Wrong “Let Em’ Know” mix on the final CD!

You might have noticed that the final mix of the CD contains the wrong version of the single Let Em’ Know. The good version of the track is available for download on our SoundCloud and it was mixed by Jay Baumgardner. The version on the CD was mixed by Johnny K and it sounds a lot worse than the earlier mix to be honest – you can hear the same mix on E.P. Phone Home on PledgeMusic where they’ve posted a couple of tracks of the new album and demos before the proper release.

Too bad because the booklet on the CD states that it was mixed by Jay B.

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You can compare the mixes on your own by downloading the Johnny K mix from here.

If you got the album online (or stream it on Spotify) you have the right mix though.

 

Alien Ant Farm took a new direction, new album coming early spring

Terry chatted with Beaumont Enterprise about the band’s new album, the success of "Smooth Criminal" and whether they’ll ever cover another song. "We took it in a new direction," said Corso. "We worked with people from the hip-hop world, R&B world, rock world. We were having a lot of fun working with the hip hop world."

The band’s set list for their Beaumont show at The Gig includes all the songs from their second studio album ANThology, which features their Michael Jackson cover "Smooth Criminal."

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And here’s the short interview:

Alien Ant Farm has been featured on a number of video games. Are y’all big gamers?

I wouldn’t necessarily say that. I think out of everybody, I am probably the biggest gamer. I kind of only play like the first person shooter games like Call of Duty and I haven’t played in a really long time. Tye likes Rock Band He plays it all the time.

How is it to play Rock Band while you’re in a band?

I haven’t played it that much, but Tye has people over at his house and does Beatles Rock Band and I guess they have a lot of fun it. Tye is a perfectionist so he is probably all about it, honing his Rock Band skills.

I understand y’all will be playing Anthology on your tour of Texas. Why?

It’s kind of cool. That has been something that bands do now, because a lot of people didn’t get the chance to see whatever band playing all the songs [on] that one original record that they might have fallen in love with. It’s something we’ve talked about doing on a larger scale. It is going to be one of the last string of shows that we do of the year, this little Texas run.

I’m guessing your fans are excited about that?

The response has been killer just from what I’ve glanced on Facebook and it seems like they are really excited about it. I think I saw one negative comment. Some guy said, "Oh what a crappy set list. Now we know what’s going to happen." I was like, "Okay, you got a point dude."

What is your favorite song on that album to play?

Probably I’d say "Sticks and Stones" because it’s been a staple of our set for so many years. It’s just one of the band’s favorite songs only because we play it so much.

What’s cool is that we’re going to get the opportunity to play a lot of other songs that we haven’t played live for a very super long time. Those could be my favorite songs at the end of the universe, like the closing track on Anthology called "Universe." It’s a song that we’ve regaled as one of our best songs. That should be fun to play. Some of those obscure tracks we never got to take to the road too much.

Is it ever painful to play "Smooth Criminal?"

It’s something that has changed throughout time. At the beginning we didn’t really care and then we were just having a great time. It got to where we probably started maybe getting sick of it a little bit when we went out on tour with Truant. It’s not that we were trying to be bigger, that made us what we are. We just wanted to be different.

Are y’all working on anything right now?

We’ve been living in Chicago for three months. We’re hoping to have a record first quarter – February or March. We recorded it in Chicago with producer Johnny K, who is famous for a lot of heavy rock stuff like Disturbed, Staind and he has done some alt stuff like Plain White T’s. He is a good tone guy. He is from the old school of recording and getting those tones that we really knew we needed to get as a rock band.

What band are you digging right now?

I love a band called Off. They’re like an old punk band that I would’ve grown up on, but they’re now. Keith Morris has come out with this new band that crushes anything punk for the last 10, 15 years. I have been working on a pop record for three months and I am just kind of an old punk and metaler.

Would y’all ever cover another song?

When we tried "Smooth Criminal" thing, we didn’t even play the whole song at first. We were just jamming the riff on stage for about five minutes and everybody just loved it. As far as what the future holds, I can’t give out any secrets. We’re not exactly rushing to do one but there are always lots of opinions flying around the room. We actually tracked a song last year – I can’t say which one it is. I think it would be fun to do it with a guest. I’m not saying we’re doing it, but it would be fun to do.

Source: Beaumont Enterprise

Interview: Terry @ Maximum Threshold

If you missed the interview with Terry and Maximum Threshold you can click on the link to listen now!

If the link ever goes down it’s rehosted on our site (go to Downloads section under 2012).

Don’t have time to listen to it? Lets sum it up:

  • studio in Chicago, working with Johnny K
  • Michael Forever Tribute
  • the new record
  • management and label changes
  • why did he left the band
  • future tour plans
  • the band wants the record to come out in early February 2013
  • they’re going to do a christmas concert for charity with symphony from Riverside Community College (old, new and christmas songs)
  • who did the yelling (OOoo!) on Smooth Criminal (it was Tye)
  • Michael Jackson and his feedback on Smooth Criminal back in 2001, what made the band chose Smooth Criminal over any other MJ song
  • the largest crowd AAF played to was 60 000 – 80 000 people
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Alien Ant Farm entered Groovemaster Studios in Chicago

Here’s a quick copy paste of the official annoucement:

“July 11, 2012 – Alien Ant Farm (@alienantfarm) has entered Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL to begin work on their fourth album, which will be released early 2013 on the Executive Music Group label.

The Southern California band’s original line-up–Dryden Mitchell (lead vocals), Mike Cosgrove (drums), Terry Corso (guitar), Tye Zamora (bass)–will record new songs together for the first time since 2003 with Grammy® Award nominee Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, 3 Doors Down), as well as other producers within the next few months.  This new approach utilizing various experts in the field will enhance the recording process, capturing Alien Ant Farm’s evolving musical direction, growth and creative style.

The band is extremely fired up about going into this record,” proclaims singer Dryden Mitchell.  “We’ve had the fortune in the past to work with some of the best in the business (Jay Baumgardner, the DeLeo brothers, Jim Wirt, James Murray) in some of the greatest studios (NRG, Conway, Glitter Dungeon).   Johnny K is no exception to the batting average, and his studio in Chicago rivals all the greats.  We all plan on a ‘newer’ sound for the band, at the same time keeping other Pop-Rock bands in check.  This ain’t your Soccer Mom’s band, but she can come backstage for an hour or two.

Alien Ant Farm started their music career in 2001 with ANThology, which was released on Papa Roach’s New Noize imprint on DreamWorks Records.  Thanks to the #1 single, “Smooth Criminal,” the album reached double-Platinum status.  2003’s truANT, produced by Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo, cracked the Top 25 and “Glow” hit #1 on charts outside the U.S. despite the imminent folding of its record label.  The band has toured all over the world with Linkin Park, Metallica, 311, and Papa Roach, and has sold over 3.5 million records worldwide.

In October 2011, the band was part of the Michael Forever tribute concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales along with Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Smokey Robinson and others.  They performed two Michael Jackson songs:  their smash hit #1 single, a remake of “Smooth Criminal,” and “PYT (Pretty Young Thing).”

Alien Ant Farm performing Pretty Young Thing “(P.Y.T.)

“More details about the new album and forthcoming tour plans will be announced in the coming months.”

Source: AAF’s official Facebook