We’re All Aliens – LPL
14th February 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm£3.00
IN THE BASEMENT!
We’re All Aliens plus guests
There was a moment at the beginning of 2019 when Merseyside Hard Rock Band We’re All Aliens debut album looked like never happening. With studio time booked and a tour in the offing, the band’s plans were totally derailed by singer JJ’s cancer diagnosis.
“I was told the cancer was treatable but I might never sing again” says JJ.
With this in mind, the first single ‘I Am An Alien’ hastily appeared to create the beginnings (or the endings) of a rock’n’roll footprint that had been sketched out by JJ and his long time collaborator and guitar player Biff. Drummer ‘The Big A’ and Parisian Anglophile Laurent Barucq completed the picture.
The band entered Neon Palms studios in Northwich, with no one really sure if the band had a future at all given the question marks over the health of their singer. Sessions took place in between operations and radiation treatment resulting in the album and title track ‘Get A Life.’ It’s the urgent sound of a band in a hurry, playing quite literally, as if their future depended on it.
With flavours ranging from late 80’s anthemic with a hint of chilli pepper groove to the gnarly post grunge of Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden, it’s a sound firmly rooted in the US rock genre, one foot on the monitor and a fist in the air. The lyrics betray a thoughtfulness that lends itself to that slightly more English sensibility and its a concoction that works like a charm.
“In the end, just getting the record made felt like a dream come true in itself.” continues JJ.
The album starts with ‘Get A Life’ and finishes with ‘Second Chances. They bookend and ink the album thematically suggesting a willingness for everyone to get out there and live their best life. The other songs develop themes around humanity and a an optimism to connect people together. It has all the youthful optimism attached to that ambition, but the knowledge, experience and expertise of the real life grown up world.
The title track and the follow up ‘Where Do You Stand’ carry all the provocative hall marks of a classic hard rock band eager to make its mark. It’s the sound of their fifteen year old selves record collection with all the optimism to boot. The playing and the songcraft however is the sound of grown up experience, weary of the times but optimistic for the future.
“We believe rock’n’roll can save your soul,” says Biff.
We’re All Aliens debut will be released on February 07 2020 and is available for preorder now. The title track has received a great response from the rock radio community getting airplay on platforms such as the Johnny Doom show on Kerrrang.
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