Let Them Have Their Fun was officially released at the Seahorse Tavern. The first single from the new album, Corporate Kid, has already reached #17 on MediaBase Canada’s active rock charts. Corporate Kid has spent the past 15 weeks in the top 30 songs – and four weeks of those 15 ranking in the top 20.
For their newest album, the band used a new approach to recording their music. According to a media release from Alert the Medic, the entirety of the music on Let Them Have Their Fun was recorded “live off the floor,” at a Canadian recording studio of great renown – Revolution Recording Studio, in Toronto.
Assistant Engineer Phil Hotz – who has worked with other Canadian band such as Arkells, Billy Talent and July Talk – played an integral role in the recording of Let Them Have Their Fun. Hotz helped the band and create sound conditions that imitate “both the essence and energy of their live shows.”
The official release of the album featured a guest appearance by Mike Turner, a founding member of Our Lady Peace and current member of Toronto band Crash Karma. Turner worked with Alert the Medic to create their new album. He has collaborated with the band before, for their previous album, The Phantom Moves.
The band consists of Ryan MacDonald, (vocals and guitar); Matthew Campbell (bass); Troy Arsenault (guitar) and Dale Wilson (drums).
In light of the style of sound on Let Them Have Their Fun, the band expanded on the “raw and organic” feel of their new album, putting handmade artwork on the first 600 copies of their CD album jackets.
Each of those 600 album jackets will feature a distinct piece of artwork crafted by members of the band and hand numbered.
The artwork was described as “inspired by famed abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock,” and involves the results of a rather explosive art project – one that saw the band members covering a room with blank white CD jackets, and splattering them with various shades of paint.
This random splattering of assorted colours of paint – each member was given their own individual colour – ensures that all the album artwork for those first 600 albums is unique.
Those particular collector’s copies will only be available at Alert the Medic Shows, and through their website.