Hailing from New York, Alberta Cross have had steadily growing successes in recent years, being recognised in the biggest music publications as a breath of fresh air on the rock scene and having several of their songs being used in television. They have just released an exciting new album, 'Songs of Patience', so we caught up with them to chat about its reception in the UK, their promotional tour, future album plans and frontman Petter's new hat.
How have you found the European festival tour this summer?
Absolutely brilliant! The crowds that came out for the festivals were absolutely great to us and really seemed to love the new tunes. It felt like being home.
Has there been an element of discovery during the tour? Have there been any other artists that have caught your eye during your time on the road?Well, unfortunately, we learned that our tour manager has some trouble manoeuvring a van in Europe. That led to some interesting scenarios... Eagles of Death Metal were great to watch, and we seemed to almost be on the same schedule as they were. As always, it was good to meet old and new friends.
You've shared the stage with a huge range of artists over the past few years, has this variety influenced your sound in this period?
It's always inspired us to spend time with the musicians we've been privileged to tour with. One of our last support tours was with Them Crooked Vultures, so, certainly, being around three musicians of that calibre was a huge influence.
There is a distinct sonic difference between your recorded material and your more raw live performances. Have you ever considered capturing this more gritty side to Alberta Cross on record?
Actually, we're planning to make the next one much more organic and raw!
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