Alpines

Alpines

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“Alpines' strong arrangements, soaring melodies and intelligent lyrics are sure to appeal to fans of Keane, Morrissey, early U2, Coldplay, Crowded House and Tommy Keene. Clearly a band to look out for in 2007” Rob Farrish, WESU 88.1 FM

Biography

"All songs are cliches" proclaims Alpines singer/songwriter Jon Ericson on the band's debut EP Strange Company. The irony here though is that although Alpines' Brit-pop influences are not difficult to detect, the band never resorts to cliches. Ericson takes a more subtle approach with his songwriting rather than trying to hit the listener over the head with quick, catchy hooks. So if the current state of catch-phrase songwriting that seems to be monopolizing the mainstream airwaves is getting on your nerves (like it is mine) then Strange Company is certainly worth a listen. It is the sort of album whose songs are enjoyable on the first listen but become more appealing and compelling with repeated listens.

While Ericson is the band's main songwriter, this album certainly has the feel of a full band effort. Much in the same way Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland left their trademark playing on Sting's best songs, the other members of Alpines flavor Ericson's songs with some very strong performances.

The band's rhythm section (drummer Dave Zerio and bassist Rich Nowak) provide a solid, tight foundation for the songs with Zerio's drumming often recalling Manu Katche's work with Peter Gabriel. Guitarist Rich DeVito shines as well. Rather than trying to monopolize the sound with in-your-face solos or heavy power chords, DeVito's guitar work provides a good melodic counterpoint to Ericson's melodies.

Although this Connecticut band has yet to strike a major label deal, the sound of their independent debut is quite polished. Alpines' strong arrangements, soaring melodies and intelligent lyrics are sure to appeal to fans of Keane, Morrissey, early U2, Coldplay, Crowded House and Tommy Keene. Clearly a band to look out for in 2007.

::Rob Farrish, WESU 88.1 FM::

Lyrics

Brittle Sails

Written By: Jonathan Ericson

A shell so shocked I can barely walk around
The blood red tape and model squares you imitate

I can do neither harm nor good
If looks can kill I will lie here perfectly still
Maybe I can blend in with the crowd
In the thrill of getting nowhere
We have some tedious forms for you to sign

I’m quite uptight and tethered to the rails
Emboldened by a bitter wind in brittle sails

If looks can kill...

Get back, get back man
To where we could have been well that’s
Nursing foolish hopes on spoiled milk

In the thrill of getting nowhere
I'm harvesting my gray hairs
And peddling them for bus fares
But they have some tedious forms for me to sign

And I can do neither harm nor good

© 2005 Jonathan Ericson. All Rights Reserved.

Strange Company

Written By: Jonathan Ericson

Shivering soldiers forbidden to speak
We bend our allegiance and slowly retreat
Your underlings returning

Reasons for treason have untied our bitter tongues
When your trial comes
We heroes unsung
Will lock you up and swallow the keys

Your majesty, the travesty is
You're drowning us in lollies and rust
Your company of strangers so lovely
Look down on us, who are we to trust?

We speak daggers though we use none

Your majesty, the travesty is
You're drowning us in lollies and rust
Your company of strangers so lovely
Look down on us
Children of dust

© 2006 Jonathan Ericson. All Rights Reserved.

Noblesse Oblige

Written By: Jonathan Ericson

Jumped in to swim with morning tea leaves
They whispered steam
Climbed out to dry out on your magazine
Your glossy altarpiece

Everyone is selling something
Don’t believe me, don't believe me
Never spending, never lending out
Their spare change, their spare change

Tunneled and bored deep into your handbag
The smallest thief
Nail files and armies of indentured keys
Sharper than shark’s teeth

Everyone is selling something
Don’t believe me, don't believe me
Never spending, never lending out
Their spare change, their spare change

I don’t mind all of the time

Everyone is selling something
Don’t believe me, don't believe me
Never spending, never lending out
Your spare change, your spare change

Back then you wore your noblesse oblige on Silver sleeves
At the first sign of danger do hide your tail between your knees?

© 2005 Jonathan Ericson. All Rights Reserved.

Discography

Strange Company EP 2006

Set List

Burial at Sea
Strange Company
Brittle Sails
Noblesse Oblige
Snow
The Professor
Archives
Hawthorne Downs
A Lost Cause
Everest
She Follows
My Darling Aries
Polar Sunshine

*Note to Coffeehouses: We also enjoy playing a very lively acoustic set in more intimate venues.

*We are an original band, but we are also capable of playing a 2.5 hour set that includes covers of songs by Radiohead, Oasis, The Beatles, Doves, America, The Cure, My Morning Jacket, U2, Pink Floyd, and many others.