"AFS lives in a world where Raymond Chandler meets
Twin Peaks." "Their music is atmospheric, romantic, and
everything is cast in shades of blue."
- Amy DeZellar, Music Connection, 3/97
"Balmy, decadent lounge tales of extraterrestrial espionage and
fast women seeking dapper, Dick Tracy-types abound."
- Karl Louis, Virtually Alternative, 3/98
AFS landed in 1996, and launched its debut album on Surfdog/Hollywood records in 1998, recorded at 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, CA and produced brilliantly by Jim Wirt. The space age combo played over 600 shows as both headliners and opening acts. The boys shook the rafters from The Warfield in San Francisco and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, to Tipitina’s and House of Blues in New Orleans, to New York’s Museum of Modern Art….and everywhere between. Top on the Alien “coolest memories list” was their 1998 run as supporting act for The Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Dirty Boogie" tour, and band favorite hot spot, West Palm Beach’s yearly outdoor concert The Buzz 103.1 “Bake Sale.”
These cats got around. AFS played Gene Simmons' (KISS) birthday party (twice), author Anne Rice’s Halloween parties, John Travolta's Britania Award party, American Film Institute's Golden Globes Awards after-party, and (then) California Governor Gray Davis inaugural and birthday parties - not to mention layin’ down the tunes and zany swing moves for none other than Hef and his fabby girls.
In 1998 AFS and Hollywood Records set precedent by being the first major label act to endorse the “new” MP3 technology. AFS sat down for an interview with MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson, and was featured on the home page of MP3.com, generating over 10,000 downloads in the first week alone. They appeared on MTV, VH1, and M2, and were featured on the Ru-Paul Show and in the Disney movie "Alley Cats Strike". Their sounds can be heard on the soundtracks of MTV’s “Road Rules,” Nintendo’s “Knockout Kings 2000" video game, Parthenon Films' "The Thin Pink Line," and on compilation albums “Next Generation Swing,” “Swing This Baby,” and “Swing Sucks.” Current publishing digits show that earthlings across the planet are still experiencing AFS via downloads, streaming, radio airplay, internet stations, and credits for film and television including Japan, Australia, Columbia, South Africa, Europe and beyond. The band is thrilled at new generations worldwided being introduced to and embracing AFS tunes - many not yet born when the boys came onto the scene.
After a ten plus year retirement, AFS returned to their favorite haunt, 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, with Sejo Navajas at the bridge producing to record "Cool Thing," a collection of re-recorded songs from the 1998 debut release along with several new tunes. Cool thing is available to stream and download on your fav music sites, and the CD is available to purchase here. All songs including instrumental versions are available for licensing for TV & Film through BabsBoys Music publishing (BMI).
In 2013 the band enlisted the talents of Rocket 95 video director Kevin McVey to shoot the video for Cool Thing track "Las Vegas." Joined by a cast of wonderfully talented Las Vegas friends, Las Vegas was filmed in and about the City including the world famous Neon Boneyard. Las Vegas can be viewed here
February of 2018 AFS returned to 4th Street Recording with Sejo Navajas again at the helm and Adres Kvinge Sandness as co-pilot to record "Hellsville." 20 years after the band's debut album, Hellsville is a three song EP with a nod to the 60's including the songs "Hellsville," "Alien Eyes," and "We're on Fire." Hellsville is available on all streaming sites and special limited edition 12" vinyl here.
Have your favorite mixologist shake up a perfect martini, sit back, and enjoy both a cosmic stroll down memory lane and the latest sounds from Babs' intergalactic boys - Alien Fashion Show.