Alpha CastDunedin-based 3 piece.

Alpha Cast are a three piece Dunedin based band who formed in late January 2003. In the short time they have been together, Alpha Cast have already achieved considerable success. Alpha Cast play an original brand of melodic indie rock and take pride in that they have been compared to at least a dozen different bands with no common denominators arising.

Mike McLeod (Vocals, Guitar), Ed Lonsdale (Bass, Vocals), and Chris Butchard (Drums, Vocals) all combine their vastly different musical influences together and gel with a unique blend of exciting and innovative music. Alpha Cast draw energy from one another and in the live arena they have excelled, drawing consistent crowds to their regular gigs.

Alpha Cast released its debut EP entitled “Inside Your Mind” on May 15th having only been together for four months. Mike and Ed had a long history of music together but the addition of Chris solidified the lineup and sound. The EP has been receiving favorable reviews in media, and getting consistent airplay on Dunedin BNet station Radio One. At the time of writing, Red Spider, a track from the band’s debut EP, has just entered Radio One’s weekly Top 11 at number five.

Following a support slot for Goldenhorse in Alexandra, Radio Central, a local radio station, approached the band and requested a copy of the EP which has since been getting regular airtime. Alpha Cast has also been played on More FM nationwide with breakfast presenter Simon Barnett dedicating part of his show to the release of the EP. Ashburton radio station Fox FM has also featured the EP dedicating a segment of their breakfast show to the band for an entire week. Dunedin’s Channel Nine television station has also featured the band playing live to air, and has since repeated several of the songs that were filmed.

Alpha Cast recently took out the inaugural OUSA Battle of the Bands, an Otago University organized event, a competition featuring 40 of Dunedin’s best bands. Critics dubbed this years competition as the best in years and many are predicting another wave of the “Dunedin sound” to emerge from some of the promising talent.

Alpha Cast will not be a band to fade into the background. Although they have been together for only a short time, the motivation and drive of the members will carry the talent of the band into the foreground of the music industry for many years to come.

“a band with class and sophistication” - Max Johns, The Critic, Issue 9, May 5 2003

“Their guitar-driven alt-pop has a maturity belying their years” “As good, if not better, than much of the stuff coming out of UK” - Nick Gormack, Christchurch Press, May 15 2003

“dynamic and entertaining, with brilliant and catchy choruses” - Darryl Baser, Otago Daily Times, June 7 2003

"Inside Your Mind" EP


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