Maybe it’s the way that “Sobriety Up and Left” hits me that first made me fall in love with Alcoholic Faith Mission, but now it’s so much more than that. I can say with absolute honesty that Alcoholic Faith Mission may be the most powerful and intense live performance I’ve ever witnessed from a non-traditional rock band. I don’t expect it to be topped anytime soon.
Needless to say, when I saw that Alcoholic Faith Mission had put out a free digital download collection of their top material in anticipation of their upcoming North American tour — and a Canadian record deal with my friends and huge Toronto music supporter Todd Arkell’s label — I was thrilled.
I write this post to implore you to run and not dawdle in getting your hands on this download before it disappears! To me, Alcoholic Faith Mission gets me every bit as excited as I found myself getting when I first listened to Funeral. That’s a bold statement, but one that I stand by unequivocally. It isn’t that they sound like Arcade Fire per se, though I could paint you a picture where it’s a lot closer than you think. Instead it’s the visceral intensity, the gang vocals, the beautiful and crushing lyrics, the massive crescendos, and the epic build to get to that point. It’s all of those things that will have me not even the least bit surprised if, at some point a few years down the road, Alcoholic Faith Mission are filling stadiums. They have that potential; the music truly has no ceiling that I can see.
So have I sold it enough?
Go get it: http://www.45records.ca/thisisAFM/