Sunday Station Change: Alberta Cross

The level of growth we’ve seen from Alberta Cross is a confusing, yet exciting journey that most bands fail to accomplish. What started as a British folk-rock duo has turned into a full-fledged band with a big rock and roll sound, mixing sounds of Oasis, Band of Horses, Local Natives, and The Dead Weather.

Dating back to 2005, Petter Ericson Stakee and Terry Wolfers start a band. They get the idea to call it Alberta Cross, which is apparently an anagram of sorts. Though, the true origin of the name is still unclear.

They started off with The Thief and the Heartbreaker, a series of demos that sound better than most demos I’ve ever heard. It featured a more acoustic-based, country/acoustic sound than on later albums. The album had a pair of music videos, “Hard Breaks”, and “Lucy Rider”.

Once the “mini-album” was released, they moved to New York, and their new music music seemed to reflect their move. Their new album, Broken Side of Time, sounded bigger, more guitar-filled, heavier, and stronger. It also, arguably, sounded better. As in, the songs got better. Not only did they master a few of their demos, but the added heavy sound made into a completely different album. It’s probably their best album to date.

The album’s best song is left up for debate, but there is no debate which song fully grabs the degree of transition between albums.

This album brought Alberta Cross closer to the spotlight than they had experienced to that point. In 2013, Wolfers actually left Alberta Cross, leaving Petter as the only original member. Still, they’re currently working on a new album set to release in late 2014.

Before Wolfers left, though, they were able to release another album, Songs of Patience. This album gets better the more you listen to it. It has a strong Oasis-y sound to it, but it isn’t an overbearing “rip-off” sound, either. The album is heavier than the first album, but softer than the second. Whether that was intentional or not is not clear, but what is clear is this band’s ability to effectively construct any sound they wish. No matter what, the Alberta Cross stamp of authenticity will be there.

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