As the Declaration World tour 2014 continues Mike Peters will take the music of The Alarm to Australia for the first time ever this December.
It promises to be a fitting and historic occasion when Mike begins his Australia 2014 Declaration Tour at The Basement in Sydney, New South Wales on December 4th followed by an appearance as special guest at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 6th December (Ticket information for this appearance will be announced soon), and Perth at The Cab @ Rosie O’Grady’s on Sunday December 7th.
Thursday 4th December – Sydney The Basement Get Tickets Here
Saturday 6th December – Melbourne World Cancer Congress Inspiring Lives, Inspiring Music
Sunday 7th December – Perth The Cab @ Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge Get Tickets Here
Upon its original release on February 13th 1984, ‘Declaration’, The Alarm’s debut album, instantly catapulted Mike Peters and the band on to the worldwide stage. Now thirty years later, Mike Peters will perform the entire album in full, with a unique one-man band ‘Alarm’ style show which will highlight the original alt-folk, acoustic punk protest roots of the songs that form the core of the album’s original intent.
The sonic blueprint for The Alarm’s organic sound was amplified acoustic guitars, harmonica and a drum kit; a formidable sonic attack that will be reinforced in a contemporary setting this December, when Mike Peters’ ‘Declaration’ will be unveiled in Australia alongside the contemporary remake of the album that Alarm fans know so well.
Mike Peters presents Declaration in a unique one man band style ‘Alarm’ show, utilising performance, stories and images to highlight the impact Declaration had on the decade it was born in, and its ongoing relevance, as Mike Peters continues his personal fight against cancer with the Love Hope Strength Foundation ‘Saving lives – One Concert At A Time’.
Upon release in February 1984, Declaration debuted at number 6 in the UK charts, achieving gold record status before becoming a top 40 hit in the USA. The Alarm’s sound was powered by unique electro-acoustic guitars that no one had seen before, prompting Rolling Stone Magazine to write “One of the best new live bands…, and they’ve put a lot of that power into their first album”.
The album itself, was a pioneering mix of protest punk, folk, americana and stadium rock as described by US reviewer Jim Connely in 1984′s Dead Air Diary “While a lot of bands have tried to combine the ’60s and ’70s, none of them have been as successful as The Alarm. Musically, their secret is that they draw on Punk and then temper it with an acoustic sound while avoiding the wimpiness usually associated with folk. Lyrically, it works because they avoid Punk nihilism and concentrate more on positive personal politics. This is rock and roll at its very finest and U2, R.E.M. and the rest are going to have to work very hard to top it”.
In 2014, 30 years on from the original release of the album that brought Mike Peters and The Alarm to the attention of the world, Mike is still challenging that same audience through the outreach of his music and charitable actions and literally living out the words that open the Declaration album ‘Take this song of freedom, put it on and arm yourself for the fight, our hearts must have the courage to keep on marching on and on”.