Bands to Watch #184: Alcoholic Faith Mission

By on Wednesday, 21st July 2010 at 12:00 pm

I get sent a LOT of music. Every so often I find a gem but don’t have the time to write about it – this is just one such example. Alcoholic Faith Mission‘s new CD, Let This Be the Last Night…, came just as I was moving flat, enduring two weeks with no internet. I put on the CD, having known nothing about the band, and slowly fell a tiny bit in love. There was snow outside, I’d moved to a new city where I knew no-one, and they fitted what was going on in my life perfectly.

At first I thought they were another Arcade Fire rip off group, but I was so wrong. They’ve slowly managed to worm their way into the role of possibly my favourite album of 2010 so far. Sounding a bit like the best elements of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene mixed with a sombre Bon Iver, the album sways from fists-in-the-air life affirming gloriousness (“Got Love? Got Shellfish!”) to the saddening, and fragile (“Sobriety Up And Left” and “Snuck In To Ride It”).

The band started in Brooklyn, NYC in 2006. Thorben Seierø Jensen and Sune Sølund were “wandering around the raw winter-y streets, shooting the breeze, brushing on alcoholism”. They came across a huge neon cross above a building sign-posted as The Apostolic Faith Mission. Identifying with its aim “to withstand an empty existence”, they named their band Alcoholic Faith Mission, and have since built up a strong fanbase in Europe, the USA and Japan.

Enjoy two acoustic songs from their album below…


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[…] is possibly one of my favourite songs of 2010, from the very talented Alcoholic Faith Mission who we introduced the other day. Download, listen and enjoy….MP3: The Alcoholic Faith Mission – My Eyes to SeeAudio […]

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