Astra Set to Begin Work on Third Album

Wasn’t it just at the end of last week that I was wishing Astra would get together again and put out a third album? Why, yes. Yes it was. I’m not by any means about to take credit for the coming of this update from guitarist, vocalist, Mellotronist and synthesist Richard Vaughan, but I’m pretty happy it’s here one way or the other. The good news? Astra will indeed set to work on a follow-up full-length to 2012’s The Black Chord (review here), and though details are obviously minimal at this point, since it’s not like said record exists yet or anything, any word from the band whatsoever is welcome, since as noted the other day, it’s been a while.

You can read Vaughan‘s update below. More to come as I hear or see it:

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ASTRA – Status Update 2017

First off, I have to apologize for just dropping off the map for so long. You all deserve much more than that and since so many of you have been nice enough to write and ask “What’s going on with ASTRA?” I wanted to give you all a status update.

Back when our drummer David Hurley left ASTRA in 2013, no one could really foresee the difficulties ahead. We knew carrying on without Dave would be a hard road to travel but we had no idea just how much of an impact his departure would have on us. The 5 of us had an undeniable chemistry that just worked so well in every aspect, but especially when it came to songwriting. After Dave left, I think we were all pretty bummed out and while we were working on writing material for our 3rd album, our frustrations slowly started cropping up. We decided to take a short break which turned into a long break, which turned into a longer break, which happens to be where we’re at now. Because of this long hiatus some of the guys have become extremely busy with their own musical projects which, unfortunately, now leaves very little time for ASTRA.

However, I do have some good news! I just recently spoke with all of the original ASTRA members, including Dave, and everyone is down to record a 3rd ASTRA album if we can get enough material together. Another bit of good news is that Stuart and I have been playing and writing together and we’re hoping that we can eventually make this 3rd album a reality.

Now, none of this is a guarantee but I think it is a step in the right direction. ASTRA will always be my baby and my first love when it comes to music and I don’t want to give up on her so I’m going to do all that I can to make this happen. This will most likely take quite some time since everyone is so busy but I will try to keep you all updated as best I can. I will also try to be much more diligent in responding to your emails and messages in the future.

Lastly, a huge THANK YOU is long overdue, so, thank you all for sticking with ASTRA through the years and for being such amazing fans. I love you all more than words can say and I’m going to do my best to bring some new ASTRA music to your ears as soon as possible.

Be seeing you,
-Richard Vaughan

Astra, The Black Chord (2012)

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2 Responses to “Astra Set to Begin Work on Third Album”

  1. Head Ov Metal says:

    This is terrific news! Incredible band! It was a thrill to see them live at Roadburn!

  2. Jose Humberto says:


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