Alarm Clock Conspiracy is an Indie Rock / Power Pop / Alt-Country band from Asheville, NC. The “conspiracy” which we speak of, is the fallacy that all humans must awake to a bellowing alarm clock each morning, only to rush off to work at a job that they truly hate. We are the spearheads of a revolution against day jobs everywhere. Wake up to right now! ACC’s influences are drawn from 60’s & 70’s acoustic folk, and rock music, as well as more current indie rock sounds of today. ACC’s focus is on high energy live performances as well as writing genuine songs that are infectious, and to the point. We are capable of playing a 5 hour performance of original music, as well as covers by such bands as, The Beatles, The Police, Pink Floyd, The Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and many many more. What sets the band apart from most acts out there is our ability to play an acoustic performance, or a full bore electric rock show. We pride ourselves on our versatility to fit to whatever situation the event calls for.
Chris Carter and Ian Reardon formed as an acoustic guitar/vocal duo in the late summer of 1999. In the fall of 2009 Wes Jameson joined the band on bass, and James Hurlston was added on drums. Since then, the band has played hundreds of live shows in the southeast, exciting audiences, and steadily building a crowd base of dedicated fans. In May of 2013, ACC added John McKinney on keyboards and the band was complete. In 2012, ACC released its first, self-produced album, with the help of our friend and engineer Greg Sipes. The self titled album featured long time friends Michael Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) on mandolin, Forrest Smith on pedal steel, and Isaac Wells on percussion. In January of 2013, ACC’s self titled album drew the attention of a record label from Athens, GA which landed ACC a recording contract. The label sent the band to record its follow up album “Harlequin” with legendary producer/engineer/pro-tools guru, John Keane, in his studio in Athens, Ga. John has worked with such bands as R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Indigo Girls, Warren Zevon as well as many other high profile acts. We were honored to have Randall Bramblett (Traffic, Steven Winwood, Greg Allman Band, Bonnie Raitt… ) brought in on keyboards for the recording session. It was almost the end of the recording session, when we found out that through a string of unfortunate events, the label had lost all major funding for their projects. This left ACC to find its on way to save the album from being shelved forever. Thankfully ACC was able to raise the necessary funds to pay for the project through a successful crowdsourcing campaign and the rest is history.
Agency Ian Reardon