In February 2006 the two high school friends Thorben and Sune formed Alcoholic Faith Mission. Walking through Brooklyn they accidentally stumbled upon the Apostolic Faith Mission. Since they at the time were discussing alcoholism they joked about trading Apostolic out for Alcoholic; alcoholics have faith in booze like the devout have in religion. A band with a name was conceived.
Six months after the conception of AFM they released their debut Misery Loves Company.
All recordings were made with a simple laptop in Thorben’s bedroom along with just a few set of rules: Only record at night. The only light source could be that of candles. Consumption of alcohol was integral. And lastly, once something was recorded it could not be changed.
Brooklyn never quite loosened its grip however, and in spring of 2008 the guys went back to where it all started to record their second album 421 Wythe Avenue – the address where they stayed.
This time the setting was an old rebuilt factory loft next to the Williamsburg Bridge overlooking the East River. And now there was only one rule: everything used to record had to be found in the confines of their dwellings. This is how two dictionaries came to be a kick drum and wailing and screaming came to remedy the lack of synthesizers.
421 Wythe Avenue was released in April 2009 and like its predecessor it received critical acclaim. AFM turned into a collective enrolling Kristine, Gustav, Morten and Anders.
In 2010 their third and most renowned album Let This Be The Last Night We Care was released in Europe, USA and Japan and a busy touring schedule of shows and festivals throughout Europe and North America could commence.
Again in the summer of 2011 AFM stepped out onto the big European festival stages playing Roskilde Festival (DK), Peace & Love (SE), SIESTA! (SE) and Positivus (LV) to list a few.
Several American media like MTV, Brooklyn Vegan, Esquire, New York Times, Blast Magazine and Toronto Star highlighted AFM as one of the stand out acts respectively at Reykjavík’s Iceland Airwaves, New York’s CMJ, Toronto’s Canadian Music Week and Austins SxSW.
Together with Tom McFall (R.E.M., Weezer, Stars) AFM finished their fourth album Ask Me This in the fall of 2011. It’s set to release worldwide in 2012 followed by extensive touring in Europe and North America.