Alberta Cross stopped by their adopted hometown of Brooklyn this past Monday night, as they kicked off their North American tour with Heartless Bastards, in support of their upcoming self-titled album, available in October. Petter Ericson Stakee and friends graced the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the Beasts were out to welcome them. It was a packed house with a friendly vibe and the sentimental tunes had us all on the same wave.
Stackee is a humble giant on stage, and his live set is a masterful display of musicianship. His alternative Euro rock-ness is complimented by the eclectic styles of a pedal steel, a french horn, mandolin, and heavy bass. The songs off the upcoming album are sure to tap into the manifold of music tastes in your heads. Even with some minor technical difficulties mid-set, the crowd had plenty of love and energy to bounce back at the band.
A personal highlight was when they brought it back to the early days with a toned-down yet still heavy rendition of “Low Man,” off their very first release The Thief and The Heartbreaker from 2007. It’s been quite a ride for Alberta Cross. I first heard of them through Last Call with Carson Daly back in 2010. Only three years prior, Stackee (originally from Sweden) met his musical counterpart Terry Wolfers at a bar in northeast London. One year later, they were officially calling Brooklyn home, and we’re happy to see them back around. Unfortunately, It won’t be for long.
Make sure to check out a set when they pass through your town. These guys are true working musicians, and will be on the road all across the country and in parts of Canada (eh), for the rest of September. You won’t regret this unique blend of soul and independent rock and roll. You can find all the tour dates here!