Brooklyn based five piece Alberta Cross have joined the Dew Process stable. With a truly striking upcoming debut album, ‘Broken Side of Time’ under their belt, Alberta Cross has already made serious in-roads in the US and UK. The band were personally invited to join Oasis on tour and share the stage with Neil Young, The Shins, Bat for Lashes and Simian Mobile Disco. They recently took to the stage at Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonaroo Festivals.
Alberta Cross recorded their LP in Austin, Texas with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon) and mixed it with John O’Mahony (Dépêche Mode, Coldplay, Kasabian) at Electric Lady Studios. After the UK and US release of their EP ‘The Thief and The Heartbreaker’ received glowing reviews for its modest, folk-minded, acoustic-based sound, the brainchilds behind Alberta Cross frontman Petter Ericson Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers decided to step it up a notch for their debut album.
The result is ‘Broken Side of Time’, an album that reflects the two principles frustrations of couch surfing in Brooklyn. 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.”
Appropriately, Stakee was listening to Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, and the grimmer, gospel songs of Depeche Mode while writing the songs of Broken Side of Time. On songs like ‘Rise From the Shadows’ and ‘Ghost of City Life he speaks directly of their situation and surroundings. Other outstanding tracks on the album include ‘ATX’ and ‘Old Man Chicago’.
It’s a massive statement of intent that is grand in volume and vision with a set of electric songs that finds an intersection with The Verve, My Morning Jacket and Neil Young.
Alberta Cross are now signed to ATO records in the USA and Ark Records in the UK and Europe. Dew Process is proud to welcome them to their Australian and New Zealand family.
Alberta Cross’ debut album ‘Broken Side of Time’ is due for release in early October.
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