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The album (one of my favourite Alarm records), was released today – I’m sure Mike Peters was misquoted by stating they could be bigger than Oasis.
Under Attack reached #138 in the UK charts and came with a limited edition DVD featuring a video for each song filmed and edited ‘guerilla style’ over one weekend in and around Rhyl during November 2005.
(neil crud) I filmed these videos and spent six weeks editing them for The Alarm, as Mike Peters wanted something with a bit of edge; a bit more than just a live video.
Unfortunately, after all the editing, the video company I worked for (I say worked, I wasn’t paid!), took the masters and slapped together a very average live dvd over one weekend. Pity really as the original edits I did had that ‘bit of edge’ Mike was looking for. Thankfully, I have the edits I did, even if they never made it to the DVD – plus the video company didn’t have to pay me if my editing work wasn’t used, although the camera work was used. I also would have happily done it all for free just for the love of music, just a shame someone else got paid for everyone else’s work. That’s the way of the world I guess..
The Alarm begin a 3 day ‘urban guerilla’ video shoot to film 13 songs in one weekend for an accompanying DVD with the forthcoming album ‘Under Attack’. The aim is to film an individual video for each song in a different location around the Rhyl area and as each song is wrapped up, the tapes are sent to Mike Peter’s studio in Dyserth where they are edited as the next song is being filmed. Locations were, The Chapel and the waterfall in Dyserth. Underground car park, old Downtown Club, Railway sideings, High Street, Fun Fair, Town Hall and Crescent Road car park in Rhyl.
Here is the finished version of Cease & Desist, shot under the railway arches by The Dudley Arms and train station in Rhyl.
Meanwhile – DOA UK (Dead on Arrival) – play the Red Lion, St Asaph. The very young band from Holyhead (later called Demask), take advantage of the vibrant networking across North Wales to play in obscure venues that Blood & Lipstick promoter Steve Rastin seems to unearth.