ALSTON, the New York-based band featuring former PRIMER 55 bassist Kobie Jackson (on guitar and vocals), guitarist/vocalist Ron Paige, bassist Alex Cando, and drummer Woody Wurzburg, will release their debut album, "Voodoo For Fun And Profit", on February 1, 2005 via Repossession Records.
The album contains eleven songs, including "Recon Seed", "Anna", "Rock Star", "Ordinary", "Why We Fight", "A Gold Guitar", "Orange Freezes", "Rebel Yell", "Carried Away", "2 & Ten Low", and the title track.
Having already tasted the fruits of major label success as a member of the successful heavy metal unit PRIMER 55, singer Jackson knew it was time to venture out on his own after PRIMER 55 disbanded in 2002.
"It's always a risk to try something new," Jackson stated. "But I felt like it was the right time for me to do it. I had been playing bass in PRIMER 55, and while that was an amazing experience for me I always had the ambition to sing, play guitar, and really express myself through my own music. So once my old band split, I knew exactly what I wanted to do next. That's where this band comes in."
ALSTON ("it's my mother's maiden name," explains Jackson), inked a deal with brand-new Repossession Records (founded by former MCA Records A&R guru Gary Ashley) and began work on the eleven tracks that comprise "Voodoo for Fun and Profit". Once in the studio, ALSTON placed themselves in the trusted hands of the Scrap 60 production team of Eddie Wohl and ANTHRAX guitarist Rob Cagianno — a dynamic duo whose previous credits include work with everyone from ILL NINO, ANTHRAX, PRIMER 55, to CRADLE OF FILTH. With their help the band’s songs took on even greater depth and power.
"The title of the album has a unique charm," Jackson says. "That's the way I want everyone to view our songs. Being in this band, and working with these musicians has opened my eyes in so many ways. It’s renewed my faith in a lot of things, especially in the power of music."
ALSTON will be warming up their material with some select dates in the mid-west and on the east coast during November and December. You can catch them in the following cities for now:
Nov. 19 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
Nov. 20 - Akron, OH @ Voodoo Lounge
Dec. 02 - Allston, MA @ Obrien's Pub
Dec. 03 - Manchester, NH @ Milly's Tavern