This is a special preview. My daughter Olivia and her friend Connie will be accompanying us to the Bunbury Festival this week. The two will (hopefully) be talking to some of the bands after their sets and will provide daily video recaps from Cincinnati. Alberta Cross performed in Columbus last Friday night and Olivia and Connie had the chance to sit down with singer Petter Ericson Stakee (wearing the hat) and bassist Terry Wolfers to ask questions about Bunbury.
Alberta Cross performs on the Globili stage at 1:30pm on Saturday, July 14
Alberta Cross is a 5-piece based out of Brooklyn but with members from around the globe (including London, England and Columbus, Ohio). With a sound that mixes alt-rock, blues, and country-influenced roots rock, Alberta Cross has toured with the likes of Oasis, the Dave Matthews Band, Them Crooked Vultures, Dead Confederate, Everest, etc.
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Here’s how it happened it my head …
“Hey Chip, it’s Marissa from PromoWest. Listen, we’re looking to book one of those shows that, in a few years, people will say ‘I was there!’. We’ve got an opening at The Basement on Friday, July 6. Can you think of two bands that have already paid their dues, already have a few releases under their belts, have played on BIG stages opening for well-established acts that might be a good fit?”
“Funny you should ask, Marissa. I’ve got the perfect bill for you, and they are already touring together! Alberta Cross has played at The Basement as headliners and opened for Pete Yorn at The Newport, toured with Dave Matthews and Oasis, and performed at Bonaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury, South by Southwest, and Lollapalooza. Everest, meanwhile, has performed at The Newport twice – opening for Minus the Bear and Guster, was handpicked by Neil Young to open his 2008 arena tour (along with Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie), is opening Young’s fall 2012 tour and has been featured in a Corona commercial … AND … did I mention that both bands appeared in video sessions that we did with Electraplay?”
Marissa made the conversation in my head a reality. You won’t want to miss this one.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the Alberta Cross/Everest show at The Basement on Friday, July 6. Both bands have been featured in our “Live at Electraplay” series which you should definitely watch if you haven’t seen them yet (watch Alberta Cross; watch Everest).
To enter the contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll announce a winner on July 3.
The Bunbury Festival – taking place July 13-15 in Cincinnati and featuring headliners Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie – announced another wave of performers on Friday afternoon. Quite a few highlights despite not a ton of well-known names. And for those wondering, The Flaming Lips, The National, and The Afghan Whigs will NOT be performing.
Friday: Crash King, Henry Clay People, Capital Cities, Kids These Days, G Miles & the Hitmen, Find Vienna, Humble Home, Emily & the Complexes
Saturday: Imagine Dragons, Alberta Cross, The 4 On The Floor, The Sundresses, Sphynx, Black Taxi, Old Lights, Doop and the Inside Outlaws
Sunday: Neon Trees, The Deep Dark Woods, UME, Nikki Lane, Pomegranates, Black Owls, Belle Histoire, Child Bite, Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound, Rachel Ann Figley, The Black Tape, Archer’s Paradox
Exact times haven’t been announced but here’s the most current day-by-day lineup.
As our friends at Electraplay put some finishing touches on sessions by Everest, DD/MM/YY, Damien Jurado, Scott Lucas & The Married Men, The Posies, La Otracina and Fort Wilson Riot, we thought we’d give you another opportunity to check out the 10 Donewaiting/Electraplay sessions that were posted in 2010. Continue reading
Borrowing from an old Beatles song (one that was remade by Pearl Jam), “I’ve got a feeling” about Alberta Cross, one that tells me that they’ve only scratched the surface on the rock behemoth they’ll someday be. To date, they’ve done everything the right way – putting out a great debut full of solid songcrafting and then touring and touring and touring so that people take notice. As you’ll discover in the latest Live at Electraplay session, Alberta Cross has not only performed coast-to-coast as a headlining act, but have also opened for some pretty big names (and a wide musical spectrum at that) in their short time together.
In late August and early September, you can catch Alberta Cross out west with the Dave Matthews Band and Ben Harper. In the meantime, check them out here as they give us a very special and intimate performance.
Here’s the full Vimeo feature with all the performances and interview segments together, and the rest of the chopped-and-condensed, single-song YouTube versions. (Interview by yours truly, filming and editing by Electraplay, animation by Nick Cavalier.) More bands coming very soon.
Alberta Cross’s Broken Side of Time was #6 on my “Favorites of 2009” list. Here’s what I said about the CD:
This swirling and noisy blend of dark, gothic southern-rock and psychedelic-tinged grunge evokes comparisons to artists such as Blind Melon, Dead Confederate, Mother Love Bone, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Kings of Leon.
Guess I’m not going to be looked at as a trendsetter this year. Believe me, I’m as surprised as anyone that my two favorite releases of the year were put out by bands that were active in the hair metal community in the late ’80s. But when I went back and scanned through iTunes to see what I listened to the most, these are the ones that were clear cut favorites.
1. Danger Danger – Revolve
The best CD of 1989 was released 20 years late! This b-list hair metal band brought original singer Ted Poley back for a reunion album filled with big hooks (“Hearts on the Highway”), bigger choruses (“That’s What I’m Talking About”), songs about girls (“Rocket to Your Heart”), guitar solos (“Ghost of Love”), and power ballads (“Fugitive”). Def Leppard and Bon Jovi’s recent efforts didn’t sound nearly this good.
Listen: Keep On Keepin’ On
2. Ray West – All Pointz West
Spread Eagle’s Ray West was my favorite singer from the sleaze-glam era (early ’90s). His solo debut may have been 15+ years in the making, but it was worth it as he updates Spread Eagle’s sound (which was similar to Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue) by making it heavier and more aggressive (ala Godsmack, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage). I listened to this CD more than anything else this past summer.
3. The Damnwells – One Last Century
My fears that The Damnwells were done were unjustified and proven false when the band released this FREE album in February. The older carryovers (“55 Pictures”, “Bastards of Midnight”, “Down with the Ship”) were my favorites initially but I grew to love the collaborations Alex Dezen did with his wife, Angela (“Dandelion”, “Like it Is”), just as much as anything the band has previously done.
Download:One Last Century (full CD)
4. Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter
Halfway through 2009, this album was my favorite. Though it’s billed under Lytle’s name, it’s really just an extension of the singer’s Grandaddy sound (spacey/dreamy indie-pop) and “Brand New Sun” may be one of the best, simplest pop songs released this year.
Watch: Brand New Sun
5. The Prairie Cartel – Where Did All My People Go?
Blake Smith and Mike Willison hinted at their electro-pop/sample fascination as members of the short-lived alt.rock band Caviar but bring that fascination to full fruition (along with Local H’s Scott Lucas) on The Prairie Cartel’s long overdue debut (most of these songs were on a demo CD the guys gave me at SXSW back in ’07). The versatility of the music allows The Prairie Cartel to perform it live as either a full band or in a DJ setting with Lucas singing over pre-recorded sounds loaded onto an iPod.
Download: Beautiful Shadow
Early this year, at SXSW, I stumbled into a day party at the Red-Eyed Fly and while waiting for the band I wanted to see (I think it was Rumspringa) play on the indoor stage, I made my way towards the back doors to the outside stage where I caught the last song of Alberta Cross’s set. You ever get those moments where you hear something for the first time or you see a band live for the first time and you get chills? I swore I was looking at Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) as I watched Petter Ericson Stakee swing his head back and forth and the voice … not only did he look like Hoon, but he sounded like Hoon too!