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"...The standouts of this effort are the quieter and more atmospheric tracks - the enthralling stripped back six-minute 'Softly Softly'; the soft, lilting, evocative near six-minute "Star"; and the sultry and tentative PJ Harvey-influenced 'Baby Cyclops'."
rating: 8/10 - Matt Reekie (LP review)


"At times spacious, at others busy, but never overly in your face. Utilising a paranoid/schizophrenic Industrial production ethic, with some great guitar parts, this is a listening record. I'm hearing Courtney Love and Mazzy Star getting fucked up, writing songs before dying, with a volume limited Bailter Space." - J Vanderwerff (LP review)


“…the 5-track EP the band have produced is certainly among the most unique sounds recorded by an Australian outfit thus far.

Sounding a little bit like a cross between Sonic Youth and Fur, Alien Christ have a real dark sort of sound that’s made evident on the opening track here, “Devil’s Bride”, which is a very cool number, though I preferred the epic “Wilted”, which travels through an amazing array of the band’s sounds, which take from such diverse genres as straight up rock, goth, electronic and a whole stack of others besides.

Also of big interest is closing number “Seven Years in A Box”, which brings a more punkish sound to the fore, though still with that dark undertone that pervades much of the rest of the songs. A brilliant debut release and one that should sit well for the band in lieu of their debut album."
hEARd rating: 9/10.
- Terry Allen (EP review)


Discography

Alien Christ (self-titled) EP END 002 (1999)
Alien Christ (self-titled) LP END 005 (2005)

Devil's Bride video: airplay on Rage, national Australian music video program

Airplay of current album in Australia:
indie FM stations in east coast cities, eg:
4zzz, fBi, 2ser, PBS
Airplay of current album overseas:
various indie/online stations
(last fm, pandora, college, etc)

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Bio

Sonically-driven, intense rock music with dark undertones, Sydney band Alien Christ’s music ventures across experimental rock, electronic, alternative and goth territories. Their music has been described as a “cross between Sonic Youth and Fur”; other comparisons have been Jesus and Mary Chain, Mudhoney, Suicide; and Mazzy Star, due to the beautifully cool vocals of Kym Blattner.

Alien Christ’s first EP (self-titled) featured spooky, jangly, trashy guitars with chunky electronic undertones. These songs possessed a wide range of dynamics and rythms, jumping and shifting from delicate acoustic chords to cataclysmic noise. The intensity which the band evoked within a rock song structure made for a fully-immersed listening experience.

On the LP, released in 2005, the band forged a strong rock sound from varied alternative sub-styles. A darkly chilled atmosphere pervades the whole CD. The music breathes with each new song as a real listening continuum, yet each song retains its individual vitality and structure. Shane Fahey’s production (Social Interiors, Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, Scattered Order) gives the record its spatial qualities and lingering afterglow.

Jas, Matt and Stu have each been defining new independent music for years. Distant Locust played with Christian Death in Florence; and with Laibach in Berlin. Jasmine toured major cities in the USA, playing in HISS, with support from DJ Spooky. Stu toured extensively in the USA with Viva Knievel, and with Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.

Matt Bright continues under the name of Alien Christ with a new lineup, and is now recording a new album to be released by Endgame later in 2006.