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Before alchalant set about trying to revitalize the “rock” part in their hometown’s famous nickname of Detroit “Rock” City, before the new album, before leader Alex Matijow even began working with the band’s other two members, he had a moment of clarity.
All of those goals were set back in 2008, amidst a moment of blinding pain. Riding home after a night of drinking, Matijow suffered a near-death experience after crashing his bicycle. He walked away, but just barely, with a broken nose, five cracked teeth, an upper lip split up to his nose … and a brand-new grasp on what his goals should have been all along.
Alex refocused on what was important to him, and that started with rock music and alchalant. The band, a muscular mix of 1990s rock and punk, will begin touring the Midwest in the summer of 2012 behind a new self-titled record, available now on iTunes and through the alchalant.com site.
Compared favorably to Social Distortion, the Clash, Green Day and Offspring, the Detroit-based outfit mirrors its frontman’s steely intensity. The goal is to push, and push hard, on the boundaries of rock by mixing in hardcore, metal, even elements of improvisational music.
At first, alchalant was simply an umbrella description for Alex’s complex but completely solo musings. He composed and recorded alchalant’s self-titled eight-song 2011 debut – along with arranging, mixing and mastering the project – all alone. Eventually, however, the project also served as a template to be developed further once Matijow finally decided to construct a working band.
Matijow was eventually joined by bassist and vocalist Todd Errion and drummer Chris Hobbs, who got together through social networking circles. Alex knew Hobbs from grade school, and the two had played together in the school symphony. Todd met Matijow in 2005, but had worked previously as a lead guitarist in the metal band Glutton For Punishment. Errion switched to bass for this new project with Alex, after discovering new challenges in the jazz-influenced grooves Matijow had already laid down on the album alchalant.
Together, they have uncovered new wrinkles to Matijow’s initial vision for alchalant – something that brilliantly plays out in the standout statement-of-purpose track “Dawn.” A frank discussion on making the most of your talents, the song’s insistent theme: Always live life to the fullest.
It’s a concept Matijow confronted on that scary bike ride four years ago, and something he’s now fully realizing alongside Errion and Hobbs in alchalant.
Hey Guys! It was nice seeing you jam at the reception
you guys definitely rocked the house! Congratulations for being nominated! looking forward to hearing more material, and hope to see you at the IMA next year! keep up the great work! Rich
(Click 'see more' to view the entire message. The acceptance speech I did NOT have prepared in Hollywood this past Sunday..)
My name is Alex of the Detroit band alchalant. I failed to prepare a proper acceptance speech for 2012 Indie Music Channel Awards at the House of Blues, West Hollywood this past Sunday night. We came home tonight with an award for Best Alternative Band. So here it goes...
This award is particularly prestigious. It highlights the hard work, dedication, and antics of the entire group. -I would not be in this position without my band... Todd Errion and Christopher Shaun Hobbs. -I would also like to personally thank Mom, Dad, and my family for continued support, enthusiasm, and guidance. -Thank you Cheryl, for often being the voice of reason. For supporting your husband's passion for performing. -My best friend RJ Ritter. And Steve Brittain. For providing muscle, wheels, and operating audio/visual equipment for months out of the kindness of their hearts. -Thanks to our growing street team... The alchalant army (I will not list names to avoid offending anyone I may forget to mention). -Thanks to my mentors Eric DiBerardo, Tom Court, Dennis Tini, Steve Carryer, and Todd Thamer. You have all had part in shaping me into a business orientated musician. I am very humble and gracious for your time and encouragement in the past. -Thanks to all my peers. We are strengthening the Detroit rock scene together a step at a time.
We were also nominated for a slew of other categories including Album of the Year. We had an amazing trip, the city embraced our midwest demeanor and Detroit ROCK City temperament. Please visit us at www.alchalant.com for more info. Download our free app on the Android market. Watch out for our feature in the May/June issue of I Am Entertainment magazine. The new single GRAD SONG, will be released early this summer.