THE ALIENS have history – between them they have been
behind some of the most enthralling british music of the last decade.
John Maclean and Robin Jones were members of the Beta Band. Gordon
Anderson was a founding Beta Band member who went on to record two
albums under the Lone Pigeon moniker. You could make parallels between
Anderson and Syd Barrett, both geniuses blighted by psychiatric
problems. The difference, of course, is that Anderson has come back –
albeit as an Alien.
After a packed out Dingwalls in November tonight they step it up to
play the Scala as they deliver an upbeat set of psychedelically
inclined rock and acid dipped electronics, as they bring a freedom of
spirit and a certainty of intent that immediately sets them out from
the current crop of guitar slingers. Inspired by Sergio Leone and Serge
Gainsbourg, Brian Eno and Brian Wilson, Larry David and Ol’ Dirty
Bastard, their songs in the key of Fife reference the past whilst
belonging resolutely to the future.
“… Like Quincy Jones stumbling into a kaleidoscope full of sherbet
and acid… like something the Betas might have come up with if they
also had Ben Folds, Prince and Beck on board… NME
Plus special guests