ALASKALASKA’s latest single, ‘Meateater’, was borne of exasperation: from bandleader Lucinda John-Duarte “I was thinking about how frustrating it is to be categorised or stereotyped. We’re always in competition with each other or ourselves, trying to sell ourselves like meat and hiding parts of our being in the process.” The track, a firm favourite on the road last year, kicks off the danciest section of the set with a thunderous sax solo, pulling crowds towards the stage with a force of sheer magnetism before Lucinda’s electric vocals send bodies tumbling.
The band’s 2017 self-titled debut EP, also released via House Anxiety / Marathon Artists, was the perfect introduction to their brand of off-kilter pop. It perfectly encapsulated their dynamic and accomplished songcraft – swinging from downbeat and melancholic to rosy, energetic and infectiously dancey. They toured extensively in support of the record, and through a string headline dates, including Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, and support slots with Alvvays and Cigarettes After Sex in UK and Europe, they’ve built a reputation as extraordinary performers.
In the coming weeks ALASKAALASKA will be headlining Corsica Studios, supporting Porches at Village Underground and also Nilüfer Yanya on a UK tour, as well as performing at a string of festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and The Great Escape.
Lucinda John-Duarte – Vocals, Guitar
Fraser Rieley – Vocals, Bass
Calum Duncan – Guitar
Joe Webb – Keys, Synths
Fraser Smith – Saxophone
Gethin Jones – Drums, Percussion
16 April | Village Underground, London **
5 May | Live At Leeds Festival, Leeds
6 May | Sound City Festival, Liverpool
19 May | The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
20 May | The Deaf Institute, Manchester ***
21May |The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham ***
23 May | Broadcast, Glasgow ***
24 May | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds ***
29 May | Village Underground, London ***
7 June | Corsica Studios, London
** supporting Porches
*** supporting Nilüfer Yanya