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April
2010

ALIEN SEX FIEND - LIVE SHOWS IN EUROPE - MAY & JULY
Ticket for all shows are on sale NOW


ALIEN SEX FIEND will be playing live at

Friday May 21st - La Nuit des Ombres Grenoble, France POSTPONED
Sunday May 23rd - Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig, Germany
Monday May 24th - Pena Festayre Paris, France
Saturday July 17th - Underground Koln, Germany
Sunday July 18th - Gothic Festival Waregem, Belgium


Grenoble flyer-postponed

FRIDAY 21 MAY - GRENOBLE, FRANCE

FRIDAY 21 MAY - GRENOBLE, FRANCE - POSTPONED
(Please see promoter's statement)
Venue : La Nuit des Ombres
Address : La Bastille de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Ticket websites : Fnac / Carrefour / Francebillet

TICKET REFUNDS :
Please contact the ticket company concerned.

SUNDAY 23 MAY - LEIPZIG, GERMANY
Venue : Wave-Gotik-Treffen Festival
Address : Leipzig, Germany
Alien Sex Fiend will play the Midnight Special headline show on May 23rd.
Other bands : Many other bands will be at the festival, see the WGT website for listing.
Ticket price : 66 (for entire festival from May 21 to May 24))
Tickets are not available for individual days.
Parking tickets ( 15) & camping (Obsorge) tickets ( 25) are optional extras.
Ticket website : Wave-Gotik-Treffen
Tickets can be ordered NOW

WGT banner 2

SUNDAY 23 MAY - LEIPZIG, GERMANY

Paris 24 May Flyer

MONDAY 24 MAY - PARIS, FRANCE

MONDAY 24 MAY - PARIS, FRANCE
Venue : Pena Festayre
Address : 32 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France
(Metro : Porte De La Villette, exit via Galerie Basse)
Doors : 18.00 Curfew : 23.00
Support : Wallender + Warum Joe
All Ages show
Ticket price :
20 (advance) 23 (door)
Ticket websites : Ticketnet / Digitick / Fnac
Ticket reservations by email
Tickets are on sale NOW

SATURDAY 17 JULY - KOLN, GERMANY
Venue : Underground
Address : Vogelsangerstr.200, 50825 Köln, Germany
Doors : 19.30 Curfew : 23.00
Support : TBA
Ticket price : 18 (advance) 23 (door)
Ticket website : Ticketmaster
Tickets are on sale NOW

SATURDAY 17 JULY - KOLN, GERMANY

Gothic Festival Waregem Flyer

SUNDAY 18 JULY - WAREGEM, BELGIUM

SUNDAY 18 JULY - WAREGEM, BELGIUM
Venue : Gothic Festival
Address : Expo Waregem, Waregem, Belgium
Other bands : Alien Sex Fiend will be co-headlining on Sunday, many other bands will be at the festival, see the Festival website for listing.
Ages : Under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or adult
Ticket price : from 44 (1 day) to 89 "all in"
(entire weekend plus camping)
Festival runs across 3 days - 16 / 17 / 18 July.
Different ticket options are available from 1 day, 2 days
or all days & with/without camping.
Ticket websites : The Black Cave / Fnac
Tickets are on sale NOW


April
2010

BLUE CRUMB TRUCK ONLINE STORE NEWS
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March
2010

FIENDISH ALBUM BLOG - MARCH


Alien Sex Fiend Death Trip Vinyl LP

DEATH TRIP Vinyl LP front cover art

Alien Sex Fiend Death Trip CD

DEATH TRIP CD front cover art

UPDATE 31 MARCH 17.32 pm Nik Fiend writes :
The Vinyl LP test pressing of Death Trip sounded SO good I just had to listen to another one for a 2nd fix! I've had an "experience".. it made me wanna run around going "aaarggghhh yeeeessss!" it gave me a musical boner... major wood dude! I am really old enough to know better, but actually thank fuck I don't! I could hear every little nuance, it was glorious, the opposite of antiseptic music - out of control... it does it for me! Bollox to analysing the whys & wherefores - if it does it for you why be put off by what anyone else says?

UPDATE 31 MARCH 12.58 pm Vinyl LP test pressings of Death Trip have arrived - yaaay.... now to give it a spin.... we've been waiting for this moment for SO long..

UPDATE 25 MARCH Nik Fiend writes : Vinyl test pressings due next week.. Can't wait - I'm drooling at the prospect!

UPDATE 22 MARCH 2010
Package has now gone to our new digital distributor so they can get Nocturnal Emissions, Information Overload, Para-Abnormal & of course the new Death Trip album available as downloads.

UPDATE 19 MARCH 2010 Mrs Fiend writes :
Finally finished the mega-sized download forms so that the new album "Death Trip" will be available via download for them that wants it, but it sounds better on CD & even better on Vinyl... but each to their own eh?

UPDATE 17 MARCH 2010
Manufacturing licenses are all ok. Phew!

UPDATE 12 MARCH 2010
Album artwork proofs arrived today, checked 'em out - perfecto!

UPDATE 10 March 2010
Catching up with all the jobs left to one side while the album art was getting done....

UPDATE 09 March 2010
An exciting day - at 14.46 hours all parts for the album were sent off to manufacturers - can't wait to get the Vinyl LP test pressings - yum!

UPDATE 08 March 2010 Nik Fiend writes :
A few corrections made & then the vinyl art was added to the templates for manufacturing. & at 21.39 hours - ALL the artwork was finished. For CD and vinyl - OH YES!! It's all been printed out to double check everything too. The printer had steam coming out of its ears! It's been so frantically full on, I just hope I don't go into a downer now... don't wanna stop or wind down really! It's weird to have finished it... A brief celebration before starting to catch up with other stuff that's been on the back burner while we've been concentrating on the artwork...

UPDATE 07 March 2010 - Nik Fiend writes :
CD art is all finished. Over to Mrs F for final proof reading - my spelling can be a bit er-"interesting"! - while I get on with fitting the vinyl templates.....

UPDATE 05 March 2010 - Nik Fiend writes :
Finished fitting the CD Booklet & half of the inner sleeve for the LP onto the templates. We ain't done ANY vinyl since 1998 (Tarot 12" single), it's all been CD. You lot said you wanted a vinyl LP - so I'm doing IT for YOU!

UPDATE 04 March 2010 - Mrs Fiend writes :
After much to-ing & fro-ing for the last couple of weeks we've settled on the manufacturer for both the CD & Vinyl LP. Lacquers for the Vinyl LP have been collected from Metropolis. Nik has to fit his artworks into the manufacturer's templates - some swearing is involved when you find that the sizing of the templates varies by 1mm from when we did "Para-Abnormal"!

UPDATE 03 March 2010
Album barcodes sorted, Catalogue numbers - check, legal stuff done, forms filled...(download ones to do later).. artwork looking awesome - soon come!


March
2010

PRE-ORDER ALIEN SEX FIEND'S NEW ALBUM "DEATH TRIP" !!!


PRE-ORDER
the
ALIEN SEX FIEND
NEW STUDIO ALBUM
DEATH TRIP

CD Album

Alien Sex Fiend Death Trip CD

16 page booklet
with all-new Nik Fiend artwork

Cat No : FULL CD1305

Pre-order now from
Blue Crumb Truck

Scheduled release date : 3rd May 2010

Featuring 10 original tracks

TRACK LISTING
Erazerdrone / Land Of The Living Dead / One Way Ticket /
The Hills Have Eyes / B.B.F.C. / Intensify The Treatment /
Dance Of The Dead / Voodoo / Beyond A Psychic Evil /
Oops! Wrong Planet

(Downloads available on release date)

hallucinosound

Released by 13th Moon Records

13th Moon

Distributed by
Nova
via Plastic Head Distribution

PHD

Limited Edition Vinyl LP

Alien Sex Fiend Death Trip Vinyl LP

Only 666 (!!!) Hand-numbered by Nik Fiend himself

Cat No : FULL LP1305

Pre-order now from
Blue Crumb Truck


March
2010

13TH MOON RECORDS - DOWNLOADS
A change is coming


13th Moon Records

Skull drawing by Nik Fiend

This is to let you know that 13th Moon Records is changing its digital distributor for all of its Alien Sex Fiend digital downloads.

All Alien Sex Fiend tracks released by 13th Moon Records, which are have been available on various download sites, might "disappear" for a short while until the new distributor kicks into action. During such a changeover there will inevitably be some gaps in the service, so please be patient if a track you want is temporarily unavailable.

It should be better all round once its done, with annoying issues like incorrectly spelled song titles being resolved at last! Also tracks from Alien Sex Fiend singles via 13th Moon Records will be included at a later date making them available on download for the first time.

Titles affected will be :
Nocturnal Emissions (Special Edition)
Flashbacks (Live 1995-98) 
Information Overload
Para-Abnormal

This change will not affect the new studio album Death Trip. Nor will it affect any of the Anagram/Cherry Red Records back catalogue downloads i.e. records from the 80s, early 90s & the various single compilations, because those are not part of the 13th Moon Records catalogue & they are handled by a different digital distributor.


Feb
2010

LIVE SHOWS - JUST ANNOUNCED!
Alien Sex Fiend to play Grenoble, WGT Leipzig, Paris, Gothic Festival Waregem


ALIEN SEX FIEND
will be playing live at

Friday May 21st - La nuit des Ombres Grenoble, France

Sunday May 23rd - Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig, Germany

Monday May 24th - Pena Festayre Paris, France

Sunday July 18th - Gothic Festival Waregem, Belgium

As soon as I have any further information, such as where you can buy tickets, I will post the information up here. OR if you subscribe to my "ASF News" email list you will automatically receive updates - ASF Webmaster

Nik Fiend live


Feb
2010

FIENDISH STUDIO UPDATE - FEBRUARY


Death Trip mastering

DEATH TRIP ALBUM -
VINYL LP BEING MASTERED
Photo credit : Nik Fiend

This photo was taken at Metropolis during the mastering
of the album. It shows the "just cut" lacquer master for
the "A" side of the Death Trip LP.

The cutting arm has literally just finished cutting the grooves &
it has moved off to the right. This lacquer master, which is bigger
than a finished 12" album, is then sent to the pressing plant. From
it metal plates are made, these plates press the finished record's grooves. How cool is that???

UPDATE 28 February 2010
New album has now been mastered... yaaay! big thanks to Noel & Yvonne at Metropolis in London for all their help. Next up is to get it into manufacturing... (see pic opposite for an "in action" mastering photo)

UPDATE 26 February 2010 - Mrs Fiend writes :
Now that the recording process is finished - we've decided to change the title of this blog to "Fiendish Album Update" cos once the recording is completed - all the other work starts!! Firstly the artwork, which - when you do all of it yerself as we do - takes quite a while!!! So Nik's been working on ideas for that for sometime. Then you've gotta get the album mastered, then manufactured. But before you can manufacture you hafta arrange barcodes, Catalogue Numbers, do the legal stuff - which is basically filling in one heck of a lot of forms - yes they are mostly online forms these days but you can guarantee they'll have changed the bloody format since the last time you did 'em - aaaaarghhh.... stuff like listing out all the tracks in order, writers, name of the record company, blah, blah, along with various special codes so the different songs can be identified..... & you wanna see the download forms!! ERK! We couldn't let out the title of the album until all that stuff was done but now we can say it - loud n proud - it's called.... DEATH TRIP!

So we thought it would be interesting for you to hear about all the various steps we'll be taking to get the finished DEATH TRIP CD & LP onto the store shelves - be they real or virtual...

UPDATE 24 February 2010
Album cut will be happening this week (snow permitting!)... it's all go here!

UPDATE 18 February 2010 - Nik Fiend writes :
Getting the tracks tied up now ready to go & do the cut (mastering). We're sweating & toiling to get it all together as soon as is possible, but like everything - it always takes a bit longer than expected!

UPDATE 13 February 2010 - Nik Fiend writes :
Still been mostly working on artwork for the album... though did have to mix a couple of the tracks again - just a few finishing touches were needed to get 'em as corking as possible, so that the album will be honking on all fronts. Other people probably wouldn't have bothered, but we ain't like that....

UPDATE - 01 February 2010 - Working on album artwork....


Feb
2010

ALIEN SEX FIEND ANNOUNCE TITLE OF NEW ALBUM - "DEATH TRIP" !!!


ALIEN SEX FIEND
NEW STUDIO ALBUM
entitled
DEATH TRIP
COMING SOON...

on CD (Cat No : FULL CD1305)
& as a Limited Edition Vinyl LP (Cat No : FULL LP1305)
also available on Download

Featuring 10 original tracks
Scheduled release date : 3rd May 2010
Released by 13th Moon Records
Distributed by Nova via Plastic Head Distribution

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

13th Moon Records

Nova

PHD


Feb
2010

DEMON PREACHER SONG ON COMPILATION CD
- from Nik's pre-Alien Sex Fiend days


VARIOUS ARTISTS - MESSTHETICS #107 - DIY 78-81 London III

Released by the Hyped To Death label, The Messthetics compilations concentrate on rare, DIY, independent , undiscovered punk & post-punk bands around the UK & US from 1977 to 1984 -  "Music realised & released by any means necessary".

The Messthetics #107 CD is a collection of 23 tracks (plus 7 bonus mp3s), focusing on London based bands between the years 1978 to 1981 & includes the track "Royal Northern" by Demon Preacher. As you may already know this was Nik Fiend's earlier band, (& later The Demons) which at one time included Razzle, later to drum for Hanoi Rocks. The 4 track "Royal Northern EP" released on the Illegal Pressings label was Demon Preacher's first single. Record Collector (May 2006) had it listed as selling for £80 a copy in their Top 100 Punk Rarities !

After spending all of his spare cash to record the tracks, Nik borrowed the money from his boss at work to get the records pressed, & - in true punk stylee - he photocopied, sellotaped & hand numbered all the sleeves himself . The record caught the late, great John Peel's ear and eye and sold out quickly enough for Nik to re-pay his boss & for Small Wonder to offer a record deal for a follow-up, the infamous 'Little Miss Perfect' which hit #3 in the indie charts back in 1978.

Messthetics #107 has been receiving airplay on a number of radio stations worldwide, including in the UK the BBC6 "Freak Zone" show. It's #1 on the University of Michigan radio station in Ann Arbor (where Jimmy Osterberg, later known as Iggy Pop, formed his high-school band, the Iguanas). Reviews are already appearing - such as in the current issue of Record Collector (by Kris Needs), the next issue of Sound Projector (by Ed Pinsent) proclaiming it "equally thrilling from start to finish".

Demon Preacher Messthetics

Demon Preacher
Demon Preacher in 1977
L to R - Gerry Healy, Nik, Tony Ward

Royal Northern


Feb
2010

MESSAGE FROM NIK FIEND
- "I don't know why but I HAVE to do this.... "


Nik Fiend

Even in my early days with Demon Preacher, when everybody else walked out on me - for whatever reason - going out somewhere else / going down the pub / leaving the band entirely / couldn't be arsed / whatever... - the job isn't always limited to the "fun" part of twanging or banging something for 5 minutes, there's a LOT more to making a record or being in a band than that - IF you care about it - which I  damn well do - so I still had to see it through - like a man possessed, I could not leave it part finished ... it obviously didn't matter as much to other people, but it fuckin' did to me. All these years later I ain't changed, & if I'd lstened to those people or given up because I'd been deserted that record would never have been made. That's why I'm pleased that this song (Royal Northern) has seen the light of day & Chuck - who's put this new compilation out - obviously cares about what he's doing too... it's a passion that comes way before making money.... the other reason I'm proud is that this CD got to #1 on Iggy's hometown college radio!! I would have shat meself on the spot if you'd told me back in '77 (when I recorded the song) that was gonna happen... so I was right to keep at IT .... "Punk rock" was just a name, the most important thing was that it made things free, with no rule book anymore & I was able to take part. It was a "DIY" movement , it didn't matter if you didn't know a lot - & that is still true now - you CAN do it, if you have a purpose & believe in yourself... yes people will try & put you down ALL the way along - fuck 'em, DON'T listen - if it makes you happy, what are you waiting for? Nik Fiend


Feb
2010

HEE HAW DEPT
- silly stuff from around the planet


Thanks to Ihde in Germany for sending this amusing link - check out "Nik Fiend, The Hero Of The World". It takes a while to go through the initial countdown (even on broadband) but have patience it is worth seeing. I believe that the photograph of Nik was taken backstage at the Alien Sex Fiend show in Berlin (Nov 07) while he was in the process of removing his stage make up!

Nik is also mentioned in "The Better Man" (Episode 7, Season 4) of the Venture Brothers cartoon. This is an American animated action/comedy TV series which chronicles the advenures of 2 dopey yet well meaning teenage boys, Hank & Dean Venture. In this episode, amongst references to various films, Marvel comics characters, Batman & Doctor Strange, one character called "The Alchemist" says that he used to visit the Batcave while musician Nik Fiend was still the doorman there. Please note! Nik was never a doorman, he managed the Batcave club for some weeks in 1983.


Jan
2010

FIENDISH STUDIO UPDATE - JANUARY



Nik an a cuppa

Nik adds to his humungous amount of tea consumption...

UPDATE 16 January 2010 - Luckily once all the gear is on in the studio it gets well warmed up! Helped along by us hopping about to the songs o'course! Another track done - yaaaay!

UPDATE 15 January 2010 - Mrs Fiend writes :
Blimey Nik - that blog of yours (18 December) made it sound like you're just lying abaht while I was doing damn near everything!!... (no "typical male/female" jokes p-lease!) hahaha.... so just to put it straight - as well as doing vocals, Nik has been playing loads of guitar, creating loops (yeah ok I check the timings cos he can be a bit erratic!), sampling stuff up, not to mention MOST of the engineering.... so there! Oh & a humungous amount of tea consumption!!

UPDATE 13 January 2010 - We know we wished you all a "Cool Yule" but not a f-f-f-freezing one! & not continuing into the New Year! Aaargh!... greetings from a very cold n snowy UK

UPDATE 07 January 2010 - Gaps in this blog don't mean we're not doing something, we're so busy doing wot we're doing we keep forgetting about it!

UPDATE 05 January 2010 - Took a break for a while over Christmas/New Year - time to re-energise brains & ear'oles was much needed!


Jan
2010

THE ALIEN SEX FIEND SURVEY PRIZE DRAW WINNERS
The 2 prize winners are announced


Mrs Fiend writes :
Thank you to EVERYONE who answered our survey... as with previous competitions the entries came in from across the world. Some of you took extra time to explain how you felt about the different formats & gave your reasoning behind your choices, thank you for that extra input.

The perception from some media, etc, is that everyone is only interested in downloads nowadays...& only listen to music on their ipods or mp3s on their computers.... etc, etc, your answers have shown us that - at least for Alien Sex Fiend fans - this is definitely NOT the case for the overwhelming majority of you. It is music (!) to our ears - like us, ASF fans are free thinkers - you make your own minds up, regardless of what "they" are telling you.

Whilst there's nothing wrong with digital - after all some of you newer fans have initially discovered us thru downloads, & it makes deleted titles available, AND we all know that storing CDs / vinyl takes up way more space, so downloads are more "convenient" in that respect - it is great that you perceive ASF releases to be more valuable & more of an "art form" (for want of a better phrase) - both in terms of the music as well as the cover art.

Some of you still do appreciate the finer sound qualities of vinyl... & those people aren't always the older fans either! Although there were a lot of votes for every format, in general CD came out on top & least-voted-for was downloads. Only a tiny percentage of respondees are into downloads ONLY, most of you do want to OWN a physical Alien Sex Fiend recording, whether vinyl or CD, cos it means more to you, thank you! - though one of those people admitted he was into downloads simply because he'd burnt his ears out by spending too much time in underground clubs (yes Marc in Berlin, it's you!) so that now he can't tell the difference any more! Ooops!

Great to hear how much you love Nik's artwork on the covers / booklets.... & that you "will buy anything, regardless of format, just cos it's Alien Sex Fiend" - that's wonderful, it's so great that you think that way - you are THE BEST fans & we love YOU too!

Special mentions go to - Jesse in Canada, who was brief, to the point & made us laugh with his statement "Vinyl is awesome. Fuck downloads. You guys rock." From Andrew in London - "Downloads for ASF? Somehow that's too disposable. ASF are too important..." & from Greg in the US with "You know what? I want Nik and Mrs. Fiend to release their album/s and single/s however they damn well please! I'll buy it no matter what, you can be certain of this."

Of course we haven't been able to contact every single fiend fan around the world to get every person's opinion - but at least the survey gives us some indication of where your heads are at...

The thing is, downloads can be done anyway - other than considerable form filling, they don't really cost us to set 'em up... yes it would be lovely to do every format that's going but this would cost too much in money & time with mastering, setting up different artworks, etc & we wouldn't get the album released - which is the main thing - for months and months if we attempt to do too many formats ...AND we want to get out there & play some LIVE SHOWS for you as soon as we possibly can... So! now we will go do some sums & work out what we CAN do.... we don't need to tell you that it's tough economically at the moment so we've gotta be careful cos we don't wanna become a defunkt record label!

THE ALIEN SEX FIEND SURVEY
PRIZE DRAW

AND NOW THE BIT you have been waiting for!
The winners were picked out at random by Nik & Mrs Fiend
and they are........

(trumpet fanfare)......

(build up tension).....

( v e r y  L  O  N  G  p a u s e  ) .......

FIRST PRIZE
The LARGE BURN PRINT signed by Nik Fiend
goes to
Martin in the US

Burn by Nik Fiend

Image printed on photographic paper
Approximate size of print area :
Height 48 cm (19 ins) / Width 66 cm (26 ins)

AND THE

SECOND PRIZE
BURN T-SHIRT
(Medium size)
goes to
Patrick in France

Burn T-shirt

These are special prizes
& are not currently available to buy


Congratulations to the 2 winners & commiserations to everyone else, thank you for entering the draw, your participation is much appreciated.


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