Alien Ant Farm
|Alien Ant Farm|
|Origin||Moreno Valley, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative metal, post-grunge, nu metal|
|Past members||Joe Hill
Alien Ant Farm is an American alternative rock band that formed in Moreno Valley, California, United States, in 1995. Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the earth: "that was just my daydream about planet seeding by entities from other dimensions" The band has sold over 5 million units worldwide, and has four studio albums, and eight music videos.
The band currently includes the original founding members; Dryden Mitchell (vocalist), Terry Corso (guitarist), Tye Zamora (bassist), and Mike Cosgrove (drummer). They played their first show on Mitchell's twentieth birthday and released their $100 EP that year. In 1998 they released their Love Songs EP.
In 2001, their cover of Michael Jackson's song, "Smooth Criminal", was a No. 1 single in Australia and New Zealand, a No. 3 single in the UK, and No. 1 on the US Modern Rock charts. The music video features numerous tributing homages to Michael Jackson and his videos, but has been considered by many as a parody to his work. Terry Corso, the band's guitarist, addressed this in an MTV interview on the set of the music video, saying, "We want to pay homage to Michael Jackson, but on our level. Obviously we're not that glitzy, so we just want to tastefully take the stuff that's cool in his videos and apply it in our own dirty little backyard way."
The song was featured on the soundtrack of the first season of WWE Tough Enough and in the movie American Pie 2. Their following single "Movies" was a Top 5 hit in the UK and a Top 20 hit in New Zealand. The band began touring in promotion of these two singles and their album, which later went platinum.
In spring of 2002, the band contributed "Bug Bytes" to the first Spider-Man soundtrack.
In May 2002, the band was involved in a bus accident while touring in Spain. While the whole band suffered minor injuries, the driver, 26-year-old Christopher Holland, was killed, and lead singer Dryden Mitchell suffered a fractured C2 vertebra.
Alien Ant Farm soon returned to the studio to work on their next album, Truant, which was released in 2003 and produced by Stone Temple Pilots' Robert and Dean DeLeo. The video for "These Days", the first single from the album, was filmed on top of a nearby building during the Red Carpet at the 2003 BET Awards. "Glow" was a mainstream radio success, achieving long lasting Top 20 success in New Zealand. Two months after this album was released, however, their record label closed its doors. This hindered the album's popularity over time, and the album was much less successful than their platnum selling debut.
In October 2003, guitarist Terry Corso split with the band citing "irreconcilable differences". Soon after, he joined Powerman 5000 for a time. Victor Camacho (a long time friend of the band and guitar player) immediately joined the band and completed the remainder of the Truant tour until the band returned home. Joe Hill was named the new guitarist in 2005 (formerly in Spiderworks).
In 2004, the band recorded the song "Dark in Here" for the The Punisher video game. Unfortunately, the band was forced to wait for Geffen to allow them to record another album (after Universal Music bought DreamWorks and assigned the band to its Geffen Records label).
In 2005, the band recorded with producer Jim Wirt (who recorded their independent, debut release Greatest Hits) and planned to release the album during that summer. However, Geffen shelved the album and subsequently denied the band the rights to release it themselves. The band hit the road and made bootleg copies of the album material available to all of their fans. This unofficial release was dubbed 3rd Draft by fans.
Four video games have featured the band's songs. Their song "Wish" was in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, while the song "Courage" also featured on the Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder and ATV Offroad Fury 2, and the song "These Days" was featured on Madden NFL 2004.
In late 2005, Geffen finally agreed to let the band release the album on another Universal label, Universal Music Enterprises (its catalogue division). On May 4, 2006, information began showing up on music store websites and release calendars about an upcoming release from the band. The band also released information about a DVD that same day. On May 30, 2006 the new album, Up in the Attic, was released digitally on iTunes and sold at various retailers. The Best Buy Edition included a bonus track, "Repeat Defender". The first single was "Forgive and Forget", the one added track to 3rd Draft.
In April 2006, bassist Tye Zamora left the band and decided to go to college. The short amount of live shows thereafter featured Alex Burrito on bass. On June 29, 2006, the band performed on G4's Attack of the Show, and on July 18, 2006, Up In The Attic was released worldwide, along with BUSted: The Definitive DVD. Included on the DVD were music videos for "Forgive and Forget", "Around the Block", and "She's Only Evil". Notably, the three videos feature only Dryden Mitchell and Mike Cosgrove.
Since the July 2006 release of Up in the Attic, very little has happened. Their website remained unchanged from November 2006 until April 2007 when an update promoting the Alien Ant Fans website, created by a long time Polish fan, Bartek, was added.
On February 11, 2008, the band posted a statement on their website stating Terry Corso and Tye Zamora had rejoined the band. It was also revealed that the band had "unofficially broken up" in 2007 due to the fact that 2006's Up in the Attic was their least successful album.
It appeared that they had broken up again since the vocalist Dryden Mitchell has joined/formed the band Send the Sages. Also, guitarist Terry Corso and drummer Michael Cosgrove have been putting in time with their own project band Ghost In The Flesh, as has Zamora with the band eEnik. But on May 29, 2009 A.A.F.'s official website announced a show for June 17, 2009 in Kansas City, MO. Also on May 26, The band's first live album, entitled Alien Ant Farm: Live In Germany was released on iTunes, featuring the same cover as their 20th Century Masters album.
In 2009, they were announced to play Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK on Saturday 1 August. They had also performed "Smooth Criminal" at the 2009 Vans' Warped Tour in memory of the now late Michael Jackson, in which Alien Ant Farm had also posted several entries on their site concerning his death.
The band's MySpace profile was redesigned with a new layout, featuring a blog posting that featured the June 27th show in HD, and an announcement that new material was being worked on.
On February 9, 2010, Alien Ant Farm posted on their official website that the original line up (Dryden Mitchell, Terry Corso, Tye Zamora and Mike Cosgrove) is back together for the first time since 2003. On February 27, 2010, the Alien Ant Farm official website released the band's first "webizode" titled Bassmasters.
Alien Ant Farm recently signed with FHM | Primary Wave Management, who also has Bayside, Hawthorne Heights,Nonpoint, Volbeat, Saving Abel, 50 Cent, CeeLo among others.
On October 18, their Myspace was updated and live videos of several new songs such as Godlike, Yellow Pages, High On The Horizon and Simpatico have been uploaded.
Alien Ant Farm announced the ANTicipation 2011 Tour which took place across the continental U.S.. The tour began July 9, and ended in October. They also took part in the "Michael Forever Tribute Concert" which took place on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. They announced in Mid-October that they have started writing and recording new material, and on July 2, 2012 the band started working on cutting, recording and mixing the new album at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago and released a press release to that effect on July 11, 2012.
On February 21, 2013, Alien Ant Farm has recently released another statement on Facebook regarding going into the studio once again to record their 5th studio album. Shortly after on March 4, the band released they intend to fund their next album, titled Always and Forever as well as future endeavours through PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding direct-pay-to-artist music platform. The first single from Always and Forever, "Let 'Em Know", was released in May 2013.
Musical style and influences
Although initially grouped in with the nu metal movement of the late 90s and early 2000s, the band's sound also crosses over into other genres, such as alternative rock, alternative metal, punk rock, pop punk and post-grunge. The bands influences include Primus.
Alien Ant Farm typically has quirky videos, such as the Michael Jackson tributes in "Smooth Criminal", the film "Movies" homages (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters) in the primary version of "Movies", and the personified appliances in "Glow". They also crashed the BET Awards, a Gay Pride parade, and a scheduled performance by Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera for their music video of "These Days".
In an interview on Vinnie Langdon's Television Show, The Vinnie Langdon Show (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) in 2010, Dryden Mitchell seemingly regretted the humorous music videos from earlier in the decade, Claiming that, "I think we got kinda coined as this funny band, even though the music wasn't really funny, but all of our videos were kind of a little more silly hearted, even if the song wasn't."
- Dryden Mitchell – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar (1995–present)
- Terry Corso – lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–2003, 2008–present)
- Tye Zamora – bass guitar, piano, kalimba, backing vocals (1995–2006, 2008–present)
- Mike Cosgrove – drums, percussion (1995–present)
- Joe Hill - lead guitars, backing vocals (2004–2008)
- Alex Barreto - bass guitar, backing vocals (2006–2008)
- Gavin Hayes – slide guitar on Anthology (2001 — tracks "Stranded", "Orange Appeal")
- Otmaro Ruíz – piano on Truant (2003)
- Robert DeLeo – organ, backing vocals on Truant (2003)
- Lenny Castro – percussion on Truant (2003)
- Reiss Chunyan – triangle on Truant (2003)
- Larry Corbett – cello on Truant (2003)
- Suzie Katayama – cello on Truant (2003)
- Dan Smith – cello on Truant (2003)
- Eve Butler – violin on Truant (2003)
- Darius Campo – violin on Truant (2003)
- Joel Derouin – violin on Truant (2003)
- Norm Hughes – violin on Truant (2003)
- Mark Robertson – violin on Truant (2003)
- John Wittenberg – violin on Truant (2003)
- Andrew Scheps – trumpet on Truant (2003)
- Jair Neciosup – backing vocals on Truant (2003)
- David Campbell – string arrangements on Truant, Anthology (2001 "Universe" -2003)
- Aaron Jackson - Violin for Truant tour (2003–2004)
- Will Pearce - Organ for Truant tour (2003–2004)
- Pete Darwent - Trumpet for Truant tour (2003–2004)
- Amar Tailor - cello for Truant tour (2003–2004)
- Yanick Vincent - Flute on Anthology (2001 - Track "Orange Appeal")
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- Official website
- Alien Ant Farm on Myspace
- rehearsals.com performances
- Alien Ant Farm at Rolling Stone
- Fan Site
- Alien Ant Farm on Demand