LOVE ALIEN is the creation of Jill (of NY) and Thomas (of Vienna, Austria) who met on Avenue A in the East Village of NYC, and have teamed up with awesome players from all over the world, including Alan Gevaert, bassist from Belgium (Chris Whitley, Sarah McLachlan), Lior Shulman, drums & percussions from Israel, Brian Hardgroove, bass & drums from NY (Chuck D, Public Enemy), Satoru Ito, bassist from Japan (Ultra Bide). Most recently, Dave Eggars, cellist, has been playing in Thomas and Jill's acoustic performances.
They toured the US seven times (with additional shows in Canada in '98), opened for Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) & toured Europe three times, with an additional appearance in Tel Aviv, Israel, in '99, also playing live on national tv (arts and entertainment channel).
The new cd "In the Waves" is the fourth album released on their label Endorphin Records. "You" and "Fall in NYC" were pre-released to Austria's national alternative station FM4, & have been receiving airplay. "Blue Planet preview", released in '99, has received airplay on college and commercial radio stations worldwide (and the track "Blue Moon" was in the top 40 on mp3.com's alternative genre).
Three songs off their '97 release "Lost Dark & Insane" are on the soundtrack of independent feature film "Copy Shop", a black comedy which stars Jill in the role of Rita - directed by five-time Emmy winner William Electric Black. - "Copy Shop" is in post-production. Another song off that album, "Dreamed of You" was used by Stephen Barnwell (working with Cyber Sapien Productions) for one of his music videos (click on the multi-media link to view). Songs also got airplay on WLIR, L.I., NY and WDST, Woodstock, NY. - Also in '97 Jill and Thomas were interviewed by Kazakstan National Television which was aired to an audience of 20 million viewers.
Of their first album, "First Encounter", which got airplay on K-ROCK, FM, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) said "it's my new favorite car music!"
LOVE ALIEN has played many NYC venues including Webster Hall, on the bill with Spacehog, Don Hill's with Hanzel und Gretyl, Continental (w/ Marky Ramone & the Intruders at the INTEL-fest and have also played on the West Capitol steps in Wash. D.C. at a rally against Bush (and for voters rights), a Benefit for the Independent Media Center-NY' with Riconstruction, benefits for WTC victims & firefighters families, and in numerous Woodstock festivals, including Woodstock Delirium on Yasgurs Farm w/ Buzzy Linhart, Country Joe, Melanie, etc. in a free three day music fest in front of 25,000 (peaceful!) people.
In 2001, LOVE ALIEN was featured in Great Britain-based Network
of the World with video-play and write-up
- "...one can see
why LOVE ALIEN are considered one of the most promising
up-and -comers of the N.Y. underground scene."
- - Thomas composed, was musical director and played
live in the dark rock musical "The Damned" (Village Voice said "The
a rock musical featuring Thomas Simon has made this
town take notice.... a hot ticket not to miss) and was
commissioned to create music for film
Wine " and multi-media productions at Space in Vienna - -
while Jill starred in N.Y. theater ("There's one great idea in "Cocaine
Dreams" - the inspired notion of having an actress, Jill Simon portrays
the drug, behaving like a highly seductive mistress.
The idea works, Simon couldn't be better" - NY Post) and was also
2003-2005 found them busy with more film, TV and theater work -
- Jillie in political thriller "Confess" ( starring Eugene Byrd and Melissa Leo), indie comedy
"Pisser", a recurring role on "As The World Turns", and in BritFest 2005, a
benefit for Tsunami Relief, she played Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn", by Chris
Thomas completed the first part of his "Walkabout", documentary-musical
travelogue, with jam sessions in Brazil, India, Nepal, NYC - the official
selection, so far, of Forest Grove International Film Festival 2005,
CheapShot L.A. Film Festival 2005, Reel HeArt International Film Festival 2005
and River's Edge Film Festival.
And this fall, 2005, under new name Thomas Simon's Musicien Sans Frontieres, they
played Galapagos: Exposed, a fashion event, at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg, played
the Salvation Army benefit for Hurricane Katrina on Pier 63 & the Mardi Gras Animal
Rescue Benefit , also on Pier 63.
(contact www.endorphinrecords.com for more info on all upcoming dates)