Bad Astronaut

Bad Astronaut is an American indie/alternative rock band founded in 2000 by Joey Cape, singer from Lagwagon. In Bad Astronaut, Joey Cape explores a style of alternative rock, with lyrics often about deep and intricate personal matters.

Bad Astronaut
Bad Astronaut playing at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, California, on July 10, 2010
Bad Astronaut playing at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, California, on July 10, 2010
Background information
GenresIndie rock, punk rock, alternative rock
Years active2000–2006, 2010–present
LabelsHonest Don's
Fat Wreck Chords
Associated actsLagwagon
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Past membersJoey Cape
Marko DeSantis
Derrick Plourde
Angus Cooke
Thom Flowers
Jonathan Cox
Todd Capps

The band released its debut album, Acrophobe in 2001, followed by Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem in 2002 on Honest Don's Records. The band released its third and final album, Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment on November 14, 2006, on Fat Wreck Chords. Upon the album's release, Joey Cape announced, "without Derrick, there is no Bad Astronaut" on the band's Myspace page,[1] deciding the resulting record would be the last for Bad Astronaut. (Drummer Derrick Plourde committed suicide in March 2005.) Joey Cape expressed plans on releasing a b-sides album sometime in the future. Bad Astronaut reformed to play their first live shows in July 2010. They played four shows in California, with Mike Hale of In the Red and Joey Cape doing a solo act as the openers. On December 2, 2016, Fat Wreck Chords announced that Erik Herzog had died.[2]


Music videosEdit

  • "The Passenger" (2002)

Band membersEdit

  • Joey Cape – Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Marko DeSantis – Bass
  • Derrick Plourde – Drums (deceased)
  • Angus Cooke – Cello, Percussion, Vocals
  • Thom Flowers – Guitar, Vocals
  • Jonathan Cox – Keyboard
  • Todd Capps – Keyboard, Vocals
  • Erik Herzog – Drums (deceased)


  1. ^ "Bad Astronaut | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  2. ^ "Fat Wreck Chords". Retrieved 2020-04-01.

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