Andrés Nusser and Octavio Caviares met at the Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza in Chile where they were enrolled as students. The other members knew each other from the DJ scene in Santiago. Astro formed in 2008 when Nusser agreed to perform at a ski resort in southern Chile in exchange for a free 3-day stay there. Unfortunately, Nusser did not actually have a band, so he formed one with Caviares and members of Moustache!, a duo made up of Nicolás Arancibia and Daniel Varas. Astro cites Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Genesis, and MGMT as early influences on their music.
In 2009, Astro released its first EP titled Le Disc de Astrou. The next year the band performed at Vive Latino, the Mexican music festival. The quartet released its first full-length album, Astro, in 2011. Despite being entirely in Spanish, the album received attention from American music critics. NPR Music featured the album as part of its First Listen series in 2012. Jasmine Garsd called Astro one of her favorite albums, referring to it as “infectiously cheery, lighthearted and danceable.” She described Astro as musical cognates with American bands such as MGMT, Animal Collective, and Passion Pit.
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