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Leeds, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"ALASKA @The Library 07/10/11"

360 Club veterans Alaska are looking very dapper this evening all suited and booted as they bring a healthy measure of surreal American to a Friday night in Leeds. Musically they borrow from garage punk, psychedelic rock and (dare I say) 'intelligent' indie; think Pavement meets Pink Floyd. Their songs are wonderfully unpredictable varying between sprawling and compact, surf influenced and desolate but all with equal capability. The reverb laden vocals fit well echoing the guitar which, at the start of 'Girl especially, is obscenely infectious. Their first performance here was outstanding and since then they have gone from strength to strength working their way up the bill. They are worth checking out for their fantastic drummer alone but as the set progresses they unveil the complex and accomplished sound which means they are rapidly becoming a 360 Club favourite. They have an exceptional understanding of how to make songs intricate but also accessible which makes for a captivating performance. Some of their more ambitious tracks have a distinctly American-South feel to them and wouldn't be out of place on a Coen brothers film soundtrack, indeed Alaska are the kind of band that wouldn't seem out of place in many settings far grander than this. - www.leedsmusic



1. Girl
2. Werewolf Women In Tow
3. Kylie

Released 27/01/12 with accompanying music video for Girl.

Available to buy from Bandcamp, available to stream at Soundcloud, video on YouTube. See for links.

Played on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, Leeds Met Student Radio and Leeds University Student Radio.



ALASKA hail from Leeds and create high energy, B-movie-influenced psychedelic garage rock with a surf-pop twist. They will play the Green Man Festival, Wales, in August 2012.

Nick John Henry sings songs about the darker side of the human condition and likes reverb. Brendan Campbell has been known to drum entire sets one-handed. Dave Fisher plays bass and invented a headset at university that makes you fall asleep. Guitarist Matt Humphreys was born in the Year of the Snake…

Telling tall tales of egg-stealing reptiles, werewolf women, drowned cowboys and prodigiously gifted skateboarders, ALASKA’s current roster of songs was written when thinking about the vast, sparsely populated wilderness of their namesake.

“Our name represents a surreal blank canvas onto which the songs are projected,” says Nick. “It doesn’t dictate the setting of the songs - it's meant to conjure up a feeling of isolated beauty that maybe hangs in the listener’s subconscious as they hear them.”

ALASKA released their self-titled debut E.P. in January 2012.

Keen to collaborate with friends and local creative talent, a limited edition CD release features exclusive artwork by Leeds graphic designer Simon Walker, lovingly screen-printed by Dots Printhaus. It comes with a free Jordan Ramoth comic strip inspired by the song ‘Werewolf Women In Tow’, while a video for ‘Girl’ was directed by Stuart Ramsay, of Shady Lane Films.

As equally in awe of The Kinks and The Smiths as they are of Talking Heads, Nirvana or Dylan, musically ALASKA is very much a transatlantic affair in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, Thin Lizzy or the Velvet Underground.

Nonetheless, the band’s dream job is to be the skeleton staff of a small town police department in the icy wilds of North America where nothing much ever happens. But when it does, it makes for one hell of a strange story…

The ALASKA E.P. is available to download now from Bandcamp.


“Their songs are wonderfully unpredictable, varying between sprawling and compact, surf-influenced and desolate. Some wouldn't be out of place on a Coen Brothers film soundtrack. Indeed, ALASKA are the kind of band that wouldn't seem out of place in many settings far grander than this.”
Leeds Music