Being in a globe trotting band is no easy task-- one day you're in New York, the next in London, and next week you're going to be somewhere in Scandinavia. But, hey, that's the life, and it's a life that Alberta Cross
singer Petter Erickson Stakee has always had and one that he thoroughly enjoys. "I want to put out a record and tour for twenty five years," he said.
Stakee was thrown into music from birth. His father was a musician. His brother was a musician. His sister was somehow in to Britney Spears. "We'd be like, 'what the f*ck is this?'" he said laughing. "My sister was completely turned off."
But pop divas aside, Stakee's growth as a musician began from the get-go. "My brother had the studio in the garage," he said. Having a studio in a house full of musicians was obviously a heavy influence. "My dad is more bluesy folk-y and my brother was into a lot of Depeche Mode," he said. "Music has always been around my whole and my passion since I was a kid."
The passion has carried over into adulthood. Alberta Cross recently released a new EP, Rolling Thunder
, that they sold on the road while playing with Portugal. The Man. They are also planning on releasing a new full-length early next year. "I've been writing two million songs," Stakee said. "I want put out more music than an album. People should expect a lot of music from us."
And people have expected a lot of Alberta Cross from the beginning. Their first EP garnered critical success with many comparing the band's sound to Neil Young and The Band. It's a big comparison to take on one's shoulders, but it's not something Stakee necessarily wants to live up to. "It was quite rootsy but we've evolved," he said. "I don't want to sound retro."
However fans or the band view the comparisons, it undoubtedly helped to promote their recordings. Opening up for Birt-rock legends Oasis on an arena tour was one of the first tours that the band ever booked. "We were blown away by Noel Gallagher reaching out to us. He is holy in England," Stakee said. "You see him on the cover of magazines and all of a sudden he calls you." But despite getting called up to the big leagues by Oasis, Stakee remained calm, something he says is important no matter what. "You can't be scared of what you're doing. I'm doing my shit, don't f*ck with me. You can't be scared."
"We've been lucky touring with bands. It's the pay off for a lot of hard fucking work," Stakee goes on to say when discussing the opportunities to play with the bands that he has in the past. And the hard work will continue for Alberta Cross as the release date for their next full length album looms in the distance. "I want to record more music," Stakee already said. Here's to hoping those ambitions come to pass.
Check out Alberta Cross getting their start at the FADER Sideshow in 2007, and check out a mixtape the band recently curated for us.