“Astro” — related to the stars, celestial objects, or outer space. We wish upon stars, we dream of traveling among them. “Gala” — meaning a party, festival or pageant. In short, a celebration. Eugene band Astro Gala combines these words in their name. And with songs like “Blame” and “Free to Roam,” they celebrate all things starry-eyed — not as something slight or inconsequential but something bold. For the band, to dream is to step into the unknown.
The musical connections of longtime friends, a serendipitous Craigslist find, Martinez’s unexpected vocals and a victory at Eugene recording studio Sprout City’s Battle of the Bands this summer propelled the band out of infancy and into something more serious, and the sound is beginning to gel.