The band shares 'Irish Sea' from upcoming 'Stream - Hurricane of Change.'
Striding along the sea singing a song called, well, "Irish Sea" might seem like an obvious setting for the new video from the Alarm's Mike Peters. But the clip for the soaring, anthemic track -- shot on Rhyl Beach and premiering below from the group's upcoming project Stream - Hurricane of Change -- packs some significant emotional resonance for the singer.
"The house I was born in overlooked the Irish Sea," Peters tells Billboard. "My formative up bringing was 100 yards from the real seafront, where the Irish Sea laps up onto North Wales." Of even greater significance, Peters adds, "you could argue the Alarm started on those (sands) when I was four years old, when...I met my next door neighbor, (Alarm co-founder) Eddie MacDonald. We played with bucks on the sands of the Irish Sea, and that's how the band started in a way. That's how it all happened. So I just felt that's where I needed to sing that song for the camera, walking on the beach with the water lapping at my footsteps."
Due out June 12, Stream - Hurricane of Change also takes Peters back -- not quite to his childhood but to the turbulent period between 1985-90, when the Alarm was making its third and fourth albums, 1987's Eye of the Hurricane and 1989's Change, amidst degrees of inner-band turmoil (it eventually broke up for eight years starting in 1991). The two-disc set is an outgrowth of Peters' one-man show, which recasts and re-sequences songs from the two albums with added narration and another new song, "Ballad of Randolph Turpin," in addition to "Irish Sea."