American shoegazing project by Scott Cortez which has included, Melissa Arpin-Duimstra, Mahogany, Majesty Crush, Dark Red, Paik, Xebec, Coaltar of the Deepers, Airiel, New Canyons, Gel Set, and other members. Their sound has been compared mainly to that of My Bloody Valentine. Astrobrite began in 1993 as a solo project and, in 1995, the band expanded in order to tour. Astrobrite, as a live unit, went on an initial hiatus in 1997 and Scott Cortez moved to Toledo, Ohio, for six months. During this self imposed sequestering he did not work, and only focused on recording material. Early in 1998, he relocated to Chicago.