Posted June 26, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Alberta Cross Addresses Issues of Identity on New Album

Alberta Cross photo by Sergej Falk
Alberta Cross photo by Sergej Falk

Led by Swedish-born lead singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, indie rockers Alberta Cross have returned with What Are We Frightened Of?, an album about “travel and transit.”

It recounts how Stakee’s life has been marked by moving homes from Sweden to London, from Brooklyn to Berlin and then back to London as well as years of extensive touring. On a deeper level, it addresses an “abiding physical and spiritual displacement, a sense of haunting a place rather than living in it.”

“Having been in transit almost my whole life — this record is, essentially, about connection and longing,” says Stakee in a press release. “It’s about trying to find out who we really are and where we truly belong in this world and then trying to understand how those we love most fit into that equation and ultimately asking; are we good enough for them?”

The first single from the album, “Find A Home Out There,” was featured in the TV show A Million Little Things, and band played a sold out  London show at Omeara just prior to lockdown.

A photo shoot with art director Atelier Kazimir (Bon Iver, etc.) and photographer Julien Bourgeois and conceived by Alberta Cross and London based independent filmmaker Zoe Beck inspired the videos for “Find a Home Out There” and the new single “Without.” They were shot primarily at night in negative across various locations in New York, Brooklyn, Berlin and London – mostly from the wheel of her 1970 Buick Electra 225. 

To date, the band has released five albums, and tracks have been featured on Californication, Longmire, Sons of Anarchy and Dirty Sexy Money. T

Throughout last year, the band toured with Rag N’ Bone Man.

Photo credit: Sergej Falk


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