Bio & Press
Alien Space Kitchen (ASK) is not Alien, not Spaced-out, and not a Kitchen. ASK is a New Mexico based garage-rock trio that has been delivering powerful space pop to the people since 2010. The year 2021 finds ASK working on another installment of the ASK EP Project. Mixing is well underway on Volume 6: After the After Party, the next volume in a series of themed EPs. Volume 5: Surfing the Psychedelic Swamp was released on Halloween of 2020, and Volume 4: why ASK why came out in March of 2020. Previous volumes in the EP series are The Golden Age of Climate Change (February 2019), Give Punk a Chance (June 2019) and Return of the Muckrakers (September 2019).
For ASK's origin story, rewind a few years back to Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010, where Dru and Noelle formed ASK with a name based on a short story Dru was writing at the time. The result was the duo's 2012 release Just ASK, which received Best Rock Album of the year in the New Mexico Music Awards. Then Dru and Noelle decided to form a legitimate power trio. Enter "Mess" Messal. He toured the world with indie rock bands Flies on Fire, Vitamade, and VOMF before taking a break from the LA madness and moving back home to NM. In July of 2013 the bloodshed began. During ASK's first rehearsal Mess's fingers were bleeding from playing so hard. He informed Dru and Noelle "I haven't rocked that hard since LA." The three haven't stopped rocking since. In 2016 they released Some of This Is True, a full-length record that's available on vinyl. Rock on Space Brothers & Sisters!
PRESS for Alien Space Kitchen’s 2019 EP Return of the Muckrakers:
The first track that really grabbed me here is “This Will Take Time,” one of the group’s trademark cheerful doomsday ditties. This one features the refrain, “The world is in denial/We’re in a downward spiral/We’re dancin’ with the Devil every day …” —Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican
By using a pop-tainted mid-’60s sound that is part The Fugs and part Paul Revere & the Raiders, this reckoning works, especially on my favorite track, “Police Brutality.” Homegrown and heady.—Weekly Alibi
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 messages—how to cope when the world is headed for a boiling point—Vaughter 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
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