Scott (bass/vocals) saw the cheesy horror film "Alice, Sweet Alice" when he was a teenager, and carried it around for a few years. In 2007, when he started the band, the name finally got a home!
2. How did this band get started?
In 2007, I (Scott Martinez) started hammering out what would become ASA's first demos, and then went on a search for a female vocalist, and fortunately found Ali Kat - who also turned out to be an excellent songwriter! Billy Brown was recruited in 2009 and after a brace of guitarists, Ron Bales came on board in 2010. The first REAL ASA album was Mandala released under this lineup in 2011, and the newest, Ribbons & Stone, just came out in June 2013!
3. What bands are you influenced by?
All of ASA's members have so many different influences; this we believe is what contributes to our sound in a great way. My influences range from 80's & '90's post punk, gothic and alternative rock; Ron Bales (Guitar) loves 80's prog rock & metal in addition to classic rock, Billy Brown (Drums) is all over the place, and Ali Kat loves classic rock, lots of female vocalists in the rock and blues genres.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Personally, I love Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a lot of their fans seem to like what we're doing. Also fans of a Perfect Circle and Alter Bridge seem to like us a lot too. Just for the pure fun of it, I'd love to tour with Foo Fighters because those guys seem like fun to hang out with!
5. Best food to eat on tour?
BURRITOS. Natures' perfect food!!
6. Why should people listen to your band?
Alice Sweet Alice does not follow any sort of formula in our songwriting, and listening to an ASA album is a very dynamic experience. Due to our varied influences, we do a lot of exploring and experimenting. So listeners are sure NOT to get bored. We also have pretty cool stories, messages, and things that people can relate to with our lyrical content. Listening to Alice Sweet Alice is both an intellectual and visceral experience, and if you're into really digging deep into music and thinking about what you're listening to, we are the band for you.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Maybe Michael Jordon, talk about an entrepreneur!! His name is Gold.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
I would thank our mastering engineer Danny Danzi, and all of our fans for supporting us! We are completely DIY in that we built our own recording studio, do all of the recording, engineering, mixing and producing, so the rest of that thanks would go right back to us.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
That it wouldn't be so corporate. It's a very dog-eat-dog business, especially today, and it's almost turning into what happened to MTV - little emphasis on music, and more emphasis on personalities.
10. Memorable tour experience?
Probably playing down in New Orleans. I had been down there before a number of times, having lived down south for a number of years, and was able to be a tour guide! It's nice when you can play and actually enjoy the towns you're in afterwards. Another one was in Memphis, when the band got to tour Sun Studios, where Rock & Roll was born!!
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It means a way to reach music fans that think outside of the norm and listen to things that corporate entities don't shove down our collective throats. That type of audience is PERFECT for ASA!
12. What is your favorite song to play?
One of our newest, "Must Be Evil", from our newest album "Ribbons & Stone" is very fun and challenging. A close second is also from our new album, called "Around the World."
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
My parents listened to a lot of music, as did my Uncles, and classic rock was the mainstay. Everything from Kiss to Simon & Garfunkel, to Jim Croce to Foreigner to Pink Floyd.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
To Fly. Because it would be cool!!!!
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Just vocal warm ups really. Sometimes a group hug!! Usually we're pretty chill.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
We're all just pretty regular people, with families and tons of other interests besides music. We also always reply to messages on Twitter and Facebook, etc. We always do. That is so important, we just about live for it.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Radio is tougher now than it was 20 years ago, especially College Radio. One one hand the corporate stations are totally owned by big business and play what they are paid to play, and the college stations are inundated with music from anyone that has a computer and internet connection. In some ways, you can't blame them for being stand-offish, because of those reasons, but it doesn't make it any easier and lots of great bands and musicians get buried in the fray.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Myself, I like to cook and talk with fans.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I'm a classically trained chef, I am pretty handy in that I do plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, and I have a green thumb when it comes to gardens!!