from their upcoming 7-inch  Chronicles, which is set to drop on Oct. 15, 2013 via Jumpstart Records.

Watch the video below.

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Astpai To Release 7-inch EP / European Tour

astpaiAustrian hardcore and punk rockers Astpai will release a 7-inch titled Chronicles on Oct. 15, 2013 via Jumpstart Records.

This three-track EP follows the band’s 2012 full-length Efforts and Means. Listen to a stream of these tracks at Punknews.

Astpai will also release a music video to the song 2000 Pills and a pre-order for the 7-inch including limited edition buttons, patches and a beer koozie along with the limited edition colored vinyl on Sept. 20, 2013.

Beginning early next month, catch Astpai on a European tour. Check out the dates below.

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Flatliners / Astpai

The Flatliners / Astpair


Panic State Records

Rating: 3/5




Back in 2011 Toronto’s The Flatliners and Austria’s Astpai released a split 7” on Laserlife Records in support of a European tour together. The limited run, with artwork by Peter Wonsowski, featured each band covering one of the others’ songs Now, thanks to Panic State Records, its  getting a proper North American release as a limited number of copies will be available as the two bands reunite for several shows across eastern Canada and the US.

The Flatliners tackled Southwards, a track from Astpai’s 2010’s effort Heart to Grow. The intro channels late 80′ Soul Asylum (they were good once!) and the epic sing-a- long chorus could be lifted straight into a Dropkick Murphy’s album; making for a song that could easily fit into the band’s live repertoire in future.

Astpai opted for Meanwhile In Hell, off The Flatliner’s 2007’s The Great Awake. It kicks off with a similar rocking riff, only to be blown away when the pedal hits the floor following the inevitable (but awesome) guitar slide. Fans of the Lawrence Arms will love the vocals as they sit firmly in the Brendan Kelly spectrum (which is a good thing), all of which gives a cool new spin on a great track.

While short, the seven inch is well worth the wait – especially for all the completists out there.

Tours: The Flatliners – US/Canada + Europe

FlatlinersCanadian punks The Flatliners are heading back out on the road in 2013, with dates announced in both North America and Europe. Support for the eastern leg comes from Austrian band Astpai and The Holy Mess while out west A Wilhelm Scream, Such Gold and The Sheds join the fun. Across the pond, Brighton based skate punks Gnarwolves jump on the bill.

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Astpai - Corruption Concealed (Under Deceptive Slogans)


Corruption Concealed (Under Deceptive Slogans)

Jump Start Records

Rating: 2.5/5




Right from the start, Corruption Concealed (Under Deceptive Slogans) had a positive spin on it. The artwork immediately screamed out angry punk rock, and the politically driven title hinted that Astpai were not to be messed with. It was a raw, dark, first impression and one that was actually very accurate for once.

The record introduces itself with an intense opening track, Lies & Affection. A short, angry burst of spoken words blast through the speakers and immediately brings up vision of a younger, angrier Anti-Flag. But that comparison ends there as its only when the guy is spitting out spoken words that he sounds like a harsher Justin Sane; instead Astpai have gone for a much harder sound. Still politically driven,Corruption Concealed takes a hardcore route to get their sound out. Crisp, crunchy guitars with poignant and distinct drumming play through at light speed with the occasional melodic instance akin to None More Black (or Shevchuk’s earlier band Kid Dynamite) to “soften” out some of the edges. The vocals alternate between two different delivery style. The first is raw but carry a sense of intense sincerity with a massive nod to the aforementioned Jason Shevchuk. Worm out and tired but still filled with rampant angst, these softer vocals are used for sing-along portions which always tend to elevate the songs up and make them much more memorable. The second type of vocals are much harsher and angrier. They are spat through the speakers with venomous anger in a much more straightforward hardcore fashion like an angrier version of The Unseen or Paint It Black.

And while those moments are worth the listen, they lack a sense of connectivity that are so prevalent in the more melodic/sing along sections. That’s not saying that the Paint It Black influenced moments are passable; they’re really not and they are, for the most part, the main course of the record. However, for each hardcore part that really shines, there’s another hardcore section that falls into the background. It just lacks some needed diversity.

Despite that, Astpai still knows what they’re doing and they keep at it. It makes for a fully charged, thirty minute album of pure intensity. Switching effortlessly between hardcore and heavy skate punk,Corruption Concealed is never the most innovative release but it never fails to properly hook you either. I just hope next time they wear their Shevchuk influence on their sleeve a little more.

Plus, these guys are from Austria. I think they’re the first band I’ve heard from that country, so that’s a bonus.

The Flatliners / Astpai Split Seven Inch

FlatlinersIn support of their upcoming tour together in September, Canada’s The Flatliners and Austria’s Astpai are releasing a split seven inch together. Both bands covered a song from one another’s catalog, The Flatliners will cover Astpai‘s “Southwards” (from Heart to Grow) while Astpai will do their take of “Meanwhile, in Hell,” from The Flatliners‘ 2007 full-length The Great Awake

These colour 7″s are limited to 250 copies and will only be available at the tour; the dates are below.

The record is being released through Austrian’s Laserlife Records.

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Stream: ASTPAI – Heart Grows

ASTPAIAustria’s ASTPAI released their newest album, Heart To Grow, last month of Jump Start Records. The label has posted the complete album online for streaming, you can hear it here.