Astrobrite began in the summer of 1993 as a solo 4 track bedroom project by Cortez. In 1995 the band expanded in order to tour. Astrobrite is sometimes referred to as a supergroup, since at times (especially for the purposes of playing live shows) the band incorporates members of STAR (Scott Cortez), lovesliescrushing (Scott Cortez, Melissa Arpin-Duimstra), Mahogany (Andrew Prinz), Majesty Crush (Odell Nails), Dark Red, Paik (Rob Smith), Xebec (Doug Walker), Coaltar of the Deepers and others, as well.
Interestingly enough, Astrobrite solely played live and released no official records until 2001, all the while building a reputation as a band that “transcends shoegaze by destroying the fuzz/noise boundaries setup by previous shoegazing outfits and manages to make the most beautiful and melodic noise you’ll ever hear.” They played their “last” show in 1997 and then went on hiatus. Only then, in 2001, was Astrobrite’s first album, Crush, released via Clairerecords (later re-released in 2011 by BLVD Records). Cult gaze band Alison’s Halo (Adam Cooper) mastered and mixed Crush and 8 Candy EP.
In 2005, the LP Pinkshinyultrablast was released via Vinyl Junkie Recordings, solidifying Astrobrite’s underground reputation as expert noisemakers. So influential, in fact, that a more recent gaze outfit out of Russia named themselves after the record. Next came Whitenoise Superstar in 2007, which found Astrobrite pushing the boundaries of noise and pop even further. Whitenoise Superstar is generally considered to be Astrobrite’s most experimental record, as far as noise and drone are concerned, and the LP gained notoriety among the fans of these more fringe genres. This was later followed by One Hit Wonder (a collection of early unreleased tracks) in 2008.
Astrobrite was quiet until late 2011, when the much anticipated lost album of the band’s trademark fuzzed out drone from the 1994-1998 era, entitled Boombox Supernova, was released via bandcamp in November. This was followed shortly by the free download of a track called “Jingle Bells” in December 2011. Boombox Supernova gained Astrobrite even more fans while satiating the older fans’ need for new material.