THE ALARM�S NEW ALBUM, UNDER ATTACK, DELAYED UNTIL JUNE 13
Welsh rockers� Eleven Thirty Records/Redeye bow, first new U.S. release in 15 years, highlights leader Mike Peters� struggle with leukemia
LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2005�The Alarm�s new album, Under Attack, its first U.S. release in 15 years and debut under the Eleven Thirty Records/Redeye Distribution banner, has been moved back to June 13 from its previously scheduled May 30 date.
�We are excited and honored to have this album come out here because it�s been a long time since we had new music available in America,� says the band�s leader Mike Peters. �It�s a chance for us to reconnect with our fans, an audience we used to have a relationship with on a regular basis, and make our presence felt here in a way we�ve been aiming at for some time.�
The delay is due, in part, to the Alarm�s busy schedule, which included a pair of rapturously received performances at the prestigious SXSW conference in Austin, and Peters� current chemo sessions, a result of his bout with leukemia. �Without a Fight,� a song on the new album written prior to Peters discovering he had contracted the disease, now serves as his anthem in battling its debilitating effects, almost 10 years to the day from when he first contracted lymphoma, which he successfully defeated. Peters is confident that he�ll have a clean bill of health after his final chemo session later this month and be able to commence a U.S. tour.
�I was listening to the song on my iPod while in the hospital,� says Peters. ��I�ll never give up without a fight.� I realized my body must have been telling me subconsciously that I was ill again and I should be prepared.�
Formed in Wales in 1981 by Peters, The Alarm were one of the most successful post-punk bands of their era, selling more than 5 million albums worldwide, with 16 Top 50 U.K. singles, including �Spirit of �76,� �68 Guns� and �Blaze of Glory,� opening for the likes of Bob Dylan and U2 on U.S. tours. Their 1985 album, Strength, was a Top 40 hit on the U.S. album chart.
The band made a remarkable 2004 comeback that featured them scoring a British hit single under the fictitious name The Poppy Fields with �45 RPM.� Peters� new Alarm, dubbed MMVI for 2006, is a punk-rock super-group that features ex-Gene Loves Jezebel guitarist James Stevenson, former The Cult and Mission UK bassist Craig Adams and Stiff Little Fingers drummer Steve Grantley, who made up the line-up of The Poppy Fields.
Under Attack, released in Britain on Liberty/EMI, has already spawned the Top 25 U.K. single, �Superchannel.� With the U.S. release of the album now slated for June 13, Peters maintains a busy schedule. He is working with Shrek producer John H. Williams, who is overseeing the development of a major motion picture based on The Poppy Fields� unlikely tale of deception.
�I�m getting a second chance at life, and a second chance at rock and roll with The Alarm,� says Peters, who adds, �all that Aquanet I used in the �80s� has helped him retain his hair through the current chemo treatments. �You can�t ask for more than that.� And neither can U.S. Alarm fans.
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