Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with hard rock band, We’re All Aliens.
1. How did you get started as a band?
Two former band mates who hadn’t seen each other in years, meeting by chance and saying “let’s form the band that we always wanted to be in when we fifteen.” It all flowed from there, only interrupted by one house collapsing twice, one divorce and a bout of cancer. It took longer than expected but we got there.
2. How would you describe your sound?
It’s the sound of Indiana Jones’s whip, Doc Brown’s flux capacitor when it hits 88 and the Millennium Falcon going into hyperdrive. It’s four on the floor, with a Marshall stack and tuning two steps down like beef from the Ewing barbecue.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
Influences change and are influenced daily. Acrostically speaking we’re currently influenced by: The Who, Elvis Costello, Rage Against The Machine, Elton John, Alice In Chains, Living Colour, Led Zeppelin, Alcatrazz, Linkin Park, INXS, Electric Ladyland, NWA and Sugarhill Gang.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
So in one sense it is easier than ever to release your music, but the reality is you still need big budgets if you are going to reach record company style numbers. Plus the revenues are very low for independent artists so it is a double edged sword. It is a help in terms of getting the music out there, but a hindrance in getting compensated for your art. The recoupable from Spotify are for example shockingly low. But we’ve got to keep trying to trigger the algorithm. How rock n roll is that? In all fairness, I implore anyone reading this and with even a casual interest in rock music, new music and our band, please find us on your streaming and social platforms and like, follow and share our band. It really helps.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Other than Laurent, we all have young families so spending time with them is central to our existence. Music, family and friends – what else is there?
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
I think tours right now for an emerging band such as ourselves are going to be really difficult to get when there is going to be a massive supply and limited demand with the impact of social distancing and the lockdown. The good news is that there is a big old internet out there just waiting to demand brilliant new music which is us to the letter. So we’ve got the follow up album, a sort of sequel to ‘Get A Life’ planned and the first single will be ready by the end of the summer. We will be doing gigs in support of this but they might have to be a bit different. Laurent lives in Paris so there are logistical things to consider. But we’re all aliens aren’t we?