Alberta Cross

March 12th, 2009


In the second opening slot last night at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom, Alberta Cross, with their brooding brand of rock and roll, continued to prove why they are a band not to miss when they come to your town. Playing a mix of tracks from their self-produced EP, The Thief & the Heartbreaker—released in 2007—and newer songs, possibly destined for their debut album, to be released later this year, Alberta Cross firmly took hold of the room for their entire set.

When Swede Petter Ericson Stakee (guitar and vocals) and East Londoner Terry Wolfers (bass) met in a bar several years ago, they bonded over their love of the blues, country and ’70s rock. And that certainly comes across in several of their slow-building songs. While Alberta Cross exhibit shades of guitar-rock bands like Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and some ethereal bits of early Pink Floyd, their music is a breath of fresh air. Similar, in a sense, to when the Band was putting out music that didn’t sound like any of their contemporaries. But it wasn’t all guitar rock. On a gospel-tinged tune the guitars were replaced with an organ, piano and the audience enthusiastically clapping along.

The band seemed as pleased with the crowd as the crowd was pleased with them. Petter took time to address the audience, pointing out “the guy who traveled the farthest to be here. From South America!” And before the last song, he said, “If you want a track to dance to, this is probably it.” No doubt, he was right. Alberta Cross opens for Gomez at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, April 3rd. Do your best to check them out. —R. Zizmor