Alberta Cross


When you’ve spent most of your life on the move, hopping from one country to another, tour to tour, city to city, bar to bed, bed to bus, what happens when you finally stop? It’s a theme that weaves its way through Sinking Ships, the excellent seventh record by Alberta Cross. The band, based around lead singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, explored the idea of years spent in transit on 2020’s What Are We Frightened Of?. That record was a creative reset that saw Stakee enter into a fruitful songwriting partnership with producer Luke Potashnick. Alberta Cross embarked on high-profile jaunts with Mumford & Sons, Portugal. The Man, Neil Young, Them Crooked Vultures (Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones), and Rag N’ Bone Man and performed on distinguished TV shows around the globe, appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly and more, whilst their tracks were featured on hit TV shows such as Million Little Pieces, Sons Of Anarchy and Californication. The group was formed by Swedish native Stakee and his London pal Terry Wolfers way back in the folk-rock land grab of the mid-00s when waistcoats were in fashion and the banjo industry was booming. There was something different about this duo, though, their anthemic Americana-tinged songs possessing a vulnerability and earthiness, and it soon showed in how hugely their debut record The Thief & The Heartbreaker began to connect.