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Alakrity

Alakrity

Alakrity


From the echoing hallways of an average, everyday high school in small-town Beloit, Wisconsin a band was born. As soon as Andy Lutz, Phil Carper, Brad LeBaron, and Peter Murray began making music together, they knew that the mundane everyday of conventional work or school was not their path. Dubbing themselves Alakrity, a variation on a traditional English word meaning “cheerful readiness,” the band is quickly establishing a name for itself. In true Carpe Diem style, the pop punk foursome has set sail to create life-changing moments. Read more on Last.fm
From the echoing hallways of an average, everyday high school in small-town Beloit, Wisconsin a band was born. As soon as Andy Lutz, Phil Carper, Brad LeBaron, and Peter Murray began making music together, they knew that the mundane everyday of conventional work or school was not their path. Dubbing themselves Alakrity, a variation on a traditional English word meaning “cheerful readiness,” the band is quickly establishing a name for itself. In true Carpe Diem style, the pop punk foursome has set sail to create life-changing moments.

To make something that matters. Upon graduating from high school, the band was signed to Wisconsin-based Spurgatory Records. Wasting no time, the band’s energetic and entertaining live performances were backed by the label’s release of the You Are Here EP. “The response to the EP has been pretty positive. A lot of kids have told us that they felt down and then listened to a song of ours and it picked them up, brightened their day”, relays LeBaron.

“It all still seems kind of odd to me but the fans are why we do what we do. It’s a privilege to talk to and give advice to them and know that we’re making an impact in their life.” Alakrity’s refreshing brand of honest high-energy pop punk is equal parts entertainment and expression. Although chock full of sweat, jokes, and pogo the band’s music is methodically executed while always careful to not overshadow their message. The members’ Christian worldview permeates their lyrics at every turn, never hanging ashamed but also never forcing the listener’s hand.

“Everyone has been through similar situations to the ones we address in our songs, some to a much worse extent than others,” states Carper without hesitation, “but it all comes down to the fact that Christ can mend any broken heart and fix any broken situation.” Continuing to hone their skills while simultaneously expanding their reach, the band has been hard at work performing for a wide variety of audiences. 2007 saw them take home the grand prize in the Launchpad competition, a statewide battle of the bands for high school musicians. The band also delivered memorable, enthusiastic performances at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Shoutfest Ohio, Cornerstone California, and the Rock for Life summer tour. Having performed alongside such artists as MxPx, Eleventyseven, Kids in the Way, Olivia the Band, The Fold, Audio Adrenaline, Run Kid Run, Falling Up, Everyday Sunday, and A Dream Too Late, Alakrity is poised to quickly find center stage among today’s hottest Christian bands. Alakrity is currently hard at work with renowned producer Dan Needham on its debut full-length release.

Featuring a cover of Petra’s timeless classic, “Beyond Belief,” on which the band collaborates with Petra vocalist John Schlitt, the album is due out this summer. More dynamic songs drenched in the kind of giant pop hooks that are impossible to ignore are sure to abound on the self-titled release. In the meantime Alakrity continues to bring its “cheerful readiness” to stages across the United States. Whether performing alongside major label acts, independent stalwarts, or local artists, you can be sure the band will explode from the stage each and every time they step onto it. Read more on Last.fm.

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