Astraea is a conceptual gypsy-fusion band based in Philadelphia, founded by Erica Daubert and Rab Speese in 2013. Their bold and exotic minor-keyed tonalities drive folk-inflected songs from aggressive fight anthems to melancholic dream sequences. As their sounds of yesteryear reverberate with echoes of the gypsy caravan, the carnival and the high seas, their evocative lyrics telling engaging stories, replete with humor, social consciousness and satire. Within their music, they have created and weaved together a conceptual post-apocalyptic dream world, in which there are often revolving themes of folklore, mythology and ancient monolithic societies. Though Daubert and Speese are the creative core of Astraea and often perform as a two-piece acoustic act, they also have a rotating cast of backing musicians that they bring in for different live performances, making each show uniquely different and surprising fans with a constantly evolving sound. Not afraid to mix things up, Astraea delights in changes of tempo, time signature and key, deftly keeping things lively and interesting.

backing vocals

ABOUT US

"It’s safe to say that [Astraea] is unlike any other band in Philadelphia right now. They’ve played many great venues, including The Trocadero. They’re going to constantly amaze us with their theatrical performances, unique sound, and thought provoking lyrics. Each show is an experience from start to finish."

-BOB KAPLAN, THE ODYSSEY ONLINE

guitar - sitar - vocals/lyrics

junkyard percussion 

RAB SPEESE

MEET THE FAMILY

percussion

upright bass - tuba

JEFF NEWELL

Astraea

(music made by humans)

PRESS

backing vocals

vocals/lyrics - pump organ - piano

ukulele - percussion

“With a band called [Astraea], you'd probably be expecting something like Wham, Boy George or even Robbie Williams. Instead you get a group from Philadelphia that sounds more like Rasputina than anything else. Like Rasputina, “Ubuntu” has an eclectic sound that will only be appreciated by people who are open to all types of genre. The sound is intoxicating, and sweeps up and around you like some type of magic for an interesting ride. While there are undoubtedly some Rasputina vibes, there is something very Tori Amos about the lyrics. There isn't an exact genre that [Astraea] can be put under but world and folk are a good start. Anyone who appreciates exotic sounds along with the mix of sitars, ukuleles and other instruments seldom used in mainstream radio hits should have a listen to “Ubuntu” - and no, it isn't about the OS of the same name.”

-GABRIELLE AZI, SONG LADDER

ALIX PAUL

ERICA DAUBERT

TIFFANY FREED

"[Astraea] changes the game in many ways. It's just as much about the performance as it is about the music. They bring many different forms of art to the stage. Each show is different than the last. If you go to see [Astraea] multiple times, you will not see the same show twice."

-BOB KAPLAN, THE ODYSSEY ONLINE

LORETTA ALLEN