A couple of bands looking to breakthrough to the U.S. mainstream are the European quintet The Crystal Fighters and the Australian sextet Alpine. Both bands released their albums back in May and have been featured in recent magazines and on television.
The Crystal Fighters' music on their new album "Cave Rave" rely heavily on club beats combined with a list of instruments including guitars, ukuleles, charango, txalaparta and txistu. Their sound is huge and welcoming on the opening song "Waves" as the beat moves you. They add a Latin flair to the rhythm of "LA Calling" and have fun with the island groove of "You & I." The Crystal Fighters show that they are not just about creating dance beats as they show-off their songwriting on the acoustic strumming of "No Man." The highlight of the album is the up-lifting sounds of "Bridge Of Bones" before the band returns to the fun Jamaican beats of "Love Natural." The album closes with the synthesizer-fueled "Everywhere."
The Crystal Fighters will be heading out on the road in November, touring around the U.K. To find out more about this this band, please visit crystalfighters.com.
Newcomers, Alpine are beginning their quest to take over the world with their debut album "A Is For Alpine." The band was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the band's to watch in 2013 and their album has already caught the attention of their home country of Australia. Their music also experiments with dance beats and electronics as they fit into the club scene with "Lovers Pt 1 & 2" and "Hands." Their music also carries an eighties underline beat with an updated alternative pop appeal as heard in "Gasoline" and "Too Safe." They find a rock groove with "In The Wild," before closing the album with the pop beats of "Multiplication."
Alpine will be hitting the road at the end of September, playing half-a-dozen dates in their home country of Australia. For more information, please visit alpineband.com.