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Alice Sweet Alice

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | INDIE

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | INDIE
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Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide's now at Elbo Room just in time to check out the rockin' as well as eclectic music of Alice Sweet Alice (cool Brooke Shields movie reference for a band name). From Kansas City, this band brought its blend of "electro" (off the keyboard) and "postpunkadelic" (off the guitars and drums) sound for a late-night performance. This reviewer enjoyed the lively kick heard within the edgy rock sound ...the bursts of energy instantly grabbed her attention inside the epic feel within each Alice song. At times, there was a fiery essence wafting from the guitar riffs and Ali Kat's vocals sparking that energetic vibe and momentum. Yet during the other times, SouthSide felt the crisp chill of the haunting momentum and rhythmic groove when Scott (on bass) took lead on vocals. This also brought out the dark psychedelic side of Alice's music to light ...more vibrant with a steady heart-pounding metal chords. Enthralled by the band's darkness, SouthSide rocked to songs such as Legends and Ambola (off Alice's current CD). She also suggests checking out Flight of Tonight and set closer Weeping Lily (a rockin' BANG of hard hitting riffs and dynamic vocals by Ali). SouthSide was thoroughly impressed by Alice's Chicago debut even though having some minor technical difficulties, blogspot readers, and she hopes they make a return appearance (or more) again in 2011. Visit http://www.alicesweetalice.com or http://reverbnation.com/alicesweetalice for more information.
- SouthSide On The Town, Chicago


Alice Sweet Alice (ASA) are newly based in Kansas City, and specialise in Psychogothic Darkwave. I admire musicians that work really hard and are commited to their cause and ASA are one such band. Fronted by Scott Martinez with a little help from Ali Kat, their music stirs up memories of Pink Floyd and even The Doors, more so on the tracks fronted by Scott. This, their second release like their first is not metal, but it sure is a decent slab of rock music. Do not expect an album here full of hooks and catchy choruses however, and I myself like to call this type of music 'thinking persons music'. 'These Old Shoes' kicks the cd off and is an uptempo little number featuring both Ali and Scott on vocals, while 2nd track in 'Synesthesia' has to my ears an 80s atmospheric style. A couple of my faves on the album however, have to be 'Flight of Tonight' showcasing Ali Kat's vocals to the fore, and 'It's My Time', a piano led ballad with strings attached, again feat Ali. Another fave track being 'Weeping Lily'. This is a good release, a kinda cd to chill out too, without chilling out too much. Get me drift? Check them out at www.myspace.com/asweetalice and then buy the cd. It gets released May 12th. 8/10 (Reviewed by Dave) - REVIEW by Ravenheart Music


Music Review: Alice Sweet Alice - Moloko and Ultraviolence
Eighties Touchstones, Modern Sensibility
Review by Pete Dulin.
Published: Friday, December 18, 2009


Alice Sweet Alice, a five-piece band from Kansas City, released their sophomore album Moloko and Ultraviolence in early summer 2009 on the indie label Cauldron Soundwerx. “Electropostpunkadelic” is not a helpful point of reference, as offered on the band’s MySpace site, given that the phrase can encompass just about any band that loosely fits in one of those genres. “Darkwave” is another tired description that never established an enduring place in the lexicon of music trends. How to describe their music?

Bassist Scott Martinez offers this explanation of the band's use of the term electropostpunkadelic: That's just a silly word for the different influences our music takes from. Some of our music is interlaced with arpeggiated synths, some has the punch and energy of double-kick drums, screaming guitars, and some has pretty strings, lush orchestral movements and pretty piano. Some of us grew up in the 80's and early 90's and so some of that post-punk influence is there, both American and European. Of course, '60s and '70s rock has always been something we've all listened to, so it can't help but appear in our music, with some of the Hammond organ and Vox piano sounds we use."


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Alice Sweet Alice and Chloe Day perform on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at recordBar.


Listen to Alice Sweet Alice: These Old Shoes, Synethesia, and Flight of Night



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Take the turbulent undercurrent of Joy Division, add edgy guitar-synth crunch and hooks ala Garbage, drop in the haunting post-punk of Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, a dash of Love and Rockets psychedelics, and polish the whole mix with angst-meets-curious inclinations inspired by The Cure's rhythmic urges. Something like that with a twist.

Alice Sweet Alice uses synth guitar, electric guitar effects, and piano to embellish the fundamentals of guitar, bass, and drums. Structurally, the songs have enough variety and interesting elements to hold up individually and as a body of work.

ASA’s strongest assets include bassist Scott Martinez and pianist Ali Kat, infusing vocals with a brooding, no-nonsense attitude and alluring nonchalance respectively. “These Old Shoes” demonstrated the band’s skill at layering droning psychedelic guitar over a slow grind drumbeat and bass. Her voice coolly takes control on the gentle comedown of “Jaded Addiction.”

“Synethesia” wriggles on a snake’s slithering belly of a bass line and atmospheric guitar effects. Compressed drumming and brief bouts of psychedelic guitar flesh out the sound. “Flight of Tonight” shimmers with a melodic piano line in distress and a quick beat. Ali Kat’s vocals sound crystalline and bright against the music’s dark romanticism.

Having lived through the Eighties as the soundtrack to college years, there’s a definite sense of familiarity to this music. Are the ghosts of Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, and other acts slipping across the decades to leave traces in the music of now? Perhaps, yet Alice Sweet Alice conjures a contemporary sound as well. There’s melodic muscular rock balladry (read: Evanescence) on “It’s My Time.” The track “Legends of the Po” bears an apocalyptic weight (read: Nick Cave) as if the Western world has gone straight to hell.

Moloko and Ultraviolence is alternately sweeping and wound tight, unabashedly dramatic and consciously remote, sexy as a Twilight vampire and coolly reserved as a diamond smuggler. Alice Sweet Alice references musical antecedents, nodding to touchstones if you will; however, they refuse to dress up in the worn black leather, velvet lace, or loud plaid of yesteryear’s goths, punks, and New Wave outsiders. They’re looking through the electropostpunkadelic kaleidoscope backwards and forwards, twisting and tweaking enough to craft a familiar sound with some idiosyncratic flourishes.

- Present Magazine, Kansas City


Alice Sweet Alice comes with the sequel “Moloko & Ultraviolence” that brings new set of challenges. Their debut album “First Light” was a magnificent record; huge production, anthemic tracks, warm buzzing guitars. It was the album where Alice Sweet Alice gained their audience. Where “First Light” was visceral “Moloko & Ultraviolence” is intellectual. The high points on the new album are many. The augmentation of the guitar/bass/drums with various instrumentation gives a broader palette than the previous title “First Light”. In terms of songwriting and the melding of this writing with arrangement and performance, the band seem to have really reached a zenith.

“Moloko & Ultraviolence” is an awesome body of work. It is stylistically thoroughly incoherent, although texturally quite even. It is just about works, capturing the same sense of mystery and archaic wonder suggested by the retro-style cover art, whilst aurally conforming to the fuzzy-distorted style of guitar-driven alt-rock popular in the last decade. There are so many emotions - yearning, anger, enchantment, alienisation, love, hope, frustration, that are painted very starkly inside the music.

What is the key to art? Edge. Edge comes from a sense of the unpredictable, the taking of risks, the possibility of failure. Doing something new that confronts our understanding of form. Sure, there are some misses here but you've got to take risks to come up with something as sensational as this. Comfortably the highpoint of this band's career and one of the top alt-rock albums out there.
- AMAdea Records, BULGARIA - AMAdea Records, BULGARIA


Perhaps the most outstanding thing about the Alice Sweet Alice is their seamless blend of alternative, neo-psychedelica and art-rock. The blasting electric riffs, sprawling melodies, and the whirling, sinuous guitars are all interwoven without so much as a sonic burp. At first glance, it seems like a fairly typical rock/alternative album, but upon further listening, the alluringly complicated music begins to filter itself fully into your brain.

Adventurious, brooding and expressive, "First Light" is a breathtaking ride into a majestic rock world all its own. Inventive and enticing, this is a modern classic.
- AMAdea Records, BULGARIA
- AMAdea Records, BULGARIA


Not sure exactly where this track got on this list because I have a couple of addresses for the band, both of which are in the links above. A new name to me, Alice Sweet Alice is 'darkwave from New England', an area justly famed for its leanings towards the dark side so a band seems only right somehow. A four peice band consisting of Scott Martinez (who seems to do everything except switch the lights off), Julie Cartonio on vocals and guitar, Jeffrey Galios on lead guitar and Ali Katon keyboards and vocals. If the name sounds familiar, it comes from a 1977 schlock horror movie which featured the dubious debut of one Brooke Shields.

Let's all take a deep breath right now...

Alice Sweet Alice (ASA) state that their material 'leans towards the macabre' and that certainly proves true musically, although I would have liked to have seen some lyrics. Defiantly rock based, Alone, has a muscular feel to it from the getgo and I was a bit surprised to see that they were not a gigging band because the track was nice and tight - the way it should be. One of my major technical problems with material of this kind is the often duff sound that accompanies it. If you are going to make music that describes the Crack Of Doom, it better fekkin well SOUND like it, know what I mean. Drums the size of England, guitars wider than oceans and a vocal that tears the heart from your chest.

Aye, it would be wise to gulp right now.

Having found no fault whatsever in the production, all comes down to the performance and songwriting and it is obvious that the skill doesn't just lie in the technical. ASA are a hard, intelligent sound in a sea of clones, sneakily substituting vocal phrasing, tone and delivery rather than the usual weepin' wailin' and general gnashing of teeth. It's a given then that someone like me would go for this track, it has pretty much everything I look for in a track. It isn't an instant ear-grabber right enough, but given enough time it definitely packs the right punch.

Highly Recommended 'darkwave from New England'

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- RebelRiffs


Discography

"ASA LIVE in KANSAS CITY" EP 2010
"MOLOKO & ULTRAVIOLENCE" LP 2009
"FIRST LIGHT" LP 2008
"GLASS HOUSES", 12/2008 Holiday Single
"3 TIDES", 9/2010 Single
"BROKEN MIRROR", 10/2010 Single
"DOESN'T MATTER", 11/2010 Single
"NOW I KNOW", 12/2010 Holiday Single

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Alice Sweet Alice are mavericks in the Alt Rock music world, defying any easy pigeonhole. In fact, ASA invented one word to describe their unique- and ever-evolving sound: “Electropostpunkadelic”. As one Kansas City reviewer described Alice Sweet Alice’s music: "Take the turbulent undercurrent of Joy Division, add edgy guitar-synth crunch and hooks ala Garbage, drop in the haunting post-punk of Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, a dash of Love and Rockets psychedelics, and polish the whole mix with angst-meets-curious inclinations inspired by The Cure's rhythmic urges. Something like that with a twist. Having lived through the Eighties as the soundtrack to college years, there’s a definite sense of familiarity to this music. Are the ghosts of Echo & The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, and other acts slipping across the decades to leave traces in the music of now? Perhaps, yet Alice Sweet Alice conjures a contemporary sound as well. There’s melodic muscular rock balladry (read: Evanescence) on “It’s My Time.” The track “Legends of the Po” bears an apocalyptic weight (read: Nick Cave) as if the Western world has gone straight to hell.”

Despite being 3 years old, and having 2 full-length albums and one live album under their belt, Alice Sweet Alice remains relatively unknown on their home turf. Quite the opposite has happened overseas, where via their eastern European distributor “AMAdea Records, Alice Sweet Alice has consistently remained at the top selling status with all three of their albums. In addition, in early 2010, Alice Sweet Alice got Top 15 Certification by the IAIRA for their holiday single, “Glass Houses”, quite a feat considering IAIRA monitors radio airplay all over the globe.

After a number of methodical and improving lineup changes over the past year, ASA is ready to take on their native audience and bring their music to the masses, first in the Midwest, and then to both US coasts, respectively. A tour of Europe is being planned for 2012 and promises to be quite an awakening for both the band and their eager European fanbase.