Sign to Birdman
records to release Topspin special edition 50 page book; new LP coming soon.
By Blurt Staff
The Aliens, featuring former membes of the Beta Band, are
creating a special limited-edition 50+page hard cover book, all color, and high
rising book which will also house the record. The book will include drawings, poems,
film stills, photographs, interviews…all done in the standard Alien manor.
This special edition item will be sold through the Birdman website using
Topspin’s Direct-to-fan marketing and distribution platform. Topspin technology
helped power recent indie releases from David Byrne/Brian Eno, Metric, and
re-issues from the Beastie Boys. The book will be available for pre-order in
Formed in 2005 these Aliens have history – between them they have been behind
some of the most enthralling British music of the last decade. John Maclean and
Robin Jones where members of the Beta Band. Gordon Anderson was a founding Beta
Band member who went on to record two albums under the Lone Pigeon moniker.
In March 07 they released their first album “Astronomy For Dogs” to a hearty round of applause from the critics
scoring 4 & 5 stars across the board – comparisons were along the lines of imagine The Velvet Underground gone Punk. Woven
from the threads of Anderson’s genuine heartfelt
songs, the Aliens sstart with Anderson.
He brings his acoustic-guitar-and-vocals demos to Maclean and Jones, and
together the three of them crank up their computers and record collections and
work out what breaks, beats, samples, noises and ideas will work best to
(techni) colour-in those song sketches.
After their release 2007 was a busy year with UK & US
tours & festivals. It ended with a cultural exchange trip to the Congo with Africa Express and Damon Albarn,
playing with some of the most celebrated musicians in Africa
and the West. The trip left the band creatively refreshed, musically
rejuvenated and with a renewed faith in the fact that music is a celebration. With
this new renewed energy they started recording their new album in an isolated,
ramshackle studio in a small Scottish village, self produced the band embraced
their freedom from the major record label machine enabling them to explore each
track with the focus and wilful experimentation upon which they thrive. Luna is the sound of The Aliens fully
realizing their extra-terrestrial musical vision. In September 08 they made a
welcome return with the release of Luna on
their own label Petrock Records. They managed to deliver an album that manages
to outshine their widely acclaimed debut. It’s a mesmeric, psych tinged,
honeycomb folk-pop masterpiece allowed to run free & has been drawing
comparisons to Fink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of
The Moon’. Meanwhile, the Aliens are always a thrilling proposition live,
expect the unexpected…. it’s an unmissable, fist-in-mouth experience that
showcases the band’s infectious energy and their frontman’s magnetism.