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The Gurgler was released on August 31, 2018 through Antena Krzyku on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.



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UPCOMING SHOWS

We're currently booking our next European tour, happening during March - April 2019. Dates will be posted soon.


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Photo by Adam Currie

Photo by Adam Currie

Photo by Adam Currie

Photo by Adam Currie

Photo by Joel Gale

Photo by Joel Gale

Rory - Photo by Joel Gale

Dan - Photo by Joel Gale

Evan - Photo by Joel Gale

James - Photo by Joel Gale

The Gurgler album artwork

QUALITY PRESS

2018
The Gurgler album premiere in Idioteq
The Gurgler album review in A Pessimist is Never Disappointed
The Gurgler album review in Indie Rock Mag (French)
The Gurgler album review in Bierschinken (German)
The Gurgler review in Threshold Magazine (Portuguese)
The Gurgler album review in Rock Shock (Italian)
The Gurgler album review in Komakino (Hungarian)
The Gurgler album review in Violence Online (Polish)
The Gurgler album review in Rekt Chords Magazine
The Gurgler included as part of best albums of 2018 to date feature in Indie Rock Mag (French)
The Gurgler album review in 12XU (German)
The Gargler single premiere in Tiny Mix Tapes
I Smell Like a Wet Tent video premiere in Threshold Magazine
Interview with Rory in Helly Cherry

2016
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Tiny Mix Tapes
Grasshopper video premiere via Tiny Mix Tapes
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Bucketlist
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Perte & Fracas (French)
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Cassette Gods
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in I Wanna Rock You, Baby (Hungarian)
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Ox Fanzine
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in Razorcake
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce review in We Keep the Neighbors Up
The Blog That Celebrates Itself interview with Alpha Strategy
Drink the Brine, Get Scarce on CKUT's Top 30 charts

2014
Alpha Strategy review in Tome To The Weather Machine
Alpha Strategy review in Weird Canada

2012
Muck EP review in Tiny Mix Tapes


SOME READING FOR YOU

Alpha Strategy's The Gurgler, was released on August 31, 2018 through Antena Krzyku on LP, CD and digital formats. This is the second album the band has recorded with esteemed studio engineer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio studios, following 2016's Drink the Brine, Get Scarce. Unlike the frenzied sound of its predecessor, the approach of The Gurgler is one of space and dynamics.

To date, Alpha Strategy has played concerts in nearly 30 countries, and has been fortunate enough to share the stage with acts such as Oozing Wound, Jerkagram, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Father Murphy, Ought, Batalj, Crown Larks, Pet Sun, and Vomitface, amongst many others. In addition to a number of North American shows for 2018, the Toronto-based Alpha Strategy will embark upon their fourth European tour in the months ahead.

Press quotes:
Whether you'll like "The Gurgler" by Toronto based experimental noise rock / post punk act ALPHA STRATEGY, depends on whether you prefer your listening adventures to be playing by the rules, or trying to see where the rules can be changed.
-- Karol Kaminski, Idioteq

...there are sensations, smells and things to touch, that Alpha Strategy are dealing with that I'd rather not deal with. Gurgling, gargling, piss, yolk, HCAs, wet tents, and a whole stew of other things, like ruminant tripe, burgundy brains. I ask for some napkins, but all the napkins in this world aren't enough to clean up this mess.
-- Rick Weaver, Tiny Mix Tapes

Lots of what's here on The Gurgler is abrasive, but it's the sort of abrasiveness that one hasn't heard much of in the last few decades. Fans of The Jesus Lizard and Nick Cave, for example, should find lots to love here, and, of course, hardcore devotees of Steve Albini will want to pick this one up due to the usual recorded-on-a-nerve-ending-style of engineering a record. And, it goes without saying, that the players here -- James McAdams, Evan Sidawi, and Dan Edwards -- create an impressive squall of noise behind Rory's vocals.
-- Glenn Griffiths, A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed

PAST SHOWS

August 31, 2018 - Toronto, Canada @ Owls Club release show with Clamps / Persons / Greydini / Eyeballs / Bile Sister / Retired
September 1, 2018 - Hamilton, Canada @ This Ain't Hollywood with Bile Sister / Bbomit / Persons
September 8, 2018 - Guelph, Canada @ Fpop Fest with The Famines / Bonnie Trash / Processor
September 27, 2018 - Toronto, Canada @ Duffy's Tavern with A Deer A Horse / Lilim / Burner
July 27, 2018 - Toronto, Canada @ The Baby G w/ Material Girls
April 27, 2018 - Toronto, Canada @ CineCycle w/ Clamps, WLMRT, Outer Rooms
February 10, 2018 - Toronto, Canada @ The Baby G w/ Catholic Wilt, Greydini, SGVBR iii [CANCELLED]
September 28, 2017 - Toronto, Canada @ The Smiling Buddha w/ Jerkagram, Other Families
August 22, 2017 - Vilnius, Lithuania @ XI20 w/ Arklio Galia
August 21, 2017 - Kaunas, Lithuania @ Emma
August 19, 2017 - Orom, Serbia @ Malomfesztival
August 16, 2017 - Vienna, Austria @ AU
August 14, 2017 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Potrva w/ Aspec(t) Zalaski ft 70fps
August 13, 2017 - Pardubice, Czech Republic @ Dub 2.0
August 12, 2017 - Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Provoz Hlubina w/ At Bona Fide
August 4, 2017 - Toronto, Canada @ Polish Combatants Hall w/ Godstopper, Deliluh, Humanities
June 09, 2017 - Guelph, Canada @ Ebar w/ Bonnie Trash, Wolfcow, Dohn Valley
April 01, 2017 - Guelph, Canada @ Off the Floor Fest (Jimmy Jazz)
December 17, 2016 - Berlin, Germany @ Trickster
December 16, 2016 - Leipzig, Germany @ Mucha House Show w/ Hexis, Grieved
December 15, 2016 - Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Klubovna Jeden Tag w/ Leto
December 14, 2016 - Vilnius, Lithuania @ XI20
December 12, 2016 - Krakow, Poland @ Kawiarnia Naukowa w/ Artykuly Rolne
December 11, 2016 - Szeged, Hungary @ Grand Cafe Varkert
December 10, 2016 - Velenje, Slovenia @ Sound Arson w/ NakaJima, Megs
December 09, 2016 - Belgrade, Serbia @ MKC Kombinat
December 08, 2016 - Budapest, Hungary @ Muvelodesi Szint (Muszi) w/ Pozvakowski
December 07, 2016 - Chambery, France @ Brin de Zinc
December 06, 2016 - Nantes, France @ La Scene Michelet w/ Margaret
December 05, 2016 - Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4 w/ Oozing Wound, Mantis
December 04, 2016 - Lorient, France @ Le Galion w/ Margaret
December 03, 2016 - Rennes, France @ Kfuel w/ Kevin Thomson
December 02, 2016 - Paris, France @ Le Cirque Electrique w/ Violent Magic Orchestra
December 01, 2016 - Bremen, Germany @ Kultur Im Bunker w/ Fat and Angry
November 30, 2016 - Aarhus, Denmark @ TAPE w/ Shocking White
November 28, 2016 - Linz, Austria @ HolzHaus w/ Postman
November 27, 2016 - Bern, Switzerland @ Reitschule w/ Lem Phago
November 26, 2016 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Helvti w/ Black Media
November 25, 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Kastan w/ Stinka, Pretlak veku
November 18, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Hard Luck w/ Several Futures, Champion Lover, Bonnie Trash
October 15, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ The Baby G w/ Das Rad, Surinam, Traitrs
September 9, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Silver Dollar Room
September 3, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Alpha Strategy HQ House Show
August 25, 2016 - Guelph, Canada @ Van Gogh's Ear
August 19, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
July 9, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ The 300 Club
May 19, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Silver Dollar Room
April 9, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
March 5, 2016 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
December, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
October 04, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
August 25, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
July 04, 2015 - Montreal, Canada @ Psychic City
May 28, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
May 22, 2015 - Hamilton, Canada @ Baltimore House
Apr 04, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ Smiling Buddha
Mar 20, 2015 - Toronto, Canada @ The Cave @ Lee's Palace
Nov 29, 2014 - Ottawa, Canada @ Avant-Garde Bar
Nov 28, 2014 - Hamilton, Canada @ The Baltimore House
Nov 15, 2014 - Toronto, Canada @ Izakaya Sushi House
Oct 18, 2014 - Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
Sep 19, 2014 - Toronto, Canada @ Hard Luck
Sep 14, 2014 - Hamm (Westfalen), Germany @ Proberaum Concert Series
Sep 13, 2014 - Plzen, Czech Republic @ Pohoda
Sep 12, 2014 - Leipzig, Germany @ Zoro
Sep 09, 2014 - Poznan, Poland @ Troche Kultury
Sep 08, 2014 - Riga, Latvia @ Nabaklab
Sep 07, 2014 - Tallinn, Estonia @ Kultuuriklubi Kelm
Sep 06, 2014 - Vilnius, Lithuania @ SOTU Festival
Sep 05, 2014 - Kaunas, Lithuania @ SOTU Festival
Sep 04, 2014 - Jelgava, Latvia @ Melno Cepurisu Balerija
Sep 02, 2014 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Vzorkovna
Sep 01, 2014 - Novi Sad, Serbia @ CK13
Aug 31, 2014 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Inex Film
Aug 30, 2014 - Subotica, Serbia @ Studio 11
Aug 16, 2014 - Toronto, Canada @ Wavelength's Endless Summer Mini-Festival
Jun 14, 2014: Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
Jun 07, 2014: Toronto, Canada @ CineCycle
May 24, 2014: Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
Dec 22, 2013: Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
Oct 13, 2013: Toronto, Canada @ Parts & Labour
Aug 31, 2013: Toronto, Canada @ Handlebar
Feb 11, 2012: Lisbon, Portugal @ dUASsEMIcOLCHEIASiNVERTIDAS
Feb 10, 2012: Madrid, Spain @ Montana Sagrada
Feb 09, 2012: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Bolsjefabrikken
Feb 08, 2012: Malmo, Sweden @ Moriska Paviljongen
Feb 06, 2012: Oslo, Norway @ Skuret
Feb 05, 2012: Warsaw, Poland @ Sen Pszczoly
Feb 04, 2012: Vilnius, Lithuania @ Agharta
Feb 03, 2012: Tallinn, Estonia @ Ptarmigan @ Kodu
Feb 02, 2012: Tampere, Finland @ Kulttuurikahvila Hertta
Feb 01, 2012: Helsinki, Finland @ Musta Kissa
Jan 31, 2012: Riga, Latvia @ ULVE @ Nabaklab
Jan 30, 2012: Minsk, Belarus @ RE:PUBLIC
Jan 29, 2012: Kiev, Ukraine @ AZH @ Dyvan
Jan 28, 2012: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine @ Art Kvartira
Jan 26, 2012: Chisinau, Moldova @ Art Labyrinth
Jan 25, 2012: Bucharest, Romania @ Club Underworld
Jan 24, 2012: Sofia, Bulgaria @ Art Hostel
Jan 22, 2012: Stara Pazova, Serbia @ Pevac
Jan 21, 2012: Pancevo, Serbia @ Elektrika Pancevo @ Studio 21
Jan 20, 2012: Sarajevo, Bosnia @ Kriterion
Jan 19, 2012: Zagreb, Croatia @ Medika (Klub Attack)
Jan 18, 2012: Graz, Austria @ Mittwochs Exakt @ Postgarage
Jan 17, 2012: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Specialka @ Menza Pri Koritu
Jan 16, 2012: Opava, Czech Republic @ Bludny Kamen @ Gottfrei
Jan 15, 2012: Banska Bystrica, Slovakia @ Zahrada
Jan 14, 2012: Prague, Czech Rep. @ Blood In the Boat @ Final
Jan 13, 2012: Vienna, Austria @ Subterrarium
Jan 12, 2012: Montale, Italy @ Nub
Jan 11, 2012: Genoa, Italy @ Spazio Targa
Jan 10, 2012: Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Club Voor je Bek
Jan 09, 2012: Nancy, France @ A propos de minos @ RCN 90.7 FM
Jan 08, 2012: Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Vrijplaats Viezjuweel
Jan 07, 2012: Berlin, Germany @ Trickster
Jan 06, 2012: Rennes, France @ La Bascule
Dec 29, 2011: St. John's, Canada @ CBTG's
Oct 15, 2011: Toronto, Canada @ The Buzz Garage