What a massive gap. Almost fell in!
In the three months it's taken me to write a new blog entry so much has happened! Really? Well kind of. YES. Ok, So ...
We are more awesome than ever before. This is TRUE. I have witnessed it my self. Only last Tuesday I was like 'Guys, we are so much better than last week'... The last time I wrote on here was 3 months ago. Imagine that! Think about it! If we're getting more and more awesome week by week, and I assure you, we are, then our trajectory is literally absolutely cosmic. We have a 50 minute set now. I was like "OMFG!" when we timed it. It was crazy. So, for the first time we are cherry picking what songs to play for gigs. This means you get a different experience first time, every time. 60% of the time you get a different experience every time. We played a show last week and didn't even play Reptile. Talk about controversial. Dave was distraught! We've got a gig in Manchester on Sunday and the set is OFF THE HOOK. I'm not even kidding.
Our EP is artworked and tangible and for sale. This is perhaps on a par with, or even better than point 1. The news is exciting because downloading mp3's and/or streaming them on the internet might appear like a worth while endeavor at first. You might think, 'This is great isn't it?' You can be checking your email and browsing information and so on whilst also streaming some hip new stuff on the internet... Wait a minute. Something's wrong.
Tell me, can you actually stream hip artwork? Perhaps you can. But can you FEEL it? I mean literally FEEL the way the wood has been pulped down and the fibers have been knitted together again in a smooth and sensual matt finish? Can you then FEEL the way the ink is eternally bound in a loving coital relationship to this wood-pulp using a space-age technique called 'screen printing'? Can you actually visually see the majestic artwork by Simon Walker with your very own eyes, (and I do mean THE Simon Walker) and not second hand, through a computer's monitor? (Now guys, computers like to think they know best, but they really fucking don't). Sure, you can print off your PDF but that's not the same. It was made by a machine! The ink wasn't pulled across that lovely firm hardened wood-pulp by a steady human hand. It was raped across by some horrible little mechanoid insect with wires in it.
This little package, our debut release, was made entirely by us and the friends we have around us. We have music performed by ALASKA. Music produced by our good friend Lewis Sleeman. Art work drawn by another friend Simon Walker, who I met through other friends Jonny and Joe who run Dots Printhaus. Artwork was screenprinted by Dots Printhaus. A comic strip drawn by Jordan Ramoth of the Black Leaf Company who I was at university with and who, incidentally, quit his job recently. (right on). You see whats going on here? It's a beautiful thing. And YES you read that correctly, there is a comic strip included in the package. It is based around the song Werewolf Women In Tow. How absolutely flipping unbelievable is that shit? Very.
All this can be yours for 3 GBP.
Did I mention all the discs were spray painted by me and Jonny? So every one is individual.
You can get your personalised ALASKA EP at any show until they run out. There are 100 in existence. Some might have been run over. Chewed up by dogs. Literally vanished into the ether. But they started out as a family of 100. And they are slowly but surely setting off on their own individual adventures.
Here is where all involved live. Apart from Si. No one knows where he lives.
We have completed a music video for our epic-yet-concise, mega-hit-in-the-making "GIRL".
Wow! Each of these points is important and awesome in it's own right! What a great 3 months ey?
The music video was directed and conceived by Stuart Ramsay, and was filmed over two days in various locations around Leeds. It will be shown in public for the first time at the end of January at an amazing "GIRL" premier party featuring ALASKA and some friends. More details to come on that... Ever seen a Vicar get pistol whipped in the face... With a RIFLE?
Until that rolls round you can watch this video from the 360 club, a live performance of that very same pumping-yet-tender love song "GIRL", which unfortunately is proceeded by rather a non-interview. Feel free to skip on forward! Tally HO!
Finally, looking/skipping forward.
-We have a Leeds Gig at the very hip Paper Dress Vintage's XMAS PARTY, which takes place on the 1st of December.
Information at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=175180059242188
-Dots will be printing some ALASKA t-shirts to sell at this gig, and future gigs, along with the EPs and also some of those ANCIENT ALASKA screen prints we did about a year ago. Only one of those got taken and it turned out it was STOLEN by Dave-bass-player's dad. Still.
-Teaser trailer for the "GIRL" movie experience will be hitting the net at some point soon.
-The "GIRL" Premier itself projected for January. More details to follow.
AND THAT"S ALL THE WEATHER.