This is the fourth EP from THE LOUD BANGS, following Jan 2022's "Zaera," and April 2022's "Introducing The Loud Bangs," and June 2022's "Highway Safety Films."

This probably seems like a lot of music in a short amount of time, but note that we started this project a year ago. Also, note that "The Alice Experience" is really a b-sides record. We really liked the idea of tight 5-song EPs (and tight 3-song remix EPs), and there was always great debate about what should go on each EP to make it the best possible running order. These didn't make the cut, for the reasons cited below.

"The Gloria Films" is one of my all-time favorites from the band. So why is it a b-side? Well, first, it's 6 minutes long and only two chords. And second, it's 6 minutes long and only two chords. It was from the sessions for "Introducing the Loud Bangs."

"The Stacey Diagram" was an old, old song from Alice and she was basically sick of it. We loved the funky bridge, but were worried about a shoegaze revolt. Also from the "Introducing..." sessions.

"The Edith Formation" was a long-ish instrumental and we decided that with "Attachment Theory" and "Zaera," we had covered that ground better. This one was an improv one day. Daisy started to fiddle with my Prophet V to dial in a cool patch for a different track and it sounded cool, so I pressed record on the console. That's why it starts so suddenly. Then Alice started playing the electric piano over top of it. I added some overdubs, Alice found the talking samples, and it basically became a song from there. It's very Boards of Canada, so right up my alley, but unsure how it fits in the world of THE LOUD BANGS. Also from "Introducing..."

"The Jessica Triangle" was originally going to end the "Zaera" EP, but we thought it sounded a little too pop to fit in with the rest of those tracks, particularly following "Behaviors." So we went with "Attachment Theory" instead. This is a better tune than "Attachment Theory," but we thought that song left off with more of a mystery. I really love this one, especially the fact that there are so few words and the ones that are there are so cool. But that's the reason it has such a long tag at the end -- it was supposed to be a closer.

"The Jamie Situation" is the only song that isn't a b-side. It's also just one or two chords, but has something to it that we all really liked. UK rapper K C Q did some vox for it, at the request of the label, and then we built from there with Alice's part. Those public domain samples in the beginning really set the stage, and it does sort of come together like a little story of instituationalization.

All together, it does make for a good (Alice) experience. We did some remixes, but a only a couple were worthy so, in conjunction with this EP, there's "(Seeking) The Alice Experience," which a nice remix of "The Stacey Diagram" and "The Gloria Films," plus one holdover from "Highway Safety Films," in a straightforward remix of "Emergency Surgery."

The band remains very obscure and that's a shame, because I adore all these people and all the music. It's a band with a terrific sound and a big sense of adventure. I don't think it will ever pay off commercially, but that's not what it's about. It still is some powerful stuff.

Side note: the song titles are all real things. Originally, these were all candidates for the band name (along with "Archie's Enemies"). "The Gloria Films" was the first named song, but then when Alice couldn't think of good or better titles for the others, it became kind of a theme album with the names of the songs. The band has already been pegged as "the Pink Floyd of Shoegaze," so what the heck.