Check out this official message from the band:
We wanted to send over a personal note to you to thank you for your continued support during our Pledge Music campaign for the new record. As you can see the delivery date of the record has changed. While the date says October we are working very hard to get this record complete and into your hands before then. We want nothing more than to put this into your hands now. However in this business there is unfortunately things that present themselves that sometimes delay or in many cases stop the creative process dead in its track, which has happened to us more then a couple of times along the way. Please know that will NOT stop us. We love making music and creating for you our fans and friends and will not allow anything to take that away. We are back in creating the record and will do everything we can to move that dat e up and get this new music in your hands as quickly as possible. It will be a record we are not only proud of but a record you will hopefully be glad you waited for.
We can understand the frustration and disappointment you feel, that hurts us more then words can explain as we care deeply for each one of you and appreciate your continued support of the band. If you would like a refund we can make sure that happens for you. However if you can stick with us through this process we will be offering you an extra something special for those that pre-ordered during this campaign. We have a few US Tour dates coming up starting in July to get us out promoting the new single “Let Em Know” and this record. Please keep an eye out as we will be sending out an email regarding the extra items mentioned above that will tie into the upcoming tour.
Please accept our apologies for the delay and hope that you continue to support Alien Ant Farm because without you and our fans there is no AAF!
Mike, Dryden, Terry, Tye
Team Pledge from Pledge Music recently sent me this message which means we’ll be having a new AAF album funded by the fans this summer!
We will soon begin charging all outstanding pledges, and send you a notification if there is any issue charging your card. If you have a question about payment please sign in to your pledges page and select “Contact Us” next to the pledge in question.
Now would be the perfect time to share the project with your friends and help tip it over 100%!
Thanks for your support!
Loving your work. Team Pledge
Here’s a cool interview from MTV:
“Let ‘Em Know,” a brand-new song from Alien Ant Farm, who are finally back after a lengthy hiatus. “You gotta get invincible, problems are minuscule,” frontman Dryden Mitchell sings. We couldn’t agree more.
Listen to Alien Ant Farm’s “Let ‘Em Know,” and read an interview with Tye Zamora after the jump.
“This song is not for the broken; this song is not for the hopeless. Only the strong survive,” Mitchell continues in an aggressively rhythmic cadence over a grinding mid-tempo beat, layers of electronics noise, synth strings, and crunching guitars. Sounds like he’s singing to the band itself. The California group are currently in the midst of a PledgeMusic drive to aid in the release of Always and Forever, their first studio album in seven years. Fans can pre-order the album and get all sorts of bonus rewards, like helping choose artwork, and — NBD — hanging out with the band.
We reached out to bassist Tye Zamora to ask why Alien Ant Farm decided to go the fan-funded route this time around, and what they’ve been up to since the days of coveringMichael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal.”
1.) Why the long hiatus?
Tye Zamora: The initial split-up of Alien Ant Farm was really caused by a stream of bad luck the band experienced. The bus wreck, the physical and mental damages of the bus wreck, and the label-selling, leaving us with no support for our follow-up record, put us all in a bad place in our personal lives and with each other. In 2008 we decided to put the past behind us and get back together to do a series of one-off shows. We felt so much love from the audience that we decided to record another album. Since then we have once again run into nothing but bad luck. Due to management changes and signing to a label that doesn’t know how to pull triggers, we have been writing and recording a record for four years now with nothing but road blocks.
2.) What have you been up to in the interim?
Tye: All of us have been doing music in some shape or form. I went to Berklee College of Music to get a degree in Film Scoring, Terry Corso played with Powerman 5000, Mike Cosgrove produced records for various bands and artists, and Dryden worked on a couple different projects with members of POD, Papa Roach, and Chevelle.
3.) Has Alien Ant Farm’s sound changed much in the meantime?
Tye: Yes and no. The band has always written songs in a variety of genres, and that’s what we did while writing this album. But this time we explored the electronic disco thing that is so popular with kids today.
4.) Do you think “Let ‘Em Know” fits in with your old material, or is it a big jump?
Tye: I think the new songs fit. The core of the songs, regardless of genre, sound very much like what Alien Ant Farm has done in the past. The use of synths and the four-on-the-floor kick drum pattern would be the only thing that would really stand out against the rest of our material.
5.) What made you decide to take the crowd fund approach?
Tye: We have no choice at this point. We waited two years since being signed to record and put this album out. We can’t wait any longer. We want people to hear these songs, and the only way we can do that is by creating the financial backing to record an album that is up to Alien Ant Farm’s standards.
Only 5 days left to pre-order and pledge for the new Alien Ant Farm album Always And Forerver, help to spread the word and lets put this record out together!
The band is going to release a teaser everyday starting TODAY of a demo clip of a new song through the pre-order site, all Pledge pre-orders will get a chance to hear these samples first!
Clip of a new track is now live.
Still almost a month left and the band has reached 51% of pledges so far. Make it big people post this to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and anywhere else you can!