Man in the Camo Jacket is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of iconic Welsh rock musician Mike Peters (The Alarm), his rise to fame, battle with cancer, and inspiring climb back as he enlists some of the world’s top musicians to help save the lives of cancer patients around the globe through his charity Love Hope Strength. Record Store Day exclusive vinyl features brand new and unreleased The Alarm studio and live tracks. Semi-transparent brown vinyl with download card and a poster.
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The limited edition LP (which was released on the same day as The Gathering Los Angeles) kicks off with ‘Coming Backwards’ the first track to be officially released from the forthcoming ‘Blood Red Viral Black’ recordings alongside many other previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of the INXS classic ‘The Devil Inside’ which was cut with Firebird Trio at a recording studio in Melbourne Australia, 2014 while Mike Peters was addressing the World Cancer Congress.
“When writing and recording ‘Coming Backwards’ I felt it made connections to the energy of the band that was on full display through our first ever video for ‘The Stand‘” Peters tells us. “When we first connected with audiences back in 1983 it wasn’t just because of our music, it was also through the way we presented ourselves and conducted our performances on stage. It was also transmitted through the iconic Red Poppy which I paint-sprayed across the backdrops of the video and at our early stage shows. ‘The Stand’ video and performance really lights up the screen when it appears in the Camo Jacket film and made me see connections to the past history of the band that could be brought forward and made relevant for today’s audiences, especially the kind of people we will play to on the Vans Warped Tour this summer.”
Eight years in the making, Man in the Camo Jacket chronicles Peters’ rise to fame and the subsequent health struggles that he has faced and his inspiring road to recovery. A three-time cancer survivor, Peters formed the Love Hope Strength charity, which, according to its website, uses its funds to “purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, and help build cancer centers.”
The new film features performances from Peters and guest appearances from friends like Slim Jim Phantom (the Stray Cats), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and many others. Peters shares additional insight into how he and director Fahad Vania brought the video concept for “Coming Backwards” to life, working at Rebl HQ, based at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where they shot the video.
“The production team re-created the famous set of the MTV show The Cutting Edge (which was where we cut the original video for ‘The Stand’), I set to work paint-spraying the red poppy and lyrics onto the back drops and I think the performance and edit totally captures the modern spirit of the Alarm today,” he explains. “Still maverick, still making the kind of ‘stand’ that I first sang about in the original song, only this time the ‘making of the stand’ is now very real in the sense of my own come back from cancer and the work of our charity Love Hope Strength which is saving lives at concerts and festivals across the globe.”
The Limited edition vinyl LP released on Camo Colored Vinyl and also includes a ‘Man In The Camo Jacket’ film poster. Other highlights include a first release for a 1984 recording of The Alarm’s classic ‘Sixty Eight Guns’ which features a very different arrangement from the ‘Declaration’ version and was mixed from the original master tapes by Mike Peters. The twelve track limited edition vinyl record released on Camo coloured Vinyl exclusively in the USA only as part of the 10th Anniversary US Record Store Day 2017.
To celebrate the occasion Mike Peters and The Alarm made a special ‘full band’ US Record Store Day 10th Anniversary live appearance and signing session at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, California on Saturday morning April 22nd followed The Gathering Los Angeles at the James Bridges Theatre that same evening. The Gathering Los Angeles featured a screening of Man In the Camo Jacket plus acoustic set and Q&A with Mike Peters plus some very, very special guest appearances.
Tracks: 1. Coming Backwards 2. Rain the the Summertime 3. One Guitar 4. Sixty Eight Guns 5. 45 R.P.M. 6. Strength 7. Devil Inside 8. Sold Me Down the River 9. The Stand 10. Unsafe Building 11. Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke? 12. Love Hope & Strength
Produced by Kaleidoscope Pictures, (Directed by Russ Kendall) the film premiered in the USA this April with screenings at The Dallas International Film Festival (April 3rd) and at the American Documentary Film Festival, Palm Springs on April 4th. Both screenings accompanied by acoustic sets and Q & A with Mike Peters himself.
Other screenings took place at the Newport Beach Film Festival, California (April 20th -27th) and also as part of the Mike Peters and The Alarm USA Gathering event at UCLA, Los Angeles on April 22nd and an already SOLD OUT New York City Gathering at The Gramercy Theatre on April 29th.
Man In The Camo Jacket will hit the road with an accompanying Love Hope Strength ‘Get On The List’ bone marrow donor drive at each screening, leading to the registration of new donors and the potential for even more lives to be saved. To date, the Love Hope Strength ‘Get On The List’ program, has (in partnership with DKMS), registered over 150,000 people and located more than 2,800 potentially life saving matches.
Filmed over the course of eight years, the film documents Mike’s journeys to the summits of the world’s tallest mountains and to the depths of his regular chemotherapy treatments and features one of a kind performances and contributions from legendary rock musicians including:
•Billy Duffy (The Cult)
•Captain Sensible (The Damned)
•Cy Curnin (The Fixx)
•Dave Wakeling (The English Beat)
•Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
•Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia)
•Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats)
•Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
•Glenn TIlbrook (Squeeze)
•Miles Zuniga (Fastball)
•James Stevenson (The Alarm, Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel)
•Stephen ‘Smiley’ Barnard (The Alarm, Archive, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros)
•Craig Adams (The Alarm, Sisters Of Mercy & The Mission)
•Nigel “Twist” Phillips (The Alarm)
•Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm)
•Dave Sharp (The Alarm)
•Richard Blade (KROQ, XFM’s FIRST WAVE)
•Martha Quinn (MTV)