Bio & Press


Alien Space Kitchen (“ASK”) is a garage-punk space-pop band currently based in Albuquerque, NM. The band started as a duo when songwriter and guitarist Dru Vaughter recruited Noelle to play drums and assist with vocals on a recording project. They started with a few demos and just couldn't stop. The result was their award-winning debut album “Just ASK," which gained critical recognition for its catchy, hard-rocking songs and moody lyrics. As noted in the Santa Fe New Mexican, "Some of these melodies will stick in your head all day." 

Although the two of them were happy writing pop-rock hits, the lure of the power trio loomed large. In 2013 good fortune shone upon ASK when L.A. luminary Mess Messal came out of retirement to join the band with his insane bass skills. Mess has toured the world with critically acclaimed bands Flies on Fire, VOMF, and Vitamade. 

In 2016 ASK released their second full-length record, Some of This Is True. It features nine high-octane rock songs, plus one ballad to prove that the band members have feelings. 2017 included the band's first West coast tour, and in 2018 ASK toured the Midwest. In 2019, the band's EP project is officially underway. Volume 1 came out on February 15 of this year and more volumes will soon follow. ASK is constantly working on new songs. Stay tuned! 

PRESS for Alien Space Kitchen’s 2019 EP The Golden Age of Climate Change:

"This seven-song, 26-minute EP is a refreshing blast of raunchy riffs, rump-shaking beats, simple but addictive melodies, and irreverent lyrics about planetary suicide. . . . At the moment, my favorite track on this record is "In the Mud," in which Vaughter sings matter-of-factly, "Back in the swamp, deep in the water/Weather's getting warmer, world is getting hotter." Though other tunes have similar messageshow to cope when the world is headed for a boiling pointVaughter never seems preachy. It's like he's conjuring troubling images with a smile on his face, while his guitar screams in rage."Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

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Every track has a relentless vibe that nods to the danger zone from which it was performed, also demonstrating mastery of a form taken up by boogie-shoes wearing rockers from Edgar Winter to X. You may burn up listening to this eschatological collection.Weekly Alibi

PRESS for Alien Space Kitchen’s 2016 full-length album Some of This Is True: 

“Some of This Is True comes out of nowhere as a killer set of rock and fucking roll songs played by obvious fans of the less-than-serious side of their chosen genre. Shades of punk a la X, Descendents, Sex Pistols or even Santa Fe acts like The Floors (RIP) mesh with Breeders-esque vocals and a silly aesthetic that importantly reminds us that music needn’t be emotionally devastating to be valid. . . . Watch out for Alien Space Kitchen; they’ll sneak up on you and actually make you enjoy music on a level other than cerebral. And in case it wasn’t clear, that’s a good thing.” Alex De Vore, Santa Fe Reporter 

"Here is a tough-rocking but ultimately catchy-sounding Albuquerque trio who describe their sound as “garage-punk space-pop.” . . .  Like their first one, Some of This Is True has plenty of songs full of inspired nonsense about spaceships and even space people. The opening cut is called “Alien Agenda,” which starts off with a slow guitar riff that sounds like some serious Brit-folk-rock is about to be committed. Instead, the song explodes with one of the stronger rockers on the album. There are also the conspiracy-soaked “How to Fake a Lunar Landing” and “Welcome to Star 65." Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

"Songs are short, lyrics are delivered with twangy pop-punk style, bass lines have a groovy surf vibe and the guitar has the sharp repetition you expect from summer-time punk. “Some of This Is True” hits all the checkboxes you’d expect for making a solid garage-punk album." Bradly T. Schuman, Albuquerque Free Press 
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