Alberta Cross Announce Debut Album
From their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Broken Side Of Time’, Alberta Cross are set to release ‘ATX’ as a single on September 14th. Surging with energy, pain and paranoia, singer Petter Ericson Stakee and the band reach from deep within on what is one of the album’s most explosive tracks.
“The song came out of a late night drunken jam,” explains Petter. “The lyrics are about David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’. It’s about being an alien, being out of place.”
The video for the single is culled from live footage of the band’s recent performances at the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals, plus last months two appearances at Brixton Academy. In just over four incendiary minutes, both video and song perfectly sum up the sheer vigor of Alberta Cross live and the excitement they create.
To be released a week later on September 21st, their debut album ‘Broken Side of Time’ took root in an April 2008 jam session and with the aid of a little drink and a little smoke, the five-piece jammed on a group of Stakee’s then-new songs with almost instant results. “I remember thinking that night, ‘This is gonna be insane’” reminisces Stakee.
Their well-received debut EP, 2007’s The Thief & the Heartbreaker, was a modest, folk-minded, acoustic-based disc that garnered glowing reviews. But, for Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers, it was a baby step. ‘Broken Side Of Time’, meanwhile, is a giant stride ahead, one that marks the band’s official introduction to America. Recorded in Austin, produced by the band with Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Dead Confederate, Heartless Bastards) & mixed by John O’Mahony (Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Kasabian) at Electric Lady Studios, the album melds propulsive, throbbing bass lines and crashing waves of guitar to a haunting, impassioned voice that can sound ancient and Appalachian.
Something of an about-face from The Thief & the Heartbreaker, the album, says Stakee, bears the influence of years of frustration logged in the shadow of Manhattan: “It’s kind of a desperation album, a darker album; it’s definitely angrier. We’ve been in a crazy place during the whole album, and you can hear that,” he explains. “But we’re trying to give people truly soulful music, which is hopefully inspirational. I want to ease their minds and give them a little break from reality.”
See for yourselves here:
Last updated: 18/04/2018 19:09:10