PREMIERE: Alaska’s ‘Shrine’ is experimental post-hardcore that’s unafraid of a hook

We’ll head you off at the pass: No, Alaska is not from Alaska; the experimental post-hardcore quartet hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, of all places. And even calling them “experimental post-hardcore” is kind of a misnomer—the songs on their new album, the Sam Pura-produced Shrine, swell and explode like your favorite La Dispute tracks but have an inherent poppy quality of someone like Tiny Moving Parts, where even though the music might be chaotic, the energy being poured out is positive. The band explains:

“After a two-year break from writing music, where we traveled the country and did a good deal of psychedelics, we got back to writing with a full-length in mind. We knew that we wanted to capture all of the energy that the last couple years gave us and since we were all in sync during those times, it was natural for us to make a record that reflected that.”

Alaska’s Shrine will be released October 2 via Soft Speak Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Alaska will embark on an extensive tour of North America this fall in support of Shrine:

Fri. 09-25-15 Zarfest Fairgrounds Las Vegas, NV
Sun. 09-27-15 Garys Place Tucson, AZ
Mon. 09-28-15 TUF House Phoenix, AZ
Tue. 09-29-15 The Cabin Flagstaff, AZ
Wed. 09-30-15 The Coal Mine Albuquerque, NM
Fri. 10-02-15 KamiPosi Midland, TX
Sat. 10-03-15 Empire Control Room and Garage Austin, TX
Sun. 10-04-15 J&J’s Pizza Ft. Worth, TX
Mon. 10-05-15 Records With Merritt Kansas City, MO
Tue. 10-06-15 The Black Sheep Springfield, IL
Wed. 10-07-15 Subterranean Chicago, IL
Thu. 10-08-15 The High Dive Milwaukee,WI
Fri. 10-09-15 Chrome Hub Minneapolis, MN
Sat. 10-10-15 Malort Mansion Rockford, IL
Sun. 10-11-15 The Upper Room Grand Rapid’s, MI
Mon. 10-12-15 Grammaw’s House Indianapolis, IN
Tue. 10-13-15 TBA Columbus,OH
Wed. 10-14-15 Fool Mansion Akron, OH
Thu. 10-15-15 The Dog House Philadelphia, PA
Fri. 10-16-15 Paradise Lost New Brunswick, NJ
Sat. 10-17-15 The Studio @ Webster Hall Manhattan, NY
Sun. 10-18-15 Whitney House Hartford, CT
Mon. 10-19-15 Charlie’s Kitchen Cambridge, MA
Wed. 10-21-15 Stack Your Roster HQ Montreal, CAN
Thu. 10-22-15 Cameron’s House Toronto, CAN
Fri. 10-23-15 Pawnshop Ballroom Windsor, CAN
Sat. 10-24-15 Vineyard Community Artspace Rochester, NY
Sun. 10-25-15 Charm City Art Space Baltimore, MD
Tue. 10-27-15 TBA Knoxville, TN
Wed. 10-28-15 Exponent Manor Nashville, TN
Thu. 10-29-15 The Bomb Shelter Savannah, GA
Sat. 10-31-15 The Atlantic @ Fest 14 (3:40-4:10 PM) Gainesville, FL
Mon. 11-02-15 Uncle Lou’s Orlando, FL
Tue. 11-03-15 Solid Sounds Studios Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Wed. 11-04-15 TBA Jacksonville, FL
Thu. 11-05-15 Siberia New Orleans, LA
Fri. 11-06-15 The Wild Salmon Lafayette, LA
Sat. 11-07-15 Hole In The Wall Austin, TX
Sun. 11-08-15 7th Circle Music Collective Denver, CO
Mon. 11-09-15 The Downtown Artery Fort Collins, CO
Tue. 11-10-15 The Underground Salt Lake City, UT
Wed. 11-11-15 House Show Boise, ID
Thu. 11-12-15 The Swillery Bellingham, WA
Fri. 11-13-15 333 Vancouver, CAN
Sat. 11-14-15 Pound Pit Portland, OR
Sun. 11-15-15 Revival Drum Shop Portland, OR
Mon. 11-16-15 Blair House Eugene, OR
Tue. 11-17-15 The Hendley Hotel Santa Rosa, CA
Wed. 11-18-15 The Honey Hive San Francisco, CA
Thu. 11-19-15 Fort Rayland Reno, NV
Fri. 11-20-15 Koffey Cave Stockton, CA
Sat. 11-21-15 MILF Mountain Fresno, CA
Sun. 11-22-15 Resistor Records(Matinee) Monrovia, CA
Mon. 11-23-15 Creator Space Temecula, CA
Tue. 11-24-15 11th Street Records Las Vegas, NV