Halloween, Alaska to perform free concerts March 2 and 3February 20, 2012
"You won't find Halloween, Alaska anywhere on a map," wrote Spin magazine. "Instead, this Minnesota band inhabits a sensual, weightless world of sweetly brooding electronic pop."
In September 2011 Halloween, Alaska released its fourth album — its first for Eau Claire-based Amble Down Records. "All Night the Calls Came In" marks the group's evolution from a studio-born purveyor of lush ambient pop to a full-bodied rock band. Departing from the slower, more methodical process behind its previous three albums, "All Night the Calls Came In" was recorded live in a single room during a single week with all four members playing together. The album documents the group's most direct and stripped-down work to date.
"Though the familiar synthesizers, drum machine beats, and laid back, adult contemporary aesthetic are still there, they take a backseat to thicker guitars and a more straightforward, rock-heavy pop attitude," wrote Volume One magazine.
Halloween, Alaska broke into the indie consciousness in 2004, with a self-titled disc of electronically laced art-pop. The band was created by singer-keyboardist James Diers and drummer David King as a low-key, studio-based diversion from their other projects (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Love-cars), but the group soon took on a life of its own. Through word-of-mouth and college radio buzz the debut album become a chart favorite at CMJ and on non-commercial and Internet radio stations across the country. Halloween, Alaska enjoyed an extra boost when its songs were featured in the first two seasons of the Fox TV series "The O.C."
After 2005's "Too Tall to Hide," Jacob Hanson introduced weightier guitar work into the mix — a change evident in the 2009 release, "Champagne Downtown." The group subsequently parted ways with original bassist Matt Friesen and recruited bassist William Shaw of the Minneapolis cult favorite 12 Rods.
In support of its latest album, Halloween, Alaska will release a collection of 10 remixes Feb. 28. With featured artists including S. Carey, "Fake Mistakes: Remixes" will be available exclusively on Amble Down's online store site for the first two weeks of its release at a pay-what-you-want price. The album will go on sale at other online stores March 13.
Cabin performances are free and open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea are sold at all evening programs. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.
All performances are produced and managed by student members of The Cabin committee of the Student Senate's University Activities Commission. For a complete schedule, contact the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office, 715-836-4833, or visit The Cabin website.