The Alpine Camp
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The Alpine Camp

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"CD Review: The Alpine Camp “Adventure”"

The Culver City-based band The Alpine Camp came together as an experiment to see if a band could be created using only roots instruments, instruments that include banjos, steel guitars and others that are more often used to create Country or Bluegrass music. Once band founders and main songwriters Chris Bell and Charles Etienne settled on their style, others were brought in to fill out the band’s sound. Along with Bell on guitar and vocals and Etienne on piano and vocals, the rest of the band consists of bassist Jeff Stella, drummer Shad Wilhelm, Bob Hamilton on banjo and Jamison Hollister on pedal steel. Together, The Alpine Camp creates a sound that brings to mind artists like Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, even The Grateful Dead. This musical blend of Americana can be found on The Alpine Camp’s newly-released two-song EP called Adventure.

The first track on the two-song release from The Alpine Camp is the song entitled “Regrets of a Mountaineer”. The track leads off the two tracks with a sound that features a quick-tempo feel to the music. On this track, the band takes a strong beat and combines it with a country-flavored sound. The combination brings to mind a style that will remind some of something from The Doobie Brothers but with a lot more twang to it. The track is one of the rare instances where a song features the entire ensemble as each of the musicians adds an equal amount of influence to the music. As strong as the main part of the song is, once the band hits the refrain of the song, the track picks up a lot of energy. The resulting feel of the music during the refrain of the song will make the listener pay close attention. The track is definitely a song that could get the band a lot of exposure.

The second track to be included on the Adventure EP from The Alpine Camp is “Seven Miles”. Where the song “Regrets of a Mountaineer” finds the band creating a fast-paced track with a lot of energy, the band slows things down quite a bit with the song “Seven Miles”. The country/rock feel of the piece brings to mind the playing and writing style of a certain Rock And Roll Hall of Famer. As The Alpine Camp and their music would fall into the same musical category of singer-songwriter Leon Russell, it should not come as much of a surprise that the track of “Seven Miles” appears to contain more than just a little influence from Russell in the songwriting and the instrumentation on the track. Aside from the writing of the track itself, the biggest indications of the Russell influence is in the use of banjo on the track, as well as the way the guitar sounds within the track.

The Adventure EP, the newest release to come from The Alpine Camp, ends up being a quick two-song release that will give the listener the opportunity to hear two different styles of writing from the band in a very short amount of time. And while the two tracks that appear on the release have very different styles and sounds to the music, it is the quality of the music produced by the band on those two tracks still indicates the talent of all involved. If you are a fan of bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, even Leon Russell, The Alpine Camp is one band that should be added to your musical library. And good place to start is with their EP called Adventure. - Matheson Kamin


"The Alpine Camp | Parents / $400 Millionaire"

The Alpine Camp is an act that has made a soulful, funky, folksy track that is urban, backwoods, and catchy as all hell in Parents. The act defies definition, with the distinctive vocals in Parents highlighted by a guitar and drum duality that makes the track pop.

$400 Millionaire is a radio-ready track that is punchy and builds off of the vocals of Aloe Blacc and Lenny Kravitz; the instrumental dynamic makes for an intricate effort that will stand up to repeat listens. The ability of The Alpine Camp to create these thoughtful composition bodes well for the act’s future.

Rating: 8.7/10 - NEUFUTUR Magazine


"The Alpine Camp - six pack"

alpine camp is a californian roots-inflected americana rock band...stompin' beats, plucking banjos and wailing pedal steel provide a backdrop for catchy, straightforward songwriting with populist appeal. definitely one of those contributions that falls into the beer-drinkin', field dancin' category.

it's good-time party music, but alpine camp isn't afraid to stretch a jam, or pull a heart-string. some of the group vocal arrangements are quite complex as well. check out the sampler 'six pack', below. - the modern folk music of america


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"The instrumental dynamic makes for an intricate effort that will stand up to repeat listens. The ability of The Alpine Camp to create these thoughtful composition bodes well for the act’s future."

- NEUFUTUR Magazine

"If you are a fan of bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, even Leon Russell, The Alpine Camp is one band that should be added to your musical library. Rating: ***** (five stars)"

- Matheson Kamin of the Rock & Roll Report

“They’ve come with two serious contenders for Americana song of the year”
– Here Comes The Flood

The Alpine Camp is an endeavor that started as a musical challenge and blossomed into a larger obsession. Sounds of the outdoors channeled through live instrumentation were the parameters the band placed upon themselves. “We wanted to transmit the vibe of rock music through the medium typically used in folk, bluegrass and country bands”, says singer/guitarist Chris Bell. Charles Etienne (Singer/keyboards) continues, “It was important to me that the songs stood on their own, and weren’t simply a result of processing or gadgetry in the studio”.

The resulting EP achieved this goal and in doing so, inspired Charles and Chris to create it’s namesake band; The Alpine Camp. The group is anchored by the songwriting partnership of Bell and Etienne whose childhood friendship has developed the two into lifelong musical companions. “It was important that we not only utilized masterful players, but ones that appreciated the songs we had written and wanted to grow with the band. As soon as I heard the first banjo pluck in the studio, I knew this was much more than a one off project”, recalls Bell. The additional musicians in the group provide both deft playing as well as attention to the song craft that have had audiences dancing, drinking and humming tunes on their way home.

Folks in The Alpine Camp have performed with members of The Black Crowes, The Allman Bros. Band, Gov’t Mule, Guster, Roberta Flack, the Derek Trucks Band and more. The band has quickly found fans of their signature “Roots Rock for the Outdoors”, playing at some of the most noted venues in the Southwest. Their emphasis on the live show is evident in the most recent addition to their live performance series; “Live from the Trail – Los Angeles”, recorded at the acclaimed The Mint LA. The group stands poised for a groundbreaking 2015, so get to a show and make camp…The Alpine Way!

Chris Bell – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Etienne – Keyboards/Vocals
Jeff Stella – Bass/Vocals
Shad Wilhelm – Drums
Bob Hamilton – Banjo
Jamison Hollister – Pedal Steel

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