Aiden Begin Writing, Planning New (Final?) Album For 2014


Earlier this year, UTG sat down with William Control to discuss a number of things, including the fate of his punk band Aiden. At that point, Aiden had not been heard from in months, and it was clear from our discussion with William that it would be some time before that project was heard from again. He also mentioned the idea that Aiden may come to an end in the foreseeable future, and now it seems everything is slowly starting to come together.

Taking to Aiden’s official Facebook, William Control (real name Wil Francis) posted a lengthy update informing fans to the members’ recent activity. Control notes that he has only recently started writing new material for the band, and that it’s unlikely a new album will surface anytime before 2014. It seems the band are planning to self-release the record, and Control even mentions considering a quasi-auction/Kicktarter to raise production funds.

In addition to discussing plans for new music, William Control also danced around the topic of the band’s ultimate fate with a fine finesse, stating “In fact, I have been thinking about how we are going to move forward towards a new path, the end path, the road to closure for a band I have cherished and loved and adored for a third of my life.”

You can read Control’s entire message below. Stay tuned for further updates:


How are you all? I must apologize here on the outset, it’s been a long time since I’ve addressed you directly. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the hazy fog covered forest, whilet speeding on the train of life. I have been reading your messages and compliments and pleas for new music and tour dates, it feels incredible that you are still out there, still listening, still believing in our little band from Seattle. What a journey it’s been. Ten years have passed since we first rocked that little pizza joint in downtown Seattle, and from the mole hill up the mountain we went. I know Aiden hasn’t been very active in the last year and a half or so, we have been taking a much needed break after a whirlwind career of travel, art and deconstruction. Although, when I say “Break”, I really mean, we just haven’t written any Aiden material. In fact, I have been thinking about how we are going to move forward towards a new path, the end path, the road to closure for a band I have cherished and loved and adored for a third of my life.

I have been keeping myself quite busy in the absence of Aiden recently. I started releasing William Control records on my own and have spent a better portion of the last year out on the road in support of them. Every City I travel to, every night I sit and speak to some of you, I get asked, when is Aiden going to return? The answer is: Next year. I have been writing a little here and there for the new album and I am quite certain we are going to release it ourselves. I have been collecting memorabilia from our career to sell to help fund the album. Would you, the fans, help fund an Aiden record? Would you be interested in different packages of limited and one of a kind items from the bands career? Magazines? guitars? handwritten lyrics? old microphones? Just a thought. Think about it.

Let me keep this short and sweet, I am usually at risk of a discourse that runs away from me like gazelles being chased by cheetahs. I merely wanted to say hello and tell you that I have not forgotten about you. Nor do I wish for the time we spend apart to be so vast. It wont be long now until we are all stepping on each others faces and singing every word to the Last Sunrise.

One last thing… I know that some of you haven’t received T shirts that Nick was sending out, if you’ve had an issue, email him directly…. and he will sort you out. We also have a new merch distribution system for the merch so these issues shouldn’t happen going forward.

There is a new limited edition shirt up for sale and only 50 will be made. Go get one before they are gone!!

All my love

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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