“Though the songs go in different directions, there's a red thread that runs through everything," says Thorben Seierø Jensen, vocalist of Alcoholic Faith Mission, the oddly named Danish band whose name comes from a sign misread years ago, and who have just launched a spring tour. Jensen is sitting at a shabby Brooklyn cafe, talking about the influence of composer Philip Glass on the new album, 'Ask Me This,' whose 'Into Pieces' (grab it below), begins with jingly bells and playful keys soon joined by pixelated chorale and a fat synth line. The bubbles belong to the cherub across from him, Kristine Permild, who we think just agreed that love was in the air while making this album that, in Jensen own words, is about "choosing what's best for you and moving on."

It's all a bit puzzling, as a cursory listen of 'ask me this' picks up a smattering of feathery vocals but more the crunch of distorted guitars, thick synths, and ginormous drums. "We're experimenting with more genres than ever before," says Permild, as the hard-working sextet, once all chamber pop, now adds a helping of arena rock, with enough layers on each guitar line to make Jimmy Page proud. The band sat in Jensen's together piling tracks on each song, making an album seemingly made with a congregation of hard-rocking angels in the studio.

But how will it sound live?

"It will sound great," says Jensen -- that must be the red thread.

Alcoholic Faith Mission Spring 2012 Tour
04/26 - Philadelphia, Pa. | Kung Fu Necktie
04/27 - Brooklyn, N.Y. | Glasslands
04/28 - Boston, Mass. | TT the Bears
05/01 - Montreal, Quebec | Casa Del Popolo
05/02 - Toronto, Ontario| Drake Hotel
05/03 - Grand Rapids, Mich. | Founders Brewery, Co.
05/04 - Madison, Wisc. | Der Rathskellar at Wisconsin Union
05/05 - Chicago, Ill. | Schubas Tavern
05/06 - Minneapolis, Minn. | 7th Street Entry
05/08 - Denver, Colo. | Hi Dive
05/09 - Salt Lake City, Utah | Kilby Court
05/11 - Portland, Ore. | Doug Fir Lounge
05/12 - Seattle, Wash. | Comet Tavern
05/14 - San Francisco, Calif. | Rickshaw Stop
05/15 - Santa Barbara, Calif. | Muddy Waters
05/17 - Los Angeles, Calif. | The Satellite
05/18 - San Diego, Calif. | Soda Bar
05/19 - Tucson, Ariz. | Plush
05/22 - Austin, Texas | The Mohawk
05/23 - Dallas, Texas | La Grange


Listen to Alcoholic Faith Mission's 'Into Pieces'