The A.K.A.s

The A.K.A.s

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The A.K.A.s combine the most reactionary and caustic eras of Rock & Roll and Punk with a danceable and fun outlook that defies and challenges sub-genre categorization. The best moments of the MC5, The Clash, and The B-52's cleverly served in a modern concoction we call "Dancehall Fight Music."

Biography

With The A.K.A.s’ debut full-length White Doves & Smoking Guns, the band boldly emblazoned their name with the loaded moniker: The A.K.A.s (Are Everywhere!)… and they were true to their word. Armed with an unyielding work ethic and drive to make their mark and message heard, 400 shows and countless creative campaigns later, hard-earned fans and foes alike are proclaiming, “The A.K.A.s really are Everywhere!"

Combining raucous guitars, compulsive rhythms, ominous organs and manic vocal diatribes, The A.K.A.s musical delivery is smartly served in a sophisticated package of defiance, self-empowerment, and social change. Covertly tucked in catchy choruses and consonant hooks, the band's message is as coherent and authentic as it is vital. Characterized by relentless support of organizations and issues including young voter awareness, animal and human rights, and the environment, The A.K.A.s walk a walk that speaks for itself. A dedication and sincerity in both music and message that is both inclusive and poignant.

Drawing from their eclectic punk and rock roots, the band’s music hints to the attitude of pioneers The Clash, the unpredictability of The Dead Kennedy's, and the sexy swagger of garage rock heroes The Who and The MC5. With the danceability of stylish surf rockers The B-52's, The A.K.A.s’ keyboard-drenched riff-rock is a modern—and irony-free—mesh of ’60's rock and ’80's punk.

Impassioned by their own aptly named art show series, The A.K.A.s are excited to announce “EVERYBODY MAKE SOME NOISE!”… the sophomore album to be released March 18th, 2008 with Metropolis Records (Mindless Self-Indulgence, VNV Nation, Electric Six) produced by Alex Newport (At the Drive In/The Marts Volta.) Darkly endearing with smirky quips, The A.K.A.s have perfected the art of contrast with a collection of twelve daringly confident tracks designed to create a fearless uproar from city streets to suburban strip-malls with equal indifference. Epitomized by guest appearances from JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights, Chris # 2 of Anti-Flag, and Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedy’s, the fivesome walk a bold line of individuality with no apologies.

Timely, pertinent, and urgent in a desperate musical and social climate, The A.K.A.s persist as a heartfelt protagonist of youthful fervor and unrest. The alternative to today's alternative music, watered-down and riddled with corporate marketing schemes and product placement, prepare yourself to fight, fuck, dance and destroy with The A.K.A.s.

Lyrics

This Is The Way We Move

Written By: The A.K.A.s / Mike Ski

You can tell he’s been calm since the day he was born. And you can hear him cuz now he’s all pointed at the earth screaming like a bomb. This is the way we move. This is the way we do our homework in the dark. This is the way we stand on our desktops with our hands in the air. This is the way we move. This is the way we… Shake, shake it… all the boys and all the girls make some, make some noise. Do you know she’s been on hold since the way she was born? You can hear her cuz now she knows the voice she’s been waiting for was her own. This is the way we prove we’ve got nothing to do… we’ve got nothing to lose. This is the way we move. This is the way we… Shake, shake it… all the boys and all the girls make some, make some noise.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mouth

Written By: The A.K.A.s / Mike Ski

I’ve got a word inside my mouth right now. It’s burning, it’s begging for a chance to come out. It’s gonna dance it’s way from ear to ear and everybody’s gonna wanna hear. Everybody’s got their ear to the ground now. Once we whispered… and now we’re screaming. It’s a chain, chain, chain reaction. I’ve heard a picture is worth a thousand words. So, I click, click, snap, snap, flash, flash, flash, with my photographs. Word sure travels fast around here, so everybody… Everybody! Everybody’s got a story to tell, so raise your hands and yell. Once we whispered… and now we’re screaming. It’s a chain, chain, chain reaction. The words are filling up inside my mouth, spilling out… right now. Once we whispered… now we’re screaming. It’s a chain, chain, chain reaction.

Dead Flowers Forever

Written By: The A.K.A.s / Mike Ski

Beneath these feet, underneath the thick concrete… there used to be a sandy beach, but no one will ever know. Flowers used to grow beneath the paving stones. Valentine Days. Halloween Nights. These are supposed to be the best days of our lives. Now we’re stuck in the middle. Stuck in the middle. Days like weeks, patiently we plot and scheme to bring you to your knees with hearts pinned to our sleeves. Flowers used to grow beneath the paving stones. Valentine Days. Halloween Nights. These are supposed to be the best days of our lives. Now we’re stuck in the middle. Stuck in the middle.

Discography

"White Doves & Smoking Guns" 2004 on Fueled By Ramen Records.
"Everybody Make Some Noise!" 2008 on Metropolis Records.

Set List

The A.K.A.s play a variety of original tunes collected from their two full-length albums. Masters of the 30 minute marathon. Not that any punk rock and roll band should ever play longer than that, the set can vary in length.