Formed in Riverside, California in 1996, the band Alien Ant Farm released five studio albums, sold over 5 million records worldwide and is best known for their hard rock version of the Michael Jackson song “Smooth Criminal.”
The band was formed in the middle of the 1990s by Dryden Mitchell (vocals), Terry Corso (guitars), Mike Cosgrove (drums) and Tye Zamora (bass). In 1996 they recorded a demo tape entitled the $100 EP containing five songs, and in 1998 they recorded a second demo tape Love Songs, featuring four songs.
In 1999, Alien Ant Farm released their debut album, titled Greatest Hits that featured a first version of ‘Smooth Criminal.’ It went on to win Best Independent Album in the L.A. Music Awards that year.”
They planned to release their third album in 2005 but got caught up in record contract limbo when Universal Music bought DreamWorks and signed the band to its Geffen Records label. They weren’t able to release their album Up in the Attic until 2006.
The band had said they “unofficially” broke up in 2007 due to the fact that Up in the Attic was their least successful album. They ended up getting back together in 2010 and began working on a new album
In 2013 they set up a crowdfund, using PledgeMusic, to finance the album’s release. The first single from Always and Forever, “Let ‘Em Know”, was released in May 2013. Also in the summer of 2013, Alien Ant Farm participated in “The Big Night Out Tour”, opening for Hoobastank & Fuel.
Their fourth album, Always and Forever, came out in February 2015.
In 2018 they toured as part of the “Gen-X Tour”, alongside Buckcherry, P.O.D., and Lit.