- Published on Wednesday, July 25 2012
- Written by Shawn Bonner
Alberta Cross began simply when two musicians met in a London pub. Between 2007 and 2009, they released two albums, but it would be three years before the release of Songs of Patience, which dropped just last week.
Swedish-born singer/songwriter Petter Ericson Stakee and London-born bassist Terry Wolfers spent countless hours expanding and revising this album to bring them closer to their roots while still taking steps forward as a band. Songs of Patience delivers exactly what the title implies: three years of working tirelessly to create an album full of soulful lyrics, catchy melodies, and vocals that are bound to force themselves to the pleasure-center of the brain.
On the band’s Website, Ericson Stakee says of the new record: “Everything we have been through is present in our record, and it's my proudest work yet. For the first time ever, I wanted to print my lyrics because it’s important that people form an idea of what each song is about. At the same time, I’d like my songs to be more open, so people can incorporate their own experiences and give them their own meaning. Although the songs are serious, the whole album feels more colorful than ever.”
Last night, Alberta Cross played live at the Troubador in West Hollywood to a crowd full of adoring fans bobbing their heads and dancing to the music while the bass vibrated straight through your bones. This tiny venue packs a big punch of sound, and Alberta Cross sounded just as good, if not better, live than on the album – an impressive feat for any band.
Ericson Stakee and Wolfers definitely have a new fan in me, and if you haven’t heard of them or checked out their new album, DO IT! This band is headed for higher ground and soon, Alberta Cross will be a household name.
Take a listen to one of the tracks off their new album, "Bonfires", below:
Get Songs of Patience on iTunes, Amazon, or from their Website.
- Shawn Bonner, YH Staff
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