John Lennon once said he “wrote a song for breakfast, recorded It for lunch and released it for dinner“.
Well, it’s been a frantic 48 hours since Mike Peters announced his intention to make an Alarm album ready for worldwide release by his birthday on February 25th 2021.
Thursday saw the initial declaration of intent posted online, followed by the video upload on to YouTube of Protect And Survive – the first song written for this ambitious project.
Tonight, we have the thrill of unveiling a film (shot throughout yesterday), that captures an impromptu writing session and demonstration recording for another brand new song of this fast developing new Alarm recording situation.
The film you will see at 9pm tonight was recorded by Jules Jones Peters and features a rare glimpse into the creative mind and working processes of Mike Peters the songwriter.
“I am determined that this creative journey should be unlike any other recording session in Alarm history,” states Mike. “Usually our records have been made behind closed doors. This time I want the doors to remain open all the way through from the first steps of creation to the conclusion and realisation of the ideas I have in my mind, through to the final mix stage and release.”
Today has seen another burst of creative energy as the team that will build this vision with Mike cones into focus.
Stay tuned to all the Alarm social media channels for more tomorrow.
Stay connected, stay safe, love, hope and strength, Music will keeps us strong
Watch the second film of the new Alarm album’s creative journey at 9pm UK. WAR IS NOT OVER.
The first song written for the new album is called PROTECT AND SURVIVE and you can watch and hear Mike Peters singing it for the first time ever now.
Film of Protect and Survive – filmed and directed by Jules Jones Peters
In case you missed it, here is a personal message from Mike Peters.
Time to make a record.
The Alarm has always been a responsive musical unit and when I saw the word ‘alarming’ being quoted and splashed across the global news footage of events taking place last night, it was as if someone had put up a sign telling me to act, and act fast.
Starting today, I will take the first steps in writing, recording and creating a brand new Alarm album that will be informed and shaped by everything we are all seeing and experiencing right now.
A moment in time not dissimilar to the days that led The Alarm to make and release the Raw Album 30 years ago..
I’m not going to attempt to remake Raw but rather, make a record driven by the ‘spirit intended’.
When you look at RAW from behind it looks like this – WAR.
So this is where I shall begin.
Personally, I always felt we missed an opportunity when we made Raw back in 1991. The original intention was to make a fast and furious record that was subsequently displaced by what turned out to be a compromised creative state rather than an all out attempt to capture the zeitgeist of a world plunged into conflict by a Gulf War playing out on screens and in homes just beginning to be influenced by the power of the 24 hour news channels we have today.
Now, we also have social media and an internet that has moved on from being the preserve of the few to something that is now available to all.
The technology is there to make a record in Lockdown (we proved that last March by turning our home into a television studio for the Big Night In), and so, I shall start writing songs and lyrics, speaking to producers and musicians today and see who wants to come with me.
By the time of my birthday on February 25th 2021, I hope to have recorded a music collection that can be delivered quickly and almost instantly into the world, so let’s get to work and see where this adventure will take us.