The days of Mtv actually playing videos may be long over, but it still holds true that a band, if they REALLY want to make it, NEEDS a videography. Not only do videos showcase the musicality, they create the framework of a narrative with which they're identified. For the most part, bands will hire directors who bring with them a history and experience, and often a reputation to give the video credibility, but the cost is often beyond the reach of new and emerging bands; many will create their own, with varying degrees of success (and failure). The DIY movement in music, resulting from the bottoming out of the industry, however, has allowed a select few who have both the acoustic and visual talent to pull it off, and Texas based Alien Knife Fight have both in abundance. Headed by Lancaster PA born and Boston seasoned Monique Ortiz (she of Bourbon Princess and AKACOD roots), who's smoky voice is matched only by her brilliant bass skills and songwriting, this duo has all of the elements necessary, and yet somehow aren't already a household name. But it looks like that's about to change with the release of their 1/1 EP, Some Girls, and the DIY Official Video for their newest single, "Flightplan." Surreal and dreamy, the lo-fi imagery in "Flight Plan" ties in seamlessly with the almost gospel feeling of the song.
Says Monique of "Flightplan":
"'Flightplan' is really about how much of my creative life has been a very steep uphill climb. In many ways it's my 'fuck you' to everyone who has written me off, been dismissive of me and my work, and for all those who have and continue to ignore me altogether ("too bad you're late to the party"). Since childhood I've always been kind of an outsider, never really fitting in, never quite cool enough, never invited to the parties. I was the one girl who worked at the rock club and could never get a gig there, while all my shoe gaze, noise band coworkers gigged regularly. That sort of thing. I was always a bit awkward and nerdy. At some point in my teens I just kinda said 'screw it. I'll just do what I want to do, and if no one ever gets it, fine because I don't need anyone's approval.' It's probably the closest thing I've come to writing about female empowerment. Now I've taken flight, and I'm leaving all the naysayers behind."
There's no question that the pair are indeed ready to take off and over in the Indie Rock World. AKF will be hitting the road THIS WEEK with Scott H Biram and Jesse Dayton for a West Coast tour, and I think we can be assured that the world will be hearing more of their unique brand of rock.
AKF 2017 West Coast tour with Scott H Biram & Jesse Dayton:
03/23 @ Hoots Pub, Amarillo, TX
03/24 @ Triple Nickle Tavern – Colorado Springs, CO
03/25 @ 3 Kings – Denver, CO
03/26 @ Hodis Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
03/28 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
03/29 @ Neurolux – Boise, ID
03/31 @ Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
04/01 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR
04/04 @ Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
04/05 @ Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
04/06 @ Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
04/07 @ Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA
04/08 @ Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AR
04/13 @ Three Links – Dallas, TX
04/14 @ Antone’s – Austin, TX
04/15 @ Continental Club – Houston, TX (with Sam Pace, and Hilary York)
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