Thanks to everyone who came out to the rock show last night! We are always very appreciative of every person that shows up. It was also great to have Brion Gamboa play guitars for us. He is a very talented musician and a great all around guy. We look forward to the continued writing on the new record and we will be in touch soon!
As you may have read, we have cancelled the 2.13 show at BB Kings. In an attempt to expand our brand we decided to give a booking agency a chance. With no disrespect meant to them, the band feels that the cover charge of $13 is too much to ask our friends and fans to pay. As much as we hate to cancel, it is the right move. People coming to shows are what allows us to continue to play music. We appreciate the $5 all ya all drop on a regular basis on our band to see us play and we will give you the respect back of trying to keep it as close to that as possible. We will focus our Feb on the 21st at the Rutledge which has been so good to us. Thanks for your support!
(photo courtesy of Amy Long) Thanks to everyone who came out to The End last night for the rock show! It’s always great to play a show with a bunch of awesome bands that are all friends and good people. ALKS had fun debuting our new power ballad Once Upon A Time. Our drummer Art killed it by playing drums for 3 of the 4 bands. As we look to find better ways to promote the band and get our music out there, we are trying something new with our next show on 2/13 at bb kings in Nashville by doing a discounted pre-sale. Details to come as we also continue to work on writing of the new record. Thanks ya’ll!
Merry Xmas or whatever it is you celebrate this week from ALKS! In an increasingly busy world where we spend most of our lives with our faces buried in cell phones, take the time to turn it off and enjoy your family and friends for a few days. You may just find that human interaction is fun! Go to andersonlayne.com and download our live album for free. ALKS will return to the stage January 17th at The End in Nashville TN. It will be our bass player Hank’s bday show so you won’t want to miss it!
We released our live record the other day…recorded at 3rd and Lindsley in August in Nashville, TN. I’m really proud of it. It shows what we did this year. Please download it for free at andersonlayne.com and tell your friends to do the same. We chose to release this through noisetrade.com for a few different reasons. First, people can choose to either download it for free or pay for it if they so choose. Instead of going on a moral tirade about art and money and how computers have crushed music lets just face reality…people are so used to getting music for free they will not pay very often. I would rather 500 people get the live album for free than 100 get it and pay. Second, I feel that it is kind of like giving something back to all the people who have come paid for our live shows this year. We are very thankful and it is the least we can do to give them a copy of this years memories.
It is called Live and On Fire because a. i think its an awesome live album title that would totally have happened in the 70’s…and b. the show we recorded was a benefit show for a local firefighter. The cover shot was taken by my little bro at a fire in Philly (he is a firefighter himself). We are very excited about what is to come in 2014. Lets all build this thing together!
ALKS wrapped up our first year of existence the other day at The Rutledge in Nashville Tn. We had a killer time and sure appreciate all the great people for coming out in 34 degrees and rain which is way colder than 25 and snowing. Anthem Lights lead off the bill with an amazing vocal performance. If only we could make girls scream like that! We then closed out the night and had a blast. We are very thankful as a band for all the support we have been shown this year! This coming Tuesday we will release our live record LIve and On Fire for free on andersonlayne.com. Next year look for a new record, more shows, shows out of Nashville, and just another great year of new friends and rock n roll. A good friend of ours gave Ray and I the above custom guitar picks. Very cool. Couldn’t be happier with where things are headed. Look for the intel on the live record tomorrow…keep it skeezy.
Is it bad to feel slightly justified to be friends with people you have been a music fan of for years? I don’t think so…it means you have put your work in. If you actually care about your passion in this case music, it’s not the photo shoots, the image, the things that come with it; it’s the hours spent alone learning and having fun that get you to a point where you can actually deserve respect. To all the kids out there…sell your video games and buy a guitar. If you want something it will not be given to you unless you earn it. Spend your time earning it every day for the rest of your life.
With the increase of local breweries these days, it’s easy to sometimes assume…well, i bet its ok. When Ray and Anderson of ALKS went to the new TN Brew works in Nashville this Thursday night they were very pleasantly surprised. Everything about this place is well done…first and foremost, the beer. Currently serving 5 brews in their tap room i reluctantly went though all of them thinking well this one is awesome must be the best one. Every beer they have is as good at the last. Now I know these are music posts but come on, ALKS loves beer. From the owner’s contagious enthusiasm to the hospitality of the staff this place is nothing short of first class. We had a blast playing the tunes acoustic and certainly hope to make this a place of continuing tradition. Fun was had by all! I was very concerned about being the acoustic guys in the corner which i hate both being that guy, and listening to that guy if I am somewhere where a guy like that is. The music to taproom set up is appropriately proportioned to allow for musicians to not be that guy, and for taproom goers not to be stuck with that guy. In other news the live record is done and ready! We are completing the steps for a quick release and look forward to giving everyone access to this fun representation of the touring (ha) year. Thanks for coming to the rock show and we will see you at The Rutledge on December 5th!
On Veterans Day after watching a generally insignificant monday night football game, I find myself realizing that the espn video compilations of soldiers coming home get me every time. Connecting this in some way to music, it reminds me of the time a band I used to play in did a USO tour to Thule air force base in north Greenland. Through a series of crazy events better left for another time, we ended up at McGuire AFB in New Jersey waiting for our C-17 to take us to a world of total darkness and ice to help ring in the New Year with our troops. When we were hanging around our waiting area with long hair, ripped jeans, and other trivial elements of cool, the soldier responsible for us let us know that a group of service men and women were about to walk through the area in order to board a few planes for Iraq. His next line is the one that got us, he said please show them respect because chances are not all of them will return. Immediately sober we watched a few hundred troops walk by armed to the teeth in complete silence. It was very apparent who the real rock stars were. Thanks to all veterans and current military.
We played a last minute acoustic gig at a place called Daisy Dukes in Nash. While the full band was certainly missed it was fun to show the songs in a different light. Things went well and we appreciate our friends the Wooly Mamas for having us out. Look for a big finish to the first year of ALKS coming us including the release of our first ever live record committing the evidence to tape…er 1’s and 0’s. We will look to do a fan event for those who have supported us over the first year. We are also in the process of planning the first annual anniversary and xmas party. yes it is like that broseph. Also, there is the long talked about country ep called Sink Holes and Alibis that I have been working on. It will be done soon and will be available for some reason in some format. Otherwise its hard to believe its almost been a year and we certainly appreciate our good friends dropping 5 bucks after 5 bucks to support what we do and believe me it is very appreciated and noticed. See ya’ll at the rock show…