Halloween, Alaska
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Halloween, Alaska

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The best kept secret in music

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"FRESH"

"...startlingly fresh...electronic moods, muted tones and
lush yet sparingly applied sonic textures." - Amplifier


"TASTEFUL"

"...lush, atmospheric pools of sound...meticulously
crafted songs, with plenty of atmosphere, but also with
plenty emotion to go right alongside it. ...full of drowsy
synths, shimmering guitars, and tasteful programming
that can be either dancey or skeletal." - OpusZine


"WARM"

"Somehow this band was able to make an album with
synths and loops and electronic drums as real and
organic and warm as one of Bob Dylan’s pre-electric
albums. ...The atmosphere is so thick you can
practically drink it." - Sponic


"SEXY"

"...a surprisingly warm and organic sound from their
array of largely electronic tones. ...Halloween, Alaska
is its own wild and sexy tech-driven beast." - Pulse of the Twin Cities


"BEAUTIFULLY ARTIFICIAL"

"...From its first track, the album drowns the ears in
alien lullabies, though Diers's candid lyrics about
living-room clutter make everyday things just as song-
worthy as these strange soundscapes. ...King combines
his traditional drum kit with electronic pads that sound
just as they should--beautifully artificial." - City Pages


"IDEAL"

"...shimmery keys and gleaming guitar washes are
ideal for floating around in the pool as jet contrails scar
the darkening summer sky. ...'Telling Me' and 'Call It
Clear' radiate a misty, last-week-of-winter vibe, while
the icy post-punk rendition of Springsteen's 'State
Trooper' casts a chilly, unsettling shadow. Finally, the
spring thaw has a house band." - Splendid


Discography

"Halloween, Alaska" (debut CD) ESD 81742. Originally released on Princess Records in November, 2003, re-released on ESD with bonus tracks in April, 2005.

A number of tracks from this CD were picked up for radio play, two tracks were used on FOX TV's "The O.C." Streams available at www.halloweenalaska.com, entire album downloadable from iTunes.

"Too Tall to Hide" ESD 81772. Second CD, due September 13, 2005.

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Bio

HALLOWEEN, ALASKA is a four-man cartel specializing in moody, ambient pop songcraft that combines organic and electronic elements into a mesmerizing whole. Rising from within the formidable rock underground of Minneapolis, USA, the band features James Diers (voice, guitars), Ev (keys, programming), Matt Friesen (electric bass) and David King (acoustic and electronic drums), each drawing on a distinctively mixed set of musical pedigrees. The resultant tunes and textures have drawn comparison to the likes of Everything But The Girl, The Postal Service, TV On The Radio, American Music Club and Peter Gabriel, among others. No matter who gets name-checked along the way, HALLOWEEN, ALASKA delivers an artfully seductive brand of modern pop that's equally hypnotic on stage and on your stereo.

The group's formation is credited to King, a powerfully versatile drummer known to jazz audiences as a member of The Bad Plus and Happy Apple. Having collaborated previously with Ev, Diers and Friesen in other rock outfits, he arranged a casual series of songwriting sit-downs that soon yielded a full set of original music. HALLOWEEN, ALASKA made its proper club debut in late 2002, quickly picked by Twin Cities scenesters as a unique new attraction. Over the subsequent year, the foursome squeezed scattershot recording sessions into their busy creative lives, quietly releasing a self-titled disc via the local Princess Records imprint in early 2004. Featuring seven original songs plus an eerily tweaked cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper", the disc rode a surprising wave of word-of-mouth and college radio buzz to become a chart favorite at CMJ and on non-commercial and Internet radio stations across the country. The band and the album enjoyed an extra boost when its songs were featured in the first two seasons of the smash Fox television series "The O.C.".