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Alaska

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"PREMIERE: Alaska’s ‘Shrine’ is experimental post-hardcore that’s unafraid of a hook"

"No, Alaska is not from Alaska; the experimental post-hardcore quartet hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, of all places. And even calling them “experimental post-hardcore” is kind of a misnomer—the songs on their new album, the Sam Pura-produced Shrine, swell and explode like your favorite La Dispute tracks but have an inherent poppy quality of someone like Tiny Moving Parts, where even though the music might be chaotic, the energy being poured out is positive." - Substream


"EXCLUSIVE SPIN: ALASKA — HASHISH CHRISTO"

To name your band Alaska while being based out of Henderson, Nevada is to suggest a self-aware polarity. The jump this agile, nimble quartet has performed to make the leap from 2013’s Everything is Fine to their upcoming LP Shrine (their second for Soft Speak Records) attempts to bridge as many sonic connections as possible. Guitars remain spongy and sprawl throughout “Hashish Christo,” which bubbles up shimmering post-hardcore influences like a proud volcano overflowing with early-2000s homage. The vocals are what matches the percussive flexibility on display, as Joel Kirschenbaum’s regulated, rising voice apexes into an abrasive, defeated yelp while Nick Strader’s drumming pummels this track into thunderous ground. Alaska’s latest merges two spheres: the wobbly world of third-wave emo with the tight poignacy of intertwining, steadily angling alternative rock. The crash this intersection suggests doesn’t luckily fluctuate the band’s temperature too much.

Regulation is key, and it seems that Alaska has discovered it. - Modern Vinyl


"Staff Pick: Alaska - Shrine (2015)"

Alaska have a pretty interesting dynamic to them. As throaty and shouty as their post-hardcore/screamo brand gets (which really throws back to Leer), their guitar-intricate style shapes a beautiful musical canopy. Shimmery, dream-like and very evocative. Shrine marks their return after two years of traveling, writing and recalibrating their bearings. And it's a great stroke because they paint the album with broad strokes of what made them appeal early on in their careers while adding new influences and a reflective nature of life that comes with aging.

Most of the songs are patterned from a lovely, slow lull into a quick, riffy guitars. A lot of the album feels like toe meets Tiny Moving Parts in terms of guitar structures and the rapid dynamic Alaska love to peddle. "Hashish Christo" is a fine example of this. Then you've got tracks like "Slowburner", layered over the same indie/post-rock canvas but with a vocal attribute tuned a la Touche Amore meets La Dispute. Sam Pura's production feels very liberal and fluid. It's to this extent Alaska end up coming off more experimental than before. Rough-sounds well balanced with polished tinges from time to time (see "Beach Houser"). That said, each track sounds very different from the next. Despite all the existential woe mixed into the lyrics, Shrine feels like a silver lining, especially on the grating slow tracks. "We Think Of The Leader" is one of these, instrumental yet fitting to cap proceedings creatively, explicitly and expressively. The unifying themes and artistic variety on tap give the album a sense of almost uplifting continuity in the midst of a lyrical endeavor that is feverishly sad. And profoundly intense. Recommended. - Punk News


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