Indie rock outfit Alberta Cross released the new single ‘Mercy’ that comes off the forthcoming album. The track was written at the legendary The Wool Hall in Frome Somerset with Petter’s long term producer and collaborator, Luke Potashnick.
“Mercy is about just never being able to catch a break and that life can sometimes end up feeling like a broken record,” reflects Petter, who is now living permanently back in the UK after several nomadic years that included chapters in New York, LA and Berlin. “It’s also about when we spiral and watch those around us be affected by it.”
Alberta Cross have toured with Mumford & Sons, Portugal. The Man, Neil Young, Them Crooked Vultures (David Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones) and Rag N’ Bone Man, performed on TV as well as on The Late Show with David Letterman and Last Call with Carson Daly – had tracks featured in multiple US hit TV series (Million Little Pieces, Sons of Anarchy, Californication) and released six previous albums.
“I remember running around the streets of my best friend’s neighborhood after midnight, skipping around from friend to friend’s house. I remember rushing to my friend’s house after school to rehearse our new songs in his garage. I remember driving around town after the sun went down just because we could. You make so many memories in those formative years. You never think to yourself, ‘this won’t last forever,’ but then you grow. It happens slow – years go by, and seasons change. That’s just life. If you’re lucky, some of those people stick around. But for a lot of us, you’re left asking, ‘Why don’t we talk anymore?’ That’s what this song is to us.” – joan explained.
The twosome is known for creating expansive pop music from inside their bedrooms in deepest Middle America. They’ve garnered over 120 million streams and played sold out shows across the globe including headlining 15,000+ capacity venues in Asia, performing alongside Jeremy Zucker, COIN, Bloc Party and The Aces.
“We make ‘L.A. Folk’,” says Lauren. “If you go to Oregon, Tennessee, or Texas, the genre sounds different. This is what folk would sound like in Los Angeles, because of the production and the hooks.”
The group first made waves with their independent debut single “Vagabond”, leading up to the 2018 Lace & Layers EP. Averaging 900k monthly listeners on Spotify, the band garnered 50 million cumulative streams by 2020. They supported acts like Ingrid Michaelson and Spill Canvas on the road. They also launched a successful headline tour and performed Bottlerock Festival and SXSW. Their music appeared on Life Itself, The Dangerous Book For Boys, Little Italy, ABC’s Million Little Things, Teen Mom, Legacies, Workin’ Moms, and Goosebumps as well as campaigns for Mazda, Pepsi and Nintendo Switch
“‘Hey!’ is all about not wanting to mess up a good thing. As we were writing it we drew from not only romantic relationships but our friendship with each other. Ultimately the lyrics are all about faking it til you make it. It really came together once we finished the chorus, as we listened back we left the mic on and it captured us screaming the song together in the studio. It really captured the energy of the song and its message of enjoying the good thing while it’s happening.”
Singer songwriter Amanda Melmed releases the new song The Suitcase. You’ll love if you like bedroom pop with a blend of folk and country. The 19 year old who hails from MA is now based in NYC, and is influenced by Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, and Sara Bareilles
“The Suitcase is easily one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and that means the most to me. That being said, it took me the longest to write. I was so stuck in this place of sadness, loneliness, regret, etc. It was one of those times where I felt too much to even try putting it on paper, because I didn’t even know where to begin. So I started with a story that wasn’t my own, and the rest came naturally. Even now, I still feel those feelings. But having gotten the chance, along with the help of so many others, to make this song what it’s become for me has been the best possible heartbreak” – Amanda Melmed