As part of the surf revival movement of the early 1990s, Man or Astro-Man? specializes in a slightly different variation on the genre. Self-described as space-age surf, the band formed in 1992 and originally consisted of members who went by such off the wall aliases as “Birdstuff” (drums), “Star Crunch” (guitar), “Dr. Delecto & his Invisible Vaportron” (bass), and “Electronic Monkey Wizard” (on something called “alternate-universe bass”).
Man or Astro-man? issued albums at an extremely brisk rate throughout the 1990s, and the group has been able to successfully overcome the defection of two original members (Dr. Delecto and Star Crunch). Man or Astro-man? eventually went on hiatus but reformed in earnest in 2010, playing a handful of shows while working on new material. The band began releasing music again, starting with “Defcon 5…4…3…2…1” (2013).