“A group of Danes, a band name conceived in front of a church on a winter’s night in Brooklyn, and playful, recurring parts (choral chants, electro-rhythms)? No wonder they’re one of MTV’s 10 International Bands To Watch at SXSW 2011.” – Blender.com
“These five Danes are out to wreck your heart with carefully calibrated bombs of acoustic sorrow. (But you won’t mind because Alcoholic Faith Mission is so very, very good at it.)” - MTV Iggy’s (Top 10 international artists to watch at SXSW 2011)
“From peaceful to raucous to explosive and back again, AFM employs a random collection of instruments – glockenspiel, trombone, and accordion – that help to create the undulation that is the band’s sound. Dark, melancholic and sometimes sarcastic lyrics cut through the ups and downs of the music with precise juxtaposition….Ultimately, though, what takes Alcoholic Faith Mission from a good band to a great band is the obvious camaraderie among its members – a noticeable reverence each player seems to have for the next, still apparent through the thick guise of sex, booze and (indie) rock ‘n’ roll.” – Blast Magazine
The idea of the experimentally playful indie-folk collective, Alcoholic Faith Mission, started on a cold winter’s morning in Brooklyn, NY in ’06.
The two highschool friends, Sune and Thorben, were discussing drunken family members, when they suddenly stood in front of the church Apostolic Faith Mission’s neon sign.
If you were to change Apostolic into Alcoholic, they thought to themselves, then you’d have a pretty cool name for a band. Alcohol being religion to the Alcoholic – a way through an empty existence.
Six months later the duo released their debut.
Today AFM is a sextet with three albums, lots of critical acclaim from all over the world and an array of shows and festivals behind them.
The connection with New York has more than once brought the band back and in October 2010 they played the city’s CMJ festival and was highlighted by much American media as one of the “must-see” acts between 1200 other bands.
Their latest effort, Let This Be The Last Night We Care, has also been featured on many international “best of 2010” lists.
This coming year AFM will present more releases alongside their planned festivals at Canadian Music Week (CAN), SXSW (US), Siesta (SE), and Positivus (LV) among others.