Alpine Addresses First World Problems With Their New Album ‘Yuck’
On the process of writing Alpine‘s second album, singer Lou James told Galore, “The process was a dream and we love what we’ve created”. Not bad for an album titled Yuck, which is said to address first world problems such as awkward dates, a distaste for romance, foolish attraction and ego against egos. Musically, inspiration came from the desire to push the “pop” genre to new and often weird places and Alpine spent a year writing their sophomore record. Lou says the new work feels like Alpine generation 2.0, but even now, while listening to it, he feels nostalgic for the writing process. While on the topic of nostalgia, here’s Alpine’s first, favorites, and nod to what hasn’t changed over time.
4 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME: St. Vincent’s St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom’s Have One on Me, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, and Roxy Music’s Roxy Music.
“The more comfortable I become with my identity, the more I crave clothes to match it.”
5 THINGS THAT MAKES ALPINE SOUND LIKE ALPINE: Fearlessness, female harmonies, 90s R&B, a love for pop music, with an appreciation for experimenting. So lots of fearlessness.
FASHION AT 10 YEARS OLD: I was a total dork, and not much has changed. I wear what I want instead of following fashion trends—I set my own trend! As I got older I fell in love with color and became attracted to fabrics that have an interesting texture. The more comfortable I become with my identity, the more I crave clothes to match it.
CONCERTS AT 15 YEARS OLD: I didn’t have a fake ID until I was 17, so I couldn’t go to most of the venues I wanted to. Instead, I would watch lots of live music DVDs. I fell in love with a Led Zeppelin live DVD, so I’d watch that over and over again and try to imagine myself in the crowd, cheering on the mystical legends of Zeppelin.
September 22 /// West Hollywood, CA ///Troubadour
September 23 /// San Diego, CA ///The Casbah
September 25 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Kilby Court
September 27 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Riot Room
September 29 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Triple Rock
September 30 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall
October 2 /// St. Louis, MO /// Firebird
October 3 /// Indianapolis, IN /// The HiFi
October 6 /// Detroit, MI /// The Shelter
October 7 /// Toronto, CA /// The Garrison
October 8 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Mr. Smalls
October 9 /// Buffalo, NY /// The Waiting Room
October 10 /// Rochester, NY /// Anthology
October 14 /// Washington, DC /// U Street Music Hall
October 15 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Boot & Saddle
October 17 /// Boston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
October 20 /// New York, NY /// Bowery Ballroom