Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Relix.com has posted a review of a recent Alberta Cross concert...
[Relix.com] Hopping across the pond following a North American run, Alberta Cross returned to its roots for several London shows. London hipsters, American transplants and the band’s family members filled Bush Hall, an intimate venue decorated with crystal chandeliers and disco balls.
Opening for Alberta Cross was London-based Oh Ruin, led by Eoin O’Ruainigh. While the band emitted a similar mood as the headliner, Oh Ruin blended vocals reminiscent of Ryan Adams or Adam Duritz with the melancholic tones of Bon Iver. Playing for half-an-hour, Oh Ruin successfully captured the attention of mingling listeners in the bar and drew them deeper into the cavernous venue (the band even culled several members of Alberta Cross to observe the performance).
Alberta Cross (guitarist/vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee who donned a standard black scarecrow hat, bassist Terry Wolfers, guitarist Sam Kearney, drummer Austin Beede and keyboardist Alec Higgins) came onstage in ‘70s southern rock get-up, complete with shoulder-length hair.
With a moodiness reminiscent of Jeff Buckley but with the power of The White Stripes, the band opened with the slow rocker, “Song Three Blues,” from its latest, Broken Side of Time. Stakee’s gritty and soulful vocals drenched the audience in oozy, stripped blues for a fast-paced “Taking Control” and a crooning “Ramblin’ Home.” Even though his vocals were often nearly drowned out by an overpowering bass, slight technical difficulties didn’t stop the audience from dancing and singing along.
Originally on Alberta Cross’ self-produced EP, The Thief and the Heartbreaker, but re-released on the band’s recent album, “Old Man Chicago” was definitely reminiscent of a soft, Neil Young-like southern rock staple which was followed by the significantly less moody and melancholic crowd favorite, “Lucy Rider.” The packed audience listened, captivated, as Stakee’s vocals trembled and questioned, “Why do we always lose what we love?”
For a change of tone, Alberta Cross pounded out a slew of songs from the new album, including the haunting and reverberating “ATX,” with guitarist Kearney playing a wailing slide. The band closed the show with the popular “Low Man” and “City Walls.” The quintet will continue to play shows throughout Europe and then travel back to the States for two shows in VT in late December with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
In other Alberta Cross news...
[CMJ.com] Brooklyn-by-way-of-London alt-rockers Alberta Cross are heading out on the road early next year in support of their September-released full-length debut, Broken Side Of Time (ATO). In the past, the British Americana band have toured in support of Oasis, the Shins and Bat For Lashes in the UK, but this time, they will be headlining with support coming from San Antonio folk group Hacienda. The tour kicks off in San Diego on January 11 and closes February 5 in Philadelphia.
Tour Dates For Alberta Cross:
01/11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
01/12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
01/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
01/15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Muddy Waters Coffee
01/16 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
01/18 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
01/19 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
01/23 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
01/27 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
01/28 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
01/ 29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
01/30 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
02/02 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
02/03 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
02/04 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02/05 - Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:56 PM