I finally have something worthwhile to mention here so without any adieu, I am very excited to announce that the new Allister record, “Life Behind Machines,” is complete. Comprised of 11 songs, it’s definitely the most dynamic and diverse record we’ve made as a band. Although it’s taken quite awhile for everything to come together, I feel more than comfortable saying it has all been worth it. We had a lot of fun over the last five months writing, rehearsing, and recording, and we did a little bit of experimenting with this record too, giving a small twist to the prototypical Allister sound.
We made sure to include a few standard three chord punk rock tunes, but we also added synthesizers, horns, and new-age electronica to a few tracks. We certainly haven’t reinvented the wheel or anything, but I’d like to think we’ve musically progressed as a band. You can’t just keep churning out the same record over and over again or you’ll quickly become dull and irrelevant. And, let’s be honest, as much as we’re in this because we love creating music for ourselves, it’s silly to think that we wouldn’t want as many people as possible to hear it as well. The record isn’t as crazy as it may sound though. It’s still the same old Allister, just a little more mature, a little more…modern. The new stylings in no way detract from the quality of the songs; in fact, I think the entire record sounds even better than it would have otherwise. But I guess the listener will ultimately be the one to decide, eh? I’m proud of it though and that’s really all that matters.
We know the record will be released by Universal Japan at some point over the summer but we don’t actually have a specific release date. We’re hoping to have it out by the middle of July. It will take some time to finish the artwork and get everything pressed but I feel pretty confident that we can get it all done relatively quickly. As of now, we’re thinking about doing a digital only release in the US but we’ll see what kind of demand there is for actual physical copies. Once I have some definitive information on release dates and upcoming supporting shows I’ll be sure to post it here. That’s about all the news I have for the moment. Hopefully soon I can once again tap into the stockpile of tour stories for your reading pleasure. Until then, keep drinking….