The Aliens (Scottish band)

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The Aliens
GenresIndie rock,[1] neo-psychedelia,[1] psychedelic rock, electronica, funk
Years active2005–2008
LabelsEMI/Pet Rock Records
Associated actsThe Beta Band, Lone Pigeon
Past membersGordon Anderson
John Maclean
Robin Jones

The Aliens were a Scottish band consisting of former Beta Band members Gordon Anderson (aka Lone Pigeon, lead vocals, guitar), John Maclean (keyboards, backing vocals) and Robin Jones (drums, backing vocals). They have two albums, two EP's and a number of singles.[2] Their debut album, Astronomy for Dogs charted at #46 in the UK Album Chart in 2007.[3]


They formed in 2005 after Maclean and Jones had left The Beta Band the previous year and asked Anderson to join their new project.[4] Anderson had been part of an early incarnation of the Beta Band and had been friends with Maclean since their school-going days in St Andrews. He described the friendship as "Gordon keeps you on your toes with his misbehaviour. Fifty percent of the time we’re like two fighting siblings. The other fifty percent of the time it’s like I’m a dad and he’s a child".[5]

Their first release, the EP Alienoid Starmonica, recorded by John Williamson, was released to the UK iTunes Music Store on 20 March 2006, and on CD and 12" on 8 May 2006 on their own EMI imprint, Pet Rock. The majority of the material was originally written by Anderson. The band made their touring debut in November of that year.[5]

The Aliens released their first album, Astronomy for Dogs, on 19 March 2007. The album was recorded in The Cave, the small recording space beneath the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh before being put onto disc at Olympic Studios in London. The band produced it themselves. The release was timed to coincide with a ten-date UK tour but this had to be canceled due to Gordon Anderson breaking his clavicle climbing up a tree. The tour was rescheduled to May/June of that same year. In October 2007 they toured North America.

In spring of 2008, the band cancelled all shows except their festival appearances due to the increasing ill health of Gordon Anderson during the recording of the second album; however, on his recovery the band completed a string of UK festival dates in July. The new album, Luna was released on 29 September 2008 and was preceded by the single "Magic Man", released on 22 September.





  • "The Happy Song" (18 September 2006)
  • "Setting Sun" (5 March 2007)
  • "Robot Man" (25 June 2007)
  • "Magic Man" (22 September 2008)


  1. ^ a b "The Aliens". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "The Aliens (2)". Discogs. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ "ALIENS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  4. ^ Soobramanien, Natasha (19 May 2011). "Metaphysical Headphones & Dead Sounds: Lone Pigeon Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "The Aliens". Clash Magazine. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2015.

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