The Albertans

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04/29/2009 1:30 AM |

Oooh, an L Magazine “8 Bands You Need to Hear” first! The Albertans is the relatively new project from Joel Bravo, a name you might remember from the first ever installment of this feature, when one of our chosen few was Bravo Silva, a band in which Bravo featured prominently, alongside Henry Silva. They wrote impeccable pop songs that were smart, upbeat and slyly danceable, and we were in love. Then they broke up. We’re pleased to inform you, though, that we have all but forgotten about them, thanks to the new material Bravo’s churning out as part of the Albertans. They remain rooted in the ways of pop music, but nothing ever quite jumps out and bashes you over the head. The guitars are gentle and often sparse, melodically rich and warm in tone. They’re joined by drums, bass, two keyboards, various percussion, and, of course, Bravo’s delicate, quirky vocals (think Dan Bejar), which happily sit high in the mix. They’ve got a new record coming out in June, and if we were putting money on it, we’d say you’ll be hearing an awful lot about it.

When did the band form?
May 2008.

Where was your first NYC show?
Glasslands Gallery.

What’s the most/least you’ve ever been paid for a local show?
The least was zero dollars, and the most was somewhere between $200 and $400.

For what NYC band would you sacrifice your spot on this list? Must name one, lest you seem selfish.
SyLVie and BruNO.

Is there a current trend in the NYC music scene which you find particularly irritating? One you find inspiring or meaningful?
I like that Williamsburg and Bushwick are continuing to thrive musically, in any and all ways.

Assuming you all work day jobs, how does it affect the band’s ability to tour and record?
We work in bursts, and try to tour as much as possible.

Do you ever consider moving the band to another city?
Since we formed, we’ve spent much time in Vancouver. It’s a little harrowing, but 4/5 of the band is originally from Canada. And Canada is a very supportive place to play music.

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