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Space Invaders from Alabama

By Kate Peterson

Space Invaders are coming here and bringing a great night of spacey entertainment our way. Man or Astro-Man? is a surf, space-rock band who’s been bringing their unique blend of music to audiences since the ‘90s.

Just to get an idea about this group, their names are Star Crunch (Brian Causey) on guitar, Birdstuff (Brian Teasley) on drums, and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard (Robert DelBueno) on bass guitar and electronics. As you can tell they have an affinity for the unusual. This transcends to their music style—a loud surf rock sound with some outer space elements mixed in. They often dress up in space suits, have a space/NASA theme on stage, use sample space sounds and references from movies and have an out of this world light show.

IN was able to tune in the right frequency and reach Brian Teasley, aka Birdstuff, founding member and extraterrestrial drummer for the band. Recently, he opened a music venue in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Bottletree is a café and bar venue where he is able to bring in people he has played with over the years. Bottletree is just where Teasley was when we had a chance to chat.

IN: How did the band form?
TEASLEY: Star Crunch [Named after the Little Debbie snack] and I were doing a lot of different things musically. It was a time when people were uber serious, everyone was into holier-than-thou indie rock that seemed it was sillier than being silly. We were home for Christmas from college, and got into my parents’ old records; Dick Dale and others caught our attention. Punk music appeared because it was fast, a no bullshit genre. No singing about girlfriends—punk rock mitigates that and is the perfect vehicle.

IN: Have you ever played with Dick Dale?
TEASLEY: We have played with him a few times. He is a trip. He came from another era of entertainment. He is boisterous, but he invented what we take for granted. He deserves the respect. What annoys me is those that are non-legends who act the same way.

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