Scots band The Aliens aims for stars with "Luna"

Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:53am EST
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By Michael Taylor

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - For a band whose members already have two Hollywood soundtracks and a tour with Radiohead under their belts, The Aliens have pretty modest ambitions.

The Scottish psychedelic funk rock group hope that their recently released "Luna" album is just popular enough to allow them to keep making their own kind of music.

"The dream is for enough people to actually buy the album so we can afford to make another one," keyboardist John Maclean told Reuters.

Formed in 2005 by former members of cult group the Beta Band, they include singer and guitarist Gordon Anderson, Robin Jones on drums and Maclean on keyboards and backing vocals.

The experimental and critically acclaimed Beta Band released three studio albums from 1999 to their eventual break-up in 2004 - all of which entered Britain's top 20.

In addition to supporting Radiohead on tour in the United States, Beta Band's music also featured in the John Cusack movie High Fidelity.

The Aliens have had an often difficult existence to date.

While promoting their critically acclaimed debut album "Astronomy for Dogs," the band had to scrap a promotional tour so Anderson could seek medical treatment for acute psychosis - a condition which has troubled the lead singer for years.   Continued...