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It was on a cold winter’s morning a neon sign in Brooklyn had the two high school friends Thorben and Sune form Alcoholic Faith Mission back in 2006. As they traversed the Brooklyn streets they suddenly found themselves in front of a church, Apostolic Faith Mission. If you took out Apostolic, put in Alcoholic, they discussed, you’d have a pretty cool band name; for an alcoholic elixir is needed, just like religion is needed for the pious. It took them six months to record and release the debut Misery Loves Company. It came to be in Thorben’s bedroom with a few sets of rules: Record only at night. The only light source could be that of candles. Consumption of alcohol was integral. And lastly once anything was recorded it could not be changed. However Brooklyn had struck a deep chord with the guys, and 18 months later they moved back. A rebuilt factory loft is where they lived and recorded their second album overseeing the magnificent Williamsburg Bridge. The following six months had only one rule: Record only things found within the four walls. This is how two dictionaries came to be a kick drum, and vocal chords came to remedy the lack of synths. Named after their Brooklyn address 421 Wythe Avenue was released through PonyRec in April 2009, and like its predecessor it also received critical acclaim. AFM turned into a collective followed by Kristine, Gustav and Laurids. Last year, their third and most renowned album Let This Be The Last Night We Care, was released in Europe, USA and Japan. Two new additions – Anders and Morten – became part of a busy touring schedule, consisting of shows and festivals all over Europe and the US. At the CMJ festival in New York October 2010 several American media highlighted AFM as one of the ”must see” acts between more than 1200 bands. And their latter release ended up on many of 2010 ”year end lists” all over the world. With three releases in four years and more than 75 shows to look back at, AFM will follow thru with another two releases in 2011. This time they’re working Danish label A:larm and as of now festival shows are planned at Canadian Music Week (CA), SXSW (US), SIESTA (SE) and Positivus (LV) with lots more to come in collaboration with 3rd Tsunami among others.
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