Artist: Alcoholic Faith Mission

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Dad Rocks! - Mount ModernDad Rocks!
Mount Modern
Father Figure Records/Paper Garden Records

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The talent present on Snćvar Njáll Albertsson's debut full-length is undeniable. In the same creative neighborhood as the criminally underappreciated Alcoholic Faith Mission, Albertsson, an Icelander now living in Denmark, crafts lush pop soundscapes awash with his cleverly worded, sharp observations of contemporary life. The album is a distinct pleasure, perhaps the best of its kind to come out this year, but as with every album that is deemed "clever," Albertsson's "Mount Modern" has the tendency to occasionally be too clever for its own good: the instrumentation occasionally feeling a little too cute, the rich arrangements leaving the shadowy side of the street in order to frolic in the sun, and the lyrics can, with repeated listening, lose some of their initial charm. That said, I'll take an album that is sporadically too smart, too layered, too happy, and too charming over the limp, anemic indie pop offerings that get hyped every other week. And when Dad Rocks! gets it right, he really gets it right -- like you want to make a mixtape for a friend with tracks off "Mount Modern" right. "Take care", one of the many highlights, balances itself perfectly between detached cynicism and intimate despair, both in its musical and lyrical approach: "And they watch the military fireworks and talk about traveling light, and there's a global spread of wasted lives which we'll later take care of with knives." "Mount Modern" is a soundtrack for those who find beauty in the winds tearing the last of the autumn leaves from the trees, who appreciate the descent into winter because they are hopeful for the spring.
- Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

New album from Alcoholic Faith Mission in October

The new Alcoholic Faith Mission album "Ask me this" will be released on October 3.

Festival report: SPOT Festival 2011

Festival report: SPOT Festival 2011

Alcoholic Faith Mission - Legacy (video)

Alcoholic Faith Mission have a new video for the tune "Legacy": http://vimeo.com/20893382

Off the Record: Alcoholic Faith Mission

Check out Alcoholic Faith Mission performing for Finnish live music site Off the Record: http://offtherecord.fi/alcoholic-faith-mission-den/

Alcoholic Faith Mission - Running with insanity

Alcoholic Faith Mission are giving away the title track of their new EP "Running with insanity" as a free download: http://soundcloud.com/papergardenrecords/alcoholic-faith-mission-running-with-insanity

Alcoholic Faith Mission to North America

In addition to being confirmed for SXSW, Danish act Alcoholic Faith Mission will also be hitting up Canadian Music Week and doing a few gigs in NYC:

03/09 - Rancho Relaxo (CMW), Toronto
03/11 - The Dakota Tavern (CMW), Toronto
03/13 - Littlefield, New York City
03/15 - Knitting Factory, New York City

Alcoholic Faith Mission - My eyes to see (video)

Danish act Alcoholic Faith Mission have a new video for the song "My eyes to see": http://www.vimeo.com/17991064

First draft picks for SXSW 2011

Early confirmations for SXSW 2011 include Alcoholic Faith Mission, Giana Factory, FM Belfast, Spleen United, WhoMadeWho and Those Dancing Days. Full list: http://sxsw.com/music/shows/bands

Alcoholic Faith Mission on the road

Updated tourdates for Denmark's Alcoholic Faith Mission:

05/21 - Spot Festival, Aarhus (DK)
05/23 - Astra Stube, Hamburg (GER)
05/24 - Bang Bang Club, Berlin (GER)
05/25 - Scheune, Dresden (GER)
05/26 - Pod Minoga, Poznan (POL)
05/27 - Glashaus, Bayreuth (GER)
05/28 - Museumskeller, Erfurt (GER)
05/29 - Südstadt, Munich (GER)
05/30 - Heimat, Regensburg (GER)
05/31 - Café Video, Gent (BEL)
06/01 - Gleis 22, Münster (GER)
06/03 - Feinkost Lampe, Hannover (GER)
06/04 - Nato, Leipzig (GER)
06/12 - Start Festival, Copenhagen (DK)
07/08 - Drucklufthaus, Oberhausen (GER)
07/09 - Festival de la Cite, Lausanne (CH)
07/10 - La Pampa Festival, Görlitz (GER)

Alcoholic Faith Mission - Let this be the last night we careAlcoholic Faith Mission
Let this be the last night we care
PonyRec/Paper Garden Records

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My first exposure to Alcoholic Faith Mission was quite pleasant, but, with the exception of a few tracks, it was not an enduring experience. Still, I knew there was something there, a delicate concept that had not fully formed on "421 Wythe Avenue". In my review I compared the group to acts such as Broken Social Scene and fellow Danes Slaraffenland, whose "Private cinema", while a far more ethereal work, is a kindred spirit of Alcoholic Faith Mission's gentle, yet driven take on pop music. I also noted that "There is a tragic beauty here, one that blends the emotional registers of Mixtapes & Cellmates and Moonbabies, yet remains quite distinctively an original construct, and it is this ingenuity that sets Alcoholic Faith Mission apart from many of their contemporaries." All of this remains true on "Let this be the last night we care", but the promising intimations are now fully realized -- while retaining the airy, spacious attributes of "421 Wythe Avenue", there is an anthemic, Arcade Fire-like quality permeating the compositions; for fear of waxing poetic, it is as though the intricate clouds of dust of their previous effort have found a way to manifest themselves in a more concrete fashion. "Let this be the last night we care" is brilliant -- engaging even at its most haunted and distraught moments, such as "Sobriety up and left"; moving even when playful; gorgeously layered and focused, all in the same breath. I have had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a number of very strong albums over the past few weeks, and still Alcoholic Faith Mission's stands out from the crowd. It's rare to stumble upon an album like this, one that is reminiscent enough of other acts as to be somewhat nostalgic and yet remains so markedly unique, capable of reminding us where we've been while concurrently functioning as our soundtrack to the present.
- Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Alcoholic Faith Mission in the US

Danish act Alcoholic Faith Mission will do a short run of US dates in late April:

04/28 - Windup Space, Baltimore, MD
04/29 - Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
04/30 - DIY Space, Brooklyn, NY
05/02 - TT The Bear's, Boston, MA

New Alcoholic Faith Mission album in March

has confirmed that Danish act Alcoholic Faith Mission will release their new record "Let this be the last night we care" on March 5. Samples at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/alcoholicfaithmission

Alcoholic Faith Mission to the US, Japan

Danish act Alcoholic Faith Mission has signed international deals with Paper Garden Records/Team Love for North America and Quince Records in Japan. Look for the band's album "421 Wythe Avenue" to be released in both territories early next year and for the band to tour in support.

Alcoholic Faith Mission - 421 Wythe AvenueAlcoholic Faith Mission
421 Wythe Avenue
PonyRec

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Denmark has established itself as a sanctuary for offbeat pop musicians. I was easily won over by Slaraffenland's "Private cinema" and Larsen & Furious Jane's "Zen sucker", to name just a few, and it is within this eccentric, peripheral vein of pop music that Alcoholic Faith Mission exist. On "Gently", which begins (and continues on as) a lavish, beautifully layered composition, a female vocalist delicately sings: "Just 'cause I'm a whore, you know it doesn't mean I don't feel it when you fuck me." This strange juxtaposition of the beautiful and the base continues on in the next track, "Nut in your eye", a track that by name alone should be on a throwaway hip-hop album, but in substance falls not too far from the realm of Broken Social Scene. "421 Wythe Avenue", while moving away from the resplendent/sexual parallelisms, continues on musically in much the same way as the opening tracks -- ethereally layered electronic elements and vocals, solid acoustic and electric guitar work, all tethered to shifting centers and uncertain musical landscapes. There is a tragic beauty here, one that blends the emotional registers of Mixtapes & Cellmates and Moonbabies, yet remains quite distinctively an original construct, and it is this ingenuity that sets Alcoholic Faith Mission apart from many of their contemporaries.
- Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson