While there is still not much of a progress with Always And Forever we do have some Ant Farm news! Tye Zamora created a channel on YouTube to provide some bass lessons. Check it out!
‘Let Em Know’
what goes around comes around
it’s almost circular and cyclical
sometimes proportions can get biblical
but when it comes to all the bullshit
you gotta get invincible
problems are miniscule
when it all falls down
there’s no mercy for the pitiful
not to be political
when it comes to yours and mine
you know i want residuals
i’m comin through kicking doors
Let em know i’m going straight to the top and when
i’m done with this spot i’ll let you know
Let it go i don’t need your opinion unless you’re telling me that i’m a pro
Let em know!
What does it take to get through to you?
do i gotta light a god damn fire?
and break some fuckin windows too!?
we’re not here to be ridiculed
i ‘ll show you how to be the man when the world tries to shit on you
i wrote the operation manual
i got it down to a science when i stripped it to the granule
so you can never tear me down down
no you can never wear me out
so tell me what you really wanna do
if you’re gonna give them hell you gotta be prepared to take it to
This one is not for the broken
this song is not for the hopeless
only the strong survive and this is the opus
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!
PLEDGE NOW – currently the album has reached 74% of it’s goal
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.
The band will answer questions on reddit AMA – Ask Me Anything. Be sure to visit reddit on Thursday April 4th! All questions will be reposted on Alien Ant Fans shortly after the AMA ends. Time: 2pm Pacific / 4pm / 5pm Eastern (USA) and 11pm Europe/Warsaw/Berlin and 10pm for the UK.