As a fan of Dananananaykroyd, I was both shocked and saddened when the band abruptly told their fans that they would be disbanding. Then out of nowhere, the bells began ringing- the Alarm Bells that is! Touching on roots from their previous band, Alarm Bells is a forward progression into a new musical journey. With one EP under their belt and a second one in the works, we spoke to Alarm Bells to see what the year holds for them!
AMBY: For those who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe Alarm Bells’ music?
AB: Hello. I would describe Alarm Bells as an absolute music bang of creepy funk and math-rocked chuggington.
AMBY: You have recently released your first EP, Part One. I know there is a Part Two in the works, will there be an album to follow?
AB: Who knows, maybe one day. Our plan is to release all the ‘Parts’ first and then maybe, at the end, we’ll create a massive disgusting jigsaw with all the misshapen pieces crammed together drunkenly at 4am to form “ALBUM”. It will be 45 minutes long, it will have 12 songs on it and everyone will download it for free and complain that it doesn’t sound like another band they like. Albums! Or not.
AMBY: What can people expect at your live shows?
AB: The band Alarm Bells will be performing the songs from Part One and Part Two fully live! Come see us huddle together on a stage and play our songs very loudly and mostly in time with one another! Flashing lights! Patter! People staring at us confusedly! Come be one of those people! Come stare! Get home safe!
AMBY: Cocoons is a monster of a song, what is the story behind it?
AB: Not much of a story beyond writing some funny riffs with weird lyrics, rocking out loads, recording it and laughing a lot when our friend Lachlann made a totally messed up video for it. Cocoons is pretty much mucking about.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
AB: When I was a teenager, I got In On The Kill Taker by Fugazi, Rusty by Rodan and Tomorrow We Will Run Faster by Sweep The Leg Johnny and they blew my tiny, stupid mind.
AMBY: Which artists inspire you as a songwriter?
AB: The late, great Jason Noble, RIP.
AMBY: What’s been on your iPod as of late?
AB: I went for a walk yesterday and listened to Sorrow And Extinction by Pallbearer. If you enjoy really slow, really heavy, proggy metal with 70s-style ‘wizards and dragons’ vocals, I’d recommend it muchly.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
AB: Probably Lenny Henry and The Chuckle Brothers. And we’d have pasta bake with veggie meatballs and 7up and it’d be a right laugh, so it would.
AMBY: Describe your dream gig and who would be on the bill with you.
AB: Well it would be us headlining a tiny little venue, probably in LA or something. Everyone will know all of our songs and be super pumped to hear them. They’re all like “come out and play the songs! We love you! Live music!” Supporting us would be Weather Report and Yes and we’d all sit backstage after the show laughing hysterically and drinking and playing music and rocking out and junk and everyone would be smiling and it’s be the best time.
AMBY: What is the best song of 2012 so far?
AB: No idea, maybe Aimless Arrow by Converge. Put it in your headphones and backflip down the street.
AMBY: Lastly, tell me something about Alarm Bells that nobody knows yet.
AB: We’re all secretly very, very poor. Stick that in yer website.
Want a song that will blow your mind? Maybe even literally if you turn it up too loud? …Then you’ve got to have a listen to Alarm Bells’ track Cocoons! It’s killer! And lastly, thank you Alarm Bells for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout