About a year ago we got an email about Alberta Cross and soon thereafter Oz and I had become enamored with their EP, The Theif & The Heartbreaker. We thought they were going to be a huge breakout band and the toast of the blog community. But then things went mostly silent. Oz and I were left completely befuddled.
After chatting with lead singer, Petter, the mystery was revealed. Apparently their old label, Geffen Records, wasn’t offering any sort of support and they were left in no-man’s land. They’ve since added three new members (including Alec from HearYa favorites The Morning Pages), have permanently set up shop in Brooklyn and just finished their first LP with Mike McCarthy in Austin. The tunes below are all off their upcoming LP that will be released on ATO Records, which is boasting an amazing stable of bands like The Whigs, White Rabbits, Other Lives, and a couple bands called My Morning Jacket and Radiohead
Their new sound is much heavier than the previous EP, but they still have a dash of that warm, 70′s hippie jam vibe. As Shirk was recording Alberta Cross, he was reminded of the Dead Confederate session. Both bands have a big, emotional, power rock sound that could fill an arena. During their set at Schubas that night, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a band with many similarities to My Morning Jacket. Petter has a truly unique voice, a la Jim James, and is backed by a jamming band. These guys are absolutely going places and, while Oz and I might have been sitting alone at the party for 18 months, we’ve got plenty of seats reserved. Please join us.
Video: Alberta Cross – Taking Control (Live At Shirk Music + Sound)
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