Alien Whale at Supersonic Festival, Birmingham UK 2014
“Anybody looking for impressive neck snapping guitar chaos would do well to catch Alien Whale sometime in the future.” -Charlie Bailey, Bass Explorer
“[…] If you seek dudely triumphalism and the pursuit of perspiration, plenty is available.” -Noel Gardner, Wire Magazine
“Then, one of the weekend’s mightiest acts stormed the stage, early evening light still dappling, even though their crazed sounds were meant for the midnight hour. Alien Whale brings together the tri-borough (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) New Yorkers Colin Langenus (guitar), Matt Mottel (keytar), and Nick Lesley (drums), three musical maniacs with a desperate rapport, once again taking a form, psychedelic jazz-rock, and bending it into an extreme parody—thrilling, absurd, macho and moronic, virtuosic and violent. Mottel and Langenus were vying for supremacy as they traded ever more elaborate solos, kept aloft and limber by Lesley’s whipcrack patterns. When Langenus was rising up to solo dominance, Mottel maintained a rippling bass flow, but when the keytar-slinger came forth himself, the treble end suddenly ripped into glorious primacy, in a rocked up Terry Riley rupture of rapture. They played like it was their final show, as if it was the latest, most drink’n’drug fuelled nightcap possible.”
ALIEN WHALE – UK/Europe tour!!!
Live on Tape (2010, CDR) recorded live at Zebulon and Shea Stadium in 2009. Available for download at Bandcamp, $7.