The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. The Echo. March 27, 2009.

"Thees ees dee ferst time in de United States of Amedeeeka!" squeeked the tiny blonde on stage, Mette Lindberg, lead singer of the Danish band The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. They have just come off of the SXSW high. We were able to catch them at The Echo before they head back to tour in Europe. They can currently be heard on the iPod Touch commercial and episodes of Gossip Girl.

On the right side of the stage stood the "industry peeps" while the rest of the crowd (a gaggle dressed in sailor hats and nautical attire for the Echo's Friday Night Club Underground from 12 am -2 am) mingled near the bar, glancing back from the stage to the 1960's movie projected on the wall.

Accompanying Mette on the stage were five radly dressed boys: Lars Iversen (bass, keys), Miloud Carl Sabri (trumpet), Sven Meinild (sax), Mads Brinch Nielsen (guitar, keys) and Rasmus Valldorf (drums). The drummer had no shirt, but instead a long tribal necklace. Other members sported head wraps and beads (think contemporary Keith Richards), retro suits and all were wearing sunglasses.

The band seemed to be having such a great time - it was party on stage. You can tell they live for this. Their music echoes the 60's soul vibe that has invaded the music scene the past couple years, but Mette's voice was not what you would expect with the accompanying music. She is no Adele or Duffy. Instead her voice has an unmistakable high-pitched, psychedelic sound. Mette's voice matches completely with their album, Around the Bend. Her soulful lyrics and band (complete with a horn section) brings a level of depth. They are the futuristic Jetsons of soul & Motown.

And now another homage to you dancers and lonesome individualists:

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