Thursday, 10 March 2016


With their debut EP A Different Kind Of Perfect lined up for release on March 18th it's looking like 2016 will be a good year for Aberdeen based outfit Alkanes.

Following the demise of Inverness band Purple Divide in 2013, guitarist Dale looked to challenge himself with a new project. After experimenting with his song writing, he set his sights on a project a little heavier than Purple Divide.

With a particular focus on big dynamic riffs and drawing influence from bands such as Arcane Roots, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Oceansize and Fightstar, Dale began to develop what was to become the sound of Alkanes.

Comprising Dale himself on guitar & vocals, Gary Wilson on drums & vocals and Jack Molyneux on bass and formed in 2014, Alkanes hit the ground running and have shared the stage with some of the UK’s finest up and coming acts in the Rock and Metal scene including Carnivores, Axis Of, Emilio Largo, Bear Arms and ACODA. The band also headlined The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen in September 2015.

The five-track EP A Different Kind Of Perfect kicks off with the moody, atmospheric guitar-driven Pulling Teeth and it's a definite leaning to being heavier than some of their contemporaries. 

Persistance To Existence on the other hand has more of a Chilli Peppers feel to it. A nicely balanced rock track that will have multi-genre appeal. The pefect pick as the single.

Third track in and A Different Kind Of Perfect punches you in the ears from note one, reminding me of a favourite band of old from Wales called Budgie. Whilst I cite the previous track as my favourite pick for a single, this one's my favourite of the five. It's currently on repeat here in the dog-house.

The EP rounds off with the choppy Brown Tape and a Zepplin-es que vocal that delights whilst Music In The Grooves for me leans more towards an Audioslave vibe.

All proceeds from the sale of the single goes to Diabetes Scotland, and pleasure it brings to the table will go directly to your aural sensory receptors!

Fri 18th March - INVERNESS
Mad Hatters + wecamefromwolves

Sat 19th March - GLASGOW
Box Glasgow

Sun 20th March - ABERDEEN


With First Order and Audio Cynic

Tickets for the EP Launch available to buy at 


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