(Young Astronauts Club) are a pop / alternative rock band, built around the vocals, guitar playing and songwriting of Neil Patrick Howlett.
Young Astronauts Club began to take shape in 1990 and immediately began performing to sold-out venues. The band released their critically acclaimed debut studio e.p. "The Basement Sessions" via their own label, Please Recordings, in conjunction with U.S.-based Parasite Records in 1991, while Neil Patrick Howlett was still at school. A bidding war ensued; the band chose to remain with their own record label and non-exclusively license material to various distributors and other labels via the burgeoning U.S. / European / Japanese underground rock music / d.i.y. scene.
"The Basement Sessions" attracted the attention of many prominent music figures and critics, particularly in the United States, and the band went on to record their second effort with producers Frank Padellaro and Jim Weeks (both known for their work with Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and others). Entitled "The Fourth Of July Sessions", the band emerged from the studio to the stage with a more focused and honed sound, garnering much attention and praise via the underground music world and alternative radio.
Later recordings (and eventual sub-projects, collaborations and solo recordings such as TPCC / The Poison Control Centre; Prize America; Stardust Memorial Park; Neil Patrick Howlett and others) include "Anger For Sale" (1993); "Six Plus Seven" (1996); "Turn On The Lights" (1997); "Nous Sommes Le Pouvoir" (1999); "Hi Fi International" (2003); "Electrum" (2005); "33" (2008); "Route 777" (2011); each of which pursue a decidedly ambitious musical direction, each album marking a distinct departure from previous musical terrain via shifting line-ups, experimental production techniques and unlikely collaborations.
300 million plus YAC-related albums later, the band is as strong as ever. A new album is scheduled for 2013 with the working title of "Stadia". Touring will ensue.