Alberta Cross brought this year’s CMJ Marathon attendees back to the 70′s at Terminal 5. The shoegaze-ish, alt-country 5 piece outfit played a solid show, setting the mood for follow-ups Portugal.The Man. The quintet flowed through a rich setlist ranging from very emotional guitar solos to groovy percussion breaks.
Once called revivalists of early-seventies hippie/stoner sounds, there’s more to it than just psychedelia, freedom-love and flower power. Alberta Cross blend southern-rock, country and blues to beautiful-sounding distortion and great lyrics in a rather outstanding fashion. Petters voice is the special touch, though. In a nutshell, his vocal character is somewhere between Neil Young and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.Although their sound is nowhere near innovation, their take on it sure is special. The heavy, dirty modernity they put together with those raw, honest and somewhat romantic songs make this breaking band sound like good old timers with a lot of tales o tell. Alberta Cross is a safe step into a path that leads out of New York’s current music scene.
Written By: Nilo Ayer
Category: Shows and Events