A music blog from Ireland.
Back in November I compiled my 2010 music recommendations with Chris Jones for AU Magazine. When it comes to hopes, this year I’d really like to hear Alias Empire‘s second album. I still play their first album Unexpected Falls, it’s solid and reminds me of the great gig the band played as Dry County in Whelans before they changed their name. Wondering what they’d been up to, I found this clip of Stop Proceed tonight which set me off on a fresh jag of their 2007 debut. The main vid was uploaded on my birthday which is irrelevantly deadly.
I think the new Alias Empire we’ll hear will be sharper, Dry County songs were green contenders with elaborate, imaginative structures that had loads going on. It all gelled into a strong album that held its own against Super Extra Bonus Party and Chequerboard but I’d say they’ve learned a lot in the last few years, the newer remixes hint at interesting changes. The fact it’s taking a while to release the follow-up makes me think it’ll be all the better for the wait.
Along with photoshoot footage, radio sessions, studio and rehearsal recordings, there’s plenty over on YouTube. Every band should have a decent collection of vids but the most creative types get compiling proper visual displays for their live shows which can be the next best thing to commissioned films. Admittedly this material is bit old and the band are readying a second album but the example stands: making an extra effort really does count.
That’s pretty much the whole album set to visuals. Alias Empire also have a nifty website set up with cool stuff like a free remix EP, the Unexpected Falls album stream and loads of photos. Registered users get free passes to gigs and other fundries.