Known early on for their 19th century cavalry garb and ridiculous amounts of hairspray, the Alarm
parlayed robust, folk-inspired rock anthems into an eight-year, five-album career. Fronted by Mike Peters
, the Alarm
hit hard with Declaration in 1984, and built upon that album's success with Strength
and Eye Of The Hurricane, easily two of the most popular albums of the mid-'80s "alternative" rock movement. Like their peers U2
., the Alarm
found themselves poised for superstardom by 1987. But subsequent albums Change
failed to capture the imagination of the Welsh band's huge worldwide audience, and Peters
ultimately bowed out in 1991.
Four years after the breakup of the Alarm
, Mike Peters
finally put out his first solo album--in the UK only--1995's Breathe
. That was soon followed by Second Generation, a collection of Alarm B-sides and unreleased tracks which Peters
rerecorded and released to the Alarm
fan club. Then, while he was making 1996's Feel Free
, his second solo album, Peters
was misdiagnosed with cancer.
In the fall of 1997, Mike Peters
, the first of his three solo outings to receive widespread US distribution. As with his previous two albums, Rise
contains optimistic songs of hope and freedom, much like the ones Peters
made famous in the Alarm
. Joining him in the studio for a few of the sessions was ex-Cult guitarist Billy Duffy
; now, they've formed a new band, Colorsound, with plans to record their first album in early 1999.