ALIEN - ETERNITY - OUT NOW
ALIEN 1986-1989- In late 1986 ALIEN recorded two songs; "Headstrong" and "I’ll Survive" at Studio Bohus. Virgin Scandinavia signed the band and released those two first singles. In the meantime, while touring Scandinavia, they wrote the album. Virgin believed in Alien to appeal to audiences in further territories, and hence rewrote our contract into a worldwide deal!
Late 1987, at ABBA's Polar Studio, the Swedes cut three songs with producer Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard). One being "Only One Woman" went on to top the charts and sell platinum. The B-side, "Somewhere Out There", also got to #1 in the charts, for instrumentals! After that the group relocated to the renowned Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Chris Minto (Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Kiss), to record the album. Two songs featured in the 1988 remake of the 50’s Sci-Fi movie "the Blob"; "Feel My Love", plus "Brave New Love" in the end credits. Back from the US, with "Only One Woman" sky-rocketing the charts, we brought the album on tour, beating box office records, being all over Swedish media!
While in London doing promo, ALIEN shot cover photos with Simon Fowler, and signed with Steve Barnett /Hard to Handle Management (Gary Moore, AC/DC). For the international launch Virgin America made a new album cover and some remixes by Duane Baron and John Purdell. Songs were cut out to include the first single with new singer Pete Sandberg, "The Air That I Breathe"/"Now Love". Pete replaced Jim in the fall of 1988, making his first appearance performing live on Swedish national TV. New promo and cover photos were shot in LA as well as the video for "Tears Don't Put Out The Fire". Director Dough Freel was chosen mainly for his work on the Def Leppard (Hysteria album) videos.
Promotion, TV and a full summer of touring followed in 1989, bringing ALIEN’s biggest production to date on the road. “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire" was chosen as the international single release. A couple more songs written during pre-production for the album were later published on the 1997 “Best & Rare” 2CD collection.
ALIEN 1990-2005 - Tony and Peterecorded and released“Shiftin’ Gear” in 1990, ending the Virgin era.In 1992 Tony formed a Stockholm based Alien, lasting for two albums at Eagle Records. After the release of “Crash” in 1994, having toured extensively, Tony called it quits. It was about time to put Alien on a long lasting hiatus. In 2005 Tony and Jim got in touch and agreed to an offer by Frontiers Rec. for an Alien CD. Recording Dark Eyes was hard, though, living far apart, and after just a few shows Alien was put to rest… again. Jim and Tony realized that it would take the original line-up to make it sound like Alien.
ALIEN 2010- present - The original line-up eventually reunited, a handful of festivals were chosen - Sweden Rock (Cruise + Festival), Getaway Rock, Firefest a.o. A new single, Ready To Fly (Manora Rec), was cut to promote the reunion. It went down great with the crowd and especially the response at the first Firefest performance (2011) made the band really consider making this new record.
In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI re-issue CD (ltd 1000 copies) of Alien (s/t Scandinavian) reached No.1 in the import album chart in Japan and sold out. EMI Music Sweden released the back catalog, re-mastered for digi/download with some unreleased demos as bonus. "Alien - 25th Anniversary" 2CD deluxe edition highlighted the celebration of ALIEN’s debut album, selling out as well. "Shiftin' Gear +4" CD (AOR Heaven) bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989.
Recordings of the new album started Aug 1 at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show. ALIEN decided to add a song, “I’m a fighter”, written back in the 80’s by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.
· In Love We Trust
· Love Will Lead Me Home
· I Believe
· Summer Of Love
· What Goes Up
· I'm A Fighter
· Liar, Liar
· Look At Us Now
· Burning Heart
· In Truth
Exclusive comments from Ken Sandin!
1. In Love We Trust
First song we tried out on an audience, at Firefest last fall. Also, first single prior to the album. Got its unique touch with the tom-pattern driven verses.
One of the first song written, based on the keyboard hook. We put a lot of effort into the arrangement.
3. Love Will Lead Me Home
More straight forward. Solo part takes off, in a different but cool way.
4. I Believe
Expectations for a good and heavy power ballad might be high, given our history. J Hard to beat the sing-along factor of 'Only One Woman, otherwise 'I Believe' has it all.
5. Summer of Love
Positive, yet melancholic touch. We were thinking youth, nostalgia and hope… and the lyrics of Pam & Janet just nailed it!
6. What Goes Up
We could tell right away the key/horn-riff of the chorus was a hook, but it took a while to find the right groove for this song. The combination of half-tempo beat and 1/16-bass gave that special suggestive feel.
7. I'm a Fighter
A Pam Barlow & Janet Morrison Minto song, written already in the 80's with Marcie Free singing the demo. Our arrangement is significantly faster.
This one has a lot of the classic Aliens sound, as far as harmonies and arrangements. Lead keyboard melodies are even made with an old Roland D-50… J
9. Liar, Liar
The very first song written for the album, and also the first one recorded!
10. Look at Us Know
Different kind of verse on this one. No pulse in anything but the drums, in great contrast to the up-tempo beat in the chorus. The solo/theme part, as an intermediate, nicely conjoin.
11. Burning Heart
This one is a bit more guitar driven. The lyrics are a tribute to enthusiasts/heroes who've selflessly stood up for others.
12. In Truth
Written to be performed unadorned, sort of like how 'Mirror' closed the first album. We finally chose nylon stringed guitar …plus strings and some other additional instruments. Lyrics based on a true story.