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"Q Music News - "Champions Return Home""

Brisbane-based Rock band, ASTRALALIENS, arrive back home after a triumphant year in America, which culminated in the band toppling 35 Los Angeles bands to win the Grand Final of the 2009 LA Rock Band Championship “The Battle for Los Angeles”.

Held in Hollywood, The Battle for Los Angeles had a pre-selected field of 36 top L.A. bands, that fought out 6 semi-finals on the way to the Grand Final, which the ASTRALALIENS won by a large margin in both the audience’s and judges’ voting.

The ASTRALALIENS have just concluded their second round of US dates, appearing at many of Hollywood’s renowned music venues, including appearances at The Viper Room, Key Club, Knitting Factory, The Mint, Whisky A Go-Go, The Derby and other prominent venues.

ASTRALALIENS’ members are no strangers to band competitions, having won several in Australia. Originally known at home as De Jah Dan Dah, they rose to local prominence by winning the “Bandfest” rock contest in Brisbane. Soon after, they won the "Best Radio-Friendly Band" title at the finals of "ROCKSTAR…The Real Deal!", the Brisbane rock band search held at Dreamworld and sponsored by Triple M, Coca-Cola and Wizard Records. As a result they were signed by Australian independent label, Wizard.

Myspace: www.myspace.com/astralaliens - Q Music Newsdesk


"RealTVFilms - "Night of 100 Stars""

After that we went onto the Naked Catering Party with Pieps Chef Extraordinaire at the 9900 club in Bev Hills. Fortune Vodka was on hand pouring and pouring their terrific vodka. Performing was Sasha Campbell sister to Supermodel Naomi Campbell. The music was 90’s covers and was just okay. The sushi was great and I really wanted more, but since there was vodka, eh, who cared by then. It was a fun atmosphere with mostly models and up and coming musical talent including a new band from Australia called The AstralAliens. Now I would have preferred to hear these lads up there. Their sound is a hybrid of Rock & Pop with soulful undertones. These guys were really cool and will be here in L.A. until April at local venues. Check them out on www.myspace.com/astralaliens

Stay tuned for more exciting fashion news from Realtvfilms as we hit the red carpet events. - RJ Barajas


"Street Scene Weekly LA - "ASTRAL ALIENS WIN THE LA BAND COMP 'BATTLE 4 LA'""

With much anticipation, the line of fans stretched out the door and onto the street as they waited to pay entry into the Finals of The "Battle 4 Los Angeles" Band Comp. Two weeks had passed since AstralAliens had won their rightful place here among 36 of LA's top unsigned bands, and their numerous and dedicated followers found their places from wall to wall as the band went about getting ready for their set.

With a mighty, “One, two, three, four!” count from Chaz, the band exploded and the night commenced as the crowd began to jump and dance in their place. Now the set was running to plan, until to everybody’s surprise when AA began playing ‘Both Ways’, a nameless female audience member rushed the stage and used this opportunity to relive her dancing days with the AstralAliens. It wasn’t long before she was stripped down to nothing but a thong, leaping about the stage and lying all over the equipment, bearing all for a surprised audience and band.

A crowd pleaser indeed, but after she started pushing Jake and knocking over Chaz’s drums, security stood in and took a stand against the robeless temptress, and much to her disappointment, removed her from the stage.

Following her departure, the show continued on. As Jake gave a good taste of a serenade to all the American girls in the audience, Eric was finding all that he could to climb on, towering the audience so that they could get a better view of his extensive and extreme finger work. Mabs had all hands in the air with his leveling screams while Chaz kept them dancing with his solid and thunderous backbeat.

And then while the crowds finally filed out of the exit as the night came to an end, cheers could be heard from every room and outside the venue as AstralAliens were announced the WINNERS of the 2009 Battle for Los Angeles!!!! - Mandy Brewer


"Music Connection LA - "Aussies Win US Band Battle""

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"Music Connection LA - "Astral Aliens Invade KROQ""

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"All Access Magazine - "Astral Aliens - Coming To A Club Near You""

Recently I had the pleasure of catching up with a new up and coming band, The Astralaliens, formerly known as De Jah Dan Dah. They formed about two years ago in Australia and have already been called “Australia’s Hottest New Band.”

The Astralaliens are: Australian brothers Jakob & Mablo Fehres, American singer/guitarist Eric Slater and drummer Chaz Stockham. Frontman Jake Fehres explains: “Astralaliens is a play on words, with us being Australians, and our music sometimes being other-worldly, it just seems like a supernatural fit!” The band has also taken on the title of “Best Radio Friendly Band” at the finals of “ROCKSTAR The Real Deal.”

They also had the pleasure of being the opening act for Team Sleep, the Deftones’ side project, on their down under tour. - Erin O’Neill


"All Access Magazine - "Astral Aliens on their 2nd Tour Win Battle 4 LA Band Comp""

Aussie Band ASTRALALIENS Wins”The Battle for Los Angeles”
The Brisbane-based band, the ASTRALALIENS, has toppled 35 of Los Angeles’ best bands, winning the 2009 Grand Final of “The Battle for Los Angeles”.

Held in Hollywood, starting at the now-closed Club Derby and finishing at Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, The Battle for Los Angeles had a pre-selected field comprising 36 of L.A.’s best drawcard bands, that fought out 6 semi-finals, culminating in the Grand Final on Saturday night. The ASTRALALIENS won by a large margin in both the audience’s and judges’ voting.

The ASTRALALIENS are now on their second tour of L.A. clubs, appearing at many of Hollywood’s leading music venues, including multiple appearances at The Viper Room, Key Club, as well as The Mint, Whisky A Go-Go and other prominent venues.

The ASTRALALIENS’ members are no strangers to band competitions, having won several of them back in Australia. They first rose to prominence there by winning the “Bandfest” rock contest in their home city, Brisbane. Soon after, they won the “Best Radio-Friendly Band” title at the finals of “ROCKSTAR…The Real Deal!”, the rock band search held at Dreamworld and sponsored by the Triple M Radio Network, Coca-Cola and Wizard Records. As a result they were signed by Wizard, one of Australia’s leading independent record companies and producers.

Before leaving on their first trip to the U.S. in September 2007, they were Runners-Up in the Australian Grand Final of the Jim Beam National Band Competition, as well as the Winner of the Queensland State Final of the World Battle Of The Bands contest.

The ASTRALALIENS consist of the brothers Jake Fehrés (vocals/bass) & Mablo Fehrés (vocals/guitar), Eric Slater on vocals and lead guitar, and Chaz Stockham on drums. The front line are all seasoned Karate practitioners, and martial arts katas and the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo form an integral part of the ASTRALALIENS’ unique stage performances.

Jake Fehres says: “We’ve really begun to take off on this trip to the U.S., getting hundreds of thousands of hits and plays on our myspace page, and pulling good crowds when we play live. It’s really a thrill to come from Brisbane to America and be so competitive with some of the best bands here.”

The ASTRALALIENS are the latest in a long line of major Australian artists who were discovered, produced and launched in Australia and Internationally by Wizard Records. Those artists, including Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Tommy Emmanuel, Marcia Hines, Daddy Cool, have sold over 50 million records around the world. Wizard recently brought another Australian band, Porcelain, to the U.S., signing them to a multi-album world-wide deal with Universal Records, and Wizard is hot on the trail of doing the same with the ASTRALALIENS. - Christi Broekemeier


"Rave Magazine - "RAVE meets Brisbane/LA power pop quartet ASTRALALIENS""

RAVE: What’s the scene in LA like for a young Australian band?

JAKE FEHRES: Eye opening. You are in the middle of it all. Playing the famous nightclubs on the Sunset Strip, having celebrities come to your shows, recording in the same studios as Metallica, Rage Against the Machine and Blink 182, it’s surreal. I highly recommend it to any young Aussie band wanting to make it internationally. You have to do it.

R: Being "Australia’s Hottest New Band" in LA, how would you recommend artists go about trying to make it there?

ERIC SLATER: Market, market, market, promote, promote, promote. Never neglect the music and the art form, and always work on refining the act, but make promotion a #1 priority.

R: I hear you guys incorporate Karate into you stage show. How did that come about, and what in particular do you do?

MABLO FEHRES: In the band’s early stages, before Jake and I met Eric and Chaz, we included a lot of mysticism, postures, and various katas, or karate forms, into the stage presentation as part of a larger concept. We adapted the moves to fit in time with the music so it ends up looking like a dance, and some of that naturally carried over into the live show as the band changed and evolved.

R: Similarly, where does didgeridoo come into things? It doesn’t have much of a history in pop music.

MF: Exactly, and that’s one of the reasons we brought it in, plus it gives the band another little touch of Australiana and yet another edge to our individuality. I play didg in several songs live and have featured it on some our recordings. The crowd loves it!

R: Episode 3 of AstralAliens TV seems a little misleading, or should we believe that you chanced upon scores of excited fans one night in Fortitude Valley, after being OS for a year?

ES: Though the clip may predispose some viewers to interpret the episode’s events chronologically, AA TV is more or less a weekly summary of our goings-on during that particular week, which may include fan interaction at performances, etc., edited and compiled into a short exposition, focusing on keeping our fans informed and more importantly, entertained. At no point did we intend to suggest that we "chanced" upon all of these fans during one night out in the Valley, after a year away. [For the record, the Episode is titled Night On The Town and Eric says at the beginning "...come along with us, and see what we get into, tonight!"]

R: Winning the "Best Radio-Friendly Band" title at the finals of Triple M’s Rockstar competition seems a dubious honour. Or is it?


JF: It’s a band comp. They have all kinds of obscure categories, and they just happened to fit us into that one. We were happy to be selected for something, most bands weren’t.

ASTRALALIENS play Club 299, Saturday May 23, from 10pm. Entry is $10. www.myspace.com/astralaliens - Jakeb Smith


"Timeoff Magazine - "Independence Day""

BRISBANE’S ASTRALALIENS HAVE SPENT THE PAST YEAR WINNING ACCLAIM FROM LOS ANGELES AUDIENCES. MATT O’NEILL MANAGED TO CATCH UP WITH THE BAND BEFORE THEY RETURNED TO THE STATES.

Ambition has gradually acquired something of a negative stigma within the music industry’s recent years. The changes heralded by the arrival of file-sharing and music downloading have called into question the true value of music and musicians and artists have been forced to be quite circumspect about their thoughts on merit within music. An artist can be mocked and denigrated for even aspiring to widespread appeal and the vaguest assertion that music may perhaps be worth more than a point-and-click philosophy suggests is often greeted with consternation and derision. Australian/American hard rock outfit AstralAliens, however, are not intimidated by such a prevalent philosophy.
A hard-working quartet of dedicated musicians, AstralAliens are unrepentantly ambitious and determined to succeed at the highest level – regardless of people’s preconceptions. The band’s core creative partnership of Jake (bass/vocals) and Mablo Fehres (guitars/vocals) managed to secure a surfeit of plaudits throughout Australia under the De Jah Dan Dah moniker – including a victory at Triple M’s prestigious ‘Rockstar’ band search – and recent years have only found the Brisbane brothers further developing their musical ambitions.A temporary move to Los Angeles last year introduced the pair to kindred spirits Eric Slater (guitars/vocals) and Chaz Stockham (drums) and AstralAliens is the impressive result of the union.
“AstralAliens really started in Los Angeles. We went to America and met Eric and Chaz and pretty much once we formed the band, and established the name of the band, things really started to take off for us. It was a combination of luck and hard work,” Mablo Fehres explains before ceding to brother Jake. “We went to America not knowing what was going to happen. We could have ended up just joining the Circus but it went really well. We were the right band in the right place at the right time and we saw the right people. Luck has definitely helped us but, ultimately, I think our success has been a product of our promotion skills, networking and talent. I think this is a great band.”
“Our intention is to communicate,” Eric Slater elaborates. “There are so many different kinds of artists that, with the explosion of the Internet, I feel there’s almost this contrary mentality to almost display oneself as not wanting success and not wanting to succeed. As artists, we strive to communicate with the largest audience possible. If we can create music and have a performance that communicates across the board and around the world, I feel we’ve set out and achieved something grand. We love what we do and wish to succeed, obviously, but we also care very much about our art and how we relate to other artists.”
It’s AstralAliens’ intelligent combination of artistry and intellect that has seen the band gradually evolve into one of Australia’s most promising musical exports over the past year. The quartet’s market-savvy networking may have secured them gigs at respected LA venues like the Whiskey A Go-Go and the Viper Room, but the band’s true triumphs are localised to their explosive live shows and adventurous songwriting. It’s the AstralAliens’ electrifying performances of glam, grunge, punk, alt-rock and pop that has won the band international acclaim, managing to conquer the illustrious ‘Battle 4 Los Angeles’ band competition without a single release.
“In life, you can plan as much as you like, but it’s always a trial-and-error experience,” Slater explains. “The brothers came to America with a set plan of what they wanted to accomplish but, being over there, we were influenced by our environment and by each other. When you’re trying to communicate – you feel what’s working and what is ultimately connecting with an audience and when you start to tap into that feeling… that connection almost shapes what you’re trying to become as much as your own internal forces.”
WHO: AstralAliens
WHERE & WHEN: Club 299 Saturday May 23 - Matt O'Neill


"USC Daily Trojan - "Aliens Landing""

What happens when you mix heavy guitars, the occasional didgeridoo and four leather jackets? You get the AstralAliens, the half-American, half-Australian rock band that was born ready to rock your world.

“Go crazy onstage, that’s our thing,” said bassist Jake Fehrés. “We’re a hard-hitting rock band; we bring it.”

Credit the intensity to the band’s personal chemistry. From the moment Australian brothers Jake and Mablo Fehrés met American musicians Chaz Stockham and Eric Slater, the foursome clicked.

“There’s just this electricity,” explained guitarist Eric Slater. “This band is electric and incredibly personal.”

The spark is a happy result of the way the group embraces one another’s musical styles. Since so many of today’s great artists are criticized for having songs that supposedly “all sound the same,” the band stands out: The AstralAliens utilize their diverse influences, backgrounds and skills to create tracks that sound distinctive and congruent at the same time.

The catchy “Spin” offers a “Dazed and Confused”-esque intro, the twist being that it also features the Australian instrument the didgeridoo, an Aborigine wind instrument. While it would be typical for an Australian band to overdo it when demonstrating its culture, the AstralAliens use the unique instrument just sparingly enough to keep it cool.

On “Tell Me That You Need It,” the band sticks to plain old ponderous guitars and heavy drums, channeling the seriousness of Tool and System Of A Down. The vocals turn the song into something that a teenage girl would crank up to drown out her parents, bringing an angry version of The Academy Is… to mind.

The track “American Face,” written by Jake Fehrés, demonstrates both glam-rock accessibility and heavy-metal influences, all while Fehrés croons lyrics encouraging American girls to show him some “culture.”

“I am making love to every girl in the audience when I sing that song,” the singer said of the track, which features lyrics such as Show me your boomerang and I’m the thunder from down under.

Thunder, maybe. Lightning, yes. “Both Ways,” a track about a bisexual girl, features an incredible solo and, along with “Tussen,” is one of the best displays of the band’s guitar talent. The lyrics, though lacking in depth, are sure to get stuck in your head even after all of the head-nodding subsides.

What makes these tracks so obviously different from other similar bands is not necessarily their instrumental styles but their vocal ones.

“The songs we sing are the songs we write ourselves,” Slater said. “Which kind of means we don’t really have a set frontman. Which is good.”

By taking ego out of the picture, the AstralAliens ensure that drama doesn’t short circuit their battery. They get along famously, supporting each other’s endeavors and ideas. This is necessary: Considering the idea of an Australian band is so appealing to accent-obsessed fans, it would have been very easy for the American members to get lost in the shadow.

This cultural discrepancy is also being remedied by the group’s upcoming two-month tour of Australia. Beginning on Monday, the tour will allow Slater and Stockham to get a feel for down under.

The tour will be new for the Fehrés as well, considering they have not performed in their homeland since the band formed.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, and we love it,” Fehrés said, “but in terms of music, you want to get out of the city because a lot of the gigs are cover music. There’s not much room for original stuff.”

This issue was what led the band to Los Angeles, a city that welcomes new music with open arms and stiff competition. The band, however, has successfully been able to distinguish itself in the City of Angels, which probably has a lot to do with its high levels of fan interaction.

Australia might be the most isolated continent, but the AstralAliens are uniquely within reach. They’ll stay after shows, interact with their fans, party with them. They love their supporters, and their supporters love them right back. This cycle of energy is a big reason the band’s shows are so powerful.

“I’ve played with loads of bands. I’ve been playing for many years,” said Slater, “and this is the most fan electricity I’ve ever experienced.”

Performing their final shows in Los Angeles at Ground Zero today and the Viper Room on Friday, the AstralAliens will be going out with a bang, harnessing their high-voltage sound like the States have seldom seen. Bring your outlet adapters, mate, and get ready to plug in. - Jen Winston


Discography

"ARRIVAL" EP
Round 'n' Round
Both Ways
American Face
Tell Me That You Need It
Spin

MYSPACE STREAMING:
Round 'n' Round
American Face
Both Ways
Tell Me That You Need It
Spin

ONLINE VIDEOS:
AstralAliensTV Series
American Face (Bathroom Music Video)
American Face (Live in Studio)
Tussen (Music Video - LA)
Tell Me That You Need It (Music Video - LA)
Tell Me That You Need It (Music Video - Australia)

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Bio

The Australian Rock band ASTRAL ALIENS - the only-ever, 2-Time Champions of the KROQ BATTLE for LOS ANGELES.

The Aussies again battled it out against 30 of LAs other elite bands, winning the 2009 KROQ Grand Finale at The Knitting Factory, Hollywood. One of Americas leading music publications, Music Connection Magazine, reported on the KROQ event, saying: Astral Aliens conquered the Los Angeles rock scene once againthey blew the competition away.

With KROQ being one of Americas iconic Rock Radio stations, the bragging rights attached to winning The Battle For LA are among the most highly sought after by up and coming bands in Americaand the Astral Aliens have won it twice.

This month, ASTRAL ALIENS will also find themselves at the top of Music Connection Magazines HOTTEST 100 BANDS, listed in MCs year-end issue.

Plus, they are in the Final Four of 7-ELEVENs 2009 US National Battle of the Bands.

The ASTRAL ALIENS are also getting the attention of a lot of new fans in America, with a combined total of over one and a half million hits and plays on their Myspace page since their arrival in Los Angeles, where they have spent most of the past year.

During that time, the Aliens have made multiple appearances at most of Hollywoods leading Rock venues, including Viper Room (8 times), House of Blues (4), Key Club (3), Knitting Factory (4), Whisky A Go-Go (3), The Mint (3), The Derby (7), and several other prominent LA venues.

The band members are: brothers Jakob Fehres (vocals/bass) & Mablo Fehres (vocals/guitar), and singer/lead guitarist Eric Slater. The Fehres brothers and Slater are seasoned Karate practitioners, and martial arts katas and the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo form part of the ASTRAL ALIENS unique, high energy stage performances.

When asked by LAs All Access Magazine what it means to the band to win the KROQ B4LA again, Jake Fehres said: Winning the first time was very cool, but I guess that doing it for a second time means that were one of the top bands in LA, one of the music capitals of the world. For some guys from Brisbane Australia, that is truly awesome for us.

The band members are no strangers to band contests theyve won several of them in Australia. The Aussies first rose to prominence Down Under by winning the Bandfest rock contest, soon after which they won the "Best Radio-Friendly Band" title at the finals of "ROCKSTARThe Real Deal!", the rock band search sponsored by Australias leading rock radio network, Triple M, and Coca-Cola. They were also the Runners-Up in the Australian Grand Final of the Jim Beam National Band Competition, as well as the Winner of the Queensland State Final of the World Battle Of The Bands contest.

ASTRAL ALIENS is the latest in a long line of chart topping Australian artists who were discovered, produced and launched in Australia and internationally by Wizard Records, which has been among Australias leading independent record labels for over 30 years. Those artists, including Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Daddy Cool, Marcia Hines, Tommy Emmanuel, Colleen Hewett, and Hush, have collectively chalked up over 40 #1 and Top 10 records through Wizard, and have sold over 50 million records around the world.

Many top international artists have also been released on Wizard Records Australia, including such diverse acts as The Sex Pistols, The Captain & Tennille, Helen Reddy, Three Dog Night, Buzzcocks, and numerous others.

Wizard recently took another of its Australian bands, Porcelain, to the U.S., signing them to a multi-album world-wide deal with Universal Records USA. Porcelain is now hitting the Australian charts with their new single The Last Song, released on the Island/Wizard label through Universal.

Wizard is hot on the trail of doing the same with the ASTRAL ALIENS.