Although follow-ups like 2001's Hot Shots II and 2004's Heroes to Zeros enjoyed critical acclaim and consistently reached the upper rungs of the British pop charts, the Beta Band was openly critical of its own efforts and played a farewell show in Edinburgh on December 5, 2004. Shortly after the split, Maclean and Jones resumed their collaboration with Anderson as the Aliens, and the trio made its studio debut in mid-2006 with an EP titled Alienoid Starmonica. Eschewing the Betas' dub and trip-hop influences for psychedelia and glam, the record earned a positive critical response and set the stage for the full-length Astronomy for Dogs, released one year later.
Gordon Anderson struggled with health problems throughout the first half of 2008, prompting the Aliens to cancel a string of shows and briefly shelve their plans for a second album. Upon his recovery, the group performed at several European festivals and found time to record Luna, which was released in the U.K. later that year. A stateside release followed in 2009. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi