Earlier this month, “sweetcore” band Alesana made an announcement for their upcoming “Hero With A Thousand Faces Tour.” To celebrate, we at All Punked Up were able to get in touch with vocalist and guitarist, Shawn Milke, to discuss the band’s favorite things about touring, as well as the band’s future plans for new music. Check out the Q&A below!


The last time you toured the U.S. was when you were celebrating the 10th anniversary of your debut album, On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax, where you played the entire album from beginning to end. That was actually my first time seeing you guys live; I commuted over two hours from the city to see you guys play at Bada Brew in Crest Hill. For this upcoming tour, are you planning on playing songs from every album or focus more on playing songs within The Annabel Trilogy?

Thank you for traveling so far to see us!  For the Hero With A Thousand Faces Tour we will be playing a collection of songs spanning the entire Annabel Trilogy and The Decade EP.  There is actually a couple of songs included in the set that we’ve never played before.


Furthermore, how do you choose what songs to play?  Do you have any favorite songs you like to play live?

It is always a tough decision trying to blend songs we are really excited to perform as well as making sure that we include enough fan favorites.  I generally just try to make the set as energetic and eclectic as possible, make sure that there is a good dynamic flow.  Two of my favorite songs to play live are Hand In Hand With The Damned, The Lover, and Nero’s Decay.


When you go on tour, do you have any favorite cities or places to go to?

Cleveland is always fun because we have some really great friends who live there.  I’ve always enjoyed Chicago, Denver, and San Antonio as well.


You also recently made an announcement for the second edition of your novel, Annabel.  Inside, you included a preview of your next book, Madeline.  Can you give any sort of details about that or not yet?

Madeline is still very much a work in progress but I am very excited to take the story and the characters to new and unexpected places.


Your last studio album, Confessions, marked the end to The Annabel Trilogy.  Do you plan on writing more concept albums in the future?

Absolutely.  Before Confessions, The Decade EP was a brief departure from fictional storytelling but I am definitely excited to develop a new concept with Dennis for the next full length.


Lastly, can we expect a new album anytime soon?  Do you know which direction you want to go in terms of sound or lyrics?

I am in the very early stages of compiling some ideas.  What I can say is that this will be unlike any Alesana record before it.  Expect a lot of differences and explorations of sound and dynamics.


Alesana is an American post-hardcore band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Formed in 2004, the band is currently signed to Revival Recordings and Artery Recordings. The band has released two EPs and five studio albums, gaining a wide audience with their debut album On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax, introducing a musical style of both light and heavy sounds with storytelling lyrical themes. The band is most known for their 2010 album, The Emptiness, which introduced the creation of their most notable work(s), The Annabel Trilogy.