The Band: Alcoholic Faith Mission (Copenhagen)
The Timeslot: Weds March 9th at Midnight
What To Expect: In my honest opinion, of all the bands I’ve heard that are playing the festival, this one might be my favourite. Not to mention, they are on Paper Garden Records in the States, and I adore that label. They are a six-piece who play a massive indie sound that is at some times utterly inspirational, and others dark and dreary. Here is what MTV had to say about the band when previewing SXSW:
“Brooding lyrics and crying-in-your-beer folk-balladeer singalongs…these five Danes are out to wreck your heart with carefully calibrated bombs of acoustic sorrow.” - MTV (International Artists to Watch at SXSW ’11)
For me the song “Sobriety Up and Left” — which is on their MySpace — is an intense and awesome listening experience. I’m not really one to get overly emotional when listening to music, but this song seriously tugs at my heartstrings. I’m not the only one saying it — check some of this out:
“Like omniscient musical deities, Danish Brooklynites Alcoholic Faith Mission have swooped down and bestowed two tracks upon us, that with their glacial pace and striking beauty are guaranteed to restore your fragile sense of inner tranquility. In truth, I’d expect nothing less from the hipster descendants of King Hroðgar, but I digress.” - Ampeater Music
“These five Danes are out to wreck your heart with carefully calibrated bombs of acoustic sorrow. But you won’t mind because Alcoholic Faith Mission is so very, very good at it.” - MTV Iggy
And it just keeps on going. The band will be playing the festival a second time on Friday night at the Dakota Tavern. I hope you can make it over to their Rancho set, as I have stacked that night because I am so excited to have Alcoholic Faith Mission, but either way they should be on your schedule. Bands like this — bands you cannot see every week — are what fuels this and any festival. It is why people come from all over the world to spend time in Toronto and take in live music for CMW and NXNE.
I’ve embedded a video of my favourite song, the aforementioned “Sobriety Up and Left”. I haven’t heard a song that cuts like this one since “Funeral” by Band of Horses.