6 September 2011
ALPINE: // (say ‘alpuyn)
1. of or relating to any lofty mountain.
2. very high; elevated
Cramming six people into a small bathroom is quite a challenge on the best of days. Add into the mix a keyboard, two guitars, percussion, a bunch of microphones, and a camera and things get cosy quite quickly.
On a cold Melbourne evening, after having our initial shoot location double booked, we were forced to improvise and decided to cram the 6 piece Melbourne indie-pop sensations into Eliza’s very small, very normal bathroom. What was to transpire was however, far from normal. Alpine delivered a stunning performance which had all of those things that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Their song “Villages” (which recently reached over 100,000 views on YouTube) echoed down the hallway to the kitchen where I was monitoring the recording and the intertwining vocals of Phoebe and Lou sucked me in immediately.
This was the first time I’d had the pleasure of seeing Alpine in the flesh, and they certainly lived up to the praise that I’d heard for them around town.
They definitely left all of us at Large Noises feeling very high; elevated, but I’d like to add another definition of my own…..
3. Must see, indie pop-genius from Melbourne.
Check them out on Facebook and get lofty!
Words by Jono Steer.