Meet – Danish post-punk outfit John Alcabean

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For fans of.. Drenge, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Kagoule

Danish three piece John Alcabean present their unique take on melancholic alt-rock with their latest
single Fire, out on 12th August 2016 via Tapetown Records. Fire is explosive from the get go – electrifying riffs and melodic hooks reminiscent of bands like Drenge and Royal Blood are immediate from the start. Rather than concentrate on the lyrical content of the songs, John Alcabean are about capturing the pure essence and feel of the track via the music. The band are brothers Victor Ryle Shack (lead singer and guitar) and Julius Ryle Shack (bass), joined by Daniel (drums), all hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. Both Victor and Julius share a unique musical bond with similar influences, making their writing process almost effortless. They draw upon a number of influential 90s and 00s genres from shoegaze to punk and alt-rock but the result can only be described as John Alcabean. Despite being relatively new to the live circuit, John Alcabean have already played Offspring Festival and Uhørt Festival as well as playing at a local carnival in front of three people – including two drunks and a handicapped man – who asked them to “sing him a lullaby”. With Fire this young trio are ready to introduce the UK to their powerful sound and put their names on the map.

Meet – John Alcabean

1) For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?

We grew up together listening to the same music and when we realised that we both had an interest in playing in a band it was obvious that we started playing together.

2) Who would you list as your musical influences?

” Muse, Silversun Pickups, Drenge, Wolf alice, Bombay bicycle club, Smashing pumpkins, Nirvana, foo fighters, Kings of leon, the Killers , interpol, deftones etc

3) What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

Releasing our debut EP

4) What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years?

Maybe make an album could be a lot of fun… Playing in europe sounds nice too ”

5) What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Bombay bicycle club ” i hade the blues but i shook them loose ”
Silversun Pickups ” Carnavas ”
Interpol ” Turn on the bright lights ”
Wolf Alice ” My love is cool ”
Kings of leon ” Because of the times ”

6) Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

– Social media is great for promoting your band and building a fanbase… i don’t think you can survive the music business today without it ..

– But we think that the music always should come first and not your facebook page or twitter page.

7) Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

– We like reading it when it happens but we don’t think you should get too caught up with good or bad reviews.

– It is way cooler when people tell you what they feel about your music face to face

8) If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Probably japan could be fun…

9) Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

– I know that our mortal souls have been saved several times by listening to our favorite songs.

10) Any last thoughts for your fans?

– Enjoy life ……..And listen to our new EP ” Real time fiction ” out September 2th via Tapetown records.

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