When you first find out that we’ve signed a “rapper,” you might do a double take. But when you learn that Minneapolis-based musical mastermind Andy Bothwell, better known by his stage name Astronautalis, spent multiple summers on the Vans Warped Tour, and counts people like Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad among his personal friends, then the news of his signing to SideOneDummy should come as no surprise. Honestly, we have a lot in common with him and we can’t wait to release the brand new Astronautalis album in 2016!
Today, fans can hear “SIKE!,” a blistering new single from Astronautalis. Produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Bill Callahan) and beat by Adam Pickrell (St. Vincent), it’s a feisty and assertive track featuring horns by Reggie Pace (Bon Iver, No BS! Brass Band) that The A.V. Club declares is “brimming with energy and befitting of its exclamation point.”