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Alpine will embark on an extensive U.S. tour this fall with Joywave, including a stop in Indianapolis. The band, who is currently touring Australia, continue to celebrate the release of their sophomore LP “Yuck.”
Recently, the band was featured on NPR Weekend Edition. In addition, the videos for “Damn Baby” and lead single “Foolish” are out now.
Lyrically, the new album sees the band exploring their “yuck” reactions to “first world problems”— awkward dates, a distaste for romance, lust when lust was lost, plastic vanity, foolish attraction and ego against egos. Musically, inspiration came from the desire to push the “pop” genre to new and often weird places. Christian O’Brien (guitarist and co-producer of the album) notes, “Most of the music of the songs came from a textural or harmonic idea that I was curious about. I wanted to see if certain things would work in a pop song.”
“Yuck” was recorded in Melbourne at MOOF studios. The band joined forces with “A Is for Alpine” producer and collaborator Dann Hume, who produced the record alongside O’Brien. Of working with Hume a second time around, Lou James (vocals) explains, “He’s practically a brother from another mother. We already formed a solid foundation with him. He knew how we individually wrote in the studio, and I could tell he made sure he got the best out of each of us.”
Alpine is Phoebe Baker and Lou James (dual vocals), Christian O’Brien (guitar), Ryan Lamb (bass), Tim Royall (keys) and Phil Tucker (drums). Since forming, Alpine have toured internationally, including sold out shows, festival appearances, and playing alongside acts such as Grouplove and Empire of the Sun.
Alpine will be at the Hi-Fi in Indianapolis on Oct. 3.