Austrian melodic punk-rockers ASTPAI (think The Flatliners and None More Black) have announced they will be breaking up in September 2020. The band release a lengthy commentary and their upcoming touring schedule for the rest of 2019. Their final shows will take place in their old hometown of Wiener Neustadt, Austria on September 11th & 12th 2020.
I guess one could argue that somehow, all good things eventually have to come to an end. One way or another.
When things kicked off with ASTPAI in 2001, it didn’t even feel like a proper beginning of anything. This band popped into my life and rapidly became the first thing that gave me a faint idea of what I can do to feel some sense of self-appreciation, creative joy and most importantly: true self-expression. It all sucked me in so quietly that eighteen years later, I’m struggling to remember ever taking a break to look back at what we achieved.
Over the last couple of years, each of us started working on so many other things outside of the band and even though Thomas was rad enough to step in on drums after Tonis departure in 2018, it got harder and harder to make decent plans and keep our focus up.
The following twelve months will give us a fair chance to recall, reconnect, appreciate and celebrate, as we’re putting a definite and overwhelmingly positive end to this band. In other words, we’d rather go out with a bang, than let things fade to grey.
ASTPAI has been in the center of everything I did for more than half of my life. It had such a huge impact on absolutely everything for me – from the people I now know, to the places I was privileged enough to go to and explore, to the person I have become.
And yet it simply feels like the right point in time, to gently close this chapter and move on.
Our upcoming shows for 2019 will be followed by a selected number of farewell shows throughout next year, with the final weekend going down in our old hometown of Wiener Neustadt, Austria on September 11th & 12th 2020.
More info on this way down the line, but please already feel free to MARK THAT DATE!
So yeah, here’s a couple of things worth noting: our upcoming trip to THE FEST in Florida will be our last tour in the US.
Our shows with the fantastic SWAN SONGS in November will be one of our final trips through parts of Germany (we will try and schedule a few more one-offs in certain places if people are keen).
The six-piece shows at the end of the year with our buds in Wham Bam Bodyslam will also be the last times as an extended line up.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s happening for the rest of 2019:
Oct 11 – AT – Wien @ EKH (Seewinkel Noise Factory)
Oct 29 – US – Orlando @ HENAO Contemporary Center
Oct 30 – US – Tampa @ Lucky You Tattoo
Oct 31 – US – Gainesville @ Loosey’s
Nov 01 – US – Gainesville @ THE FEST / High Dive
(this will be our final US show)
Nov 27 – DE – Berlin @ Franken w/ Swan Songs
Nov 28 – DE – Osnabrück @ Substanz w/ Swan Songs
Nov 29 – DE – Hamburg @ Booze Cruise Festival
Nov 30 – DE – Ulm @ Hemperium
Dec 05 – AT – Graz @ Postgarage w/ Wham Bam Bodyslam
Dec 06 – AT – Wien @ Arena w/ Wham Bam Bodyslam
Dec 07 – AT – Vöcklabruck @ OKH w/ Wham Bam Bodyslam
Please consider our timeline wide open to posts, photos, memories, etc to help us get super soppy and emotional along the way of putting ASTPAI to rest.
We’ll keep posting more stuff as we go, but for now, we’d just like to say goodbye!
All the best,
Marco and Bernie