Alpine (band)

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This article is about the Australian band. For the UK duo, see Alpines.
Alpine
Alpine performing at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Brisbane, Australia on 1 Feb 2013.jpg
Alpine performing at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Brisbane, 1 February 2013
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Indie pop, alternative dance
Years active 2009–present
Labels Ivy League Records, Votiv Records
Website http://www.alpineband.com
Members Phoebe Baker
Lou James
Christian O'Brien
Bryan Brown
Tim Royall
Phil Tucker

Alpine are an Australian indie pop band from Melbourne, Victoria, formed in 2009.

History[edit]

The band were originally known as Swiss before deciding to change their name on account of a similar-sounding Australian band, The Swiss. As Alpine, they released their debut EP, Zürich, in 2010.[1]

Preceded by the "Hands" single in late 2011,[2] their debut album, A Is for Alpine, was released in Australia in 2012[3] and in the US in 2013.[4] The album was featured on Triple J prior to its release,[5] and debuted at No. 1 on the Australian iTunes chart[6] and No. 11 on the ARIA chart.[7][8]

The album's second single, "Gasoline," was released in July 2012. It reached No. 31 in the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100,[9] and was described by Pitchfork as an "unforgettably light and charismatic gem."[10]

Alpine were nominated for "Best Breakthrough Artist - Release" and "Best Video" (for "Hands") at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards.[11] They toured the United States in March 2013, playing shows in Los Angeles and New York, and in September made their US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[12] At the APRA Music Awards of 2013, the band members were nominated for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year.[13]

Rolling Stone magazine called Alpine a "Band to Watch" in July 2013,[14] and they have been touted similarly by Guardian,[15] Time[16] and Vice magazines,[17] and influential radio programs KCRW[18] and NPR's All Songs Considered.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • A Is for Alpine (2012, Ivy League)
  • Yuck (2015, Ivy League)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Zürich EP (2010, Ivy League)
  • "Hands" single (2011, Ivy League)
  • "Gasoline" single (2012, Ivy League)

Band members[edit]

  • Phoebe Baker — vocals, guitar, keyboards (2009-present)
  • Lou James — vocals, percussion (2009-present)
  • Christian O'Brien — guitar (2009-present)
  • Ryan Lamb — bass (2009-present)
  • Tim Royall — keyboards, guitar, percussion (2009-present)
  • Phil Tucker — drums, percussion (2009-present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ iTunes - Music - Zurich by Alpine Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13219-hands/
  3. ^ AllMusic: A Is For Alpine Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ VOTIV: Alpine Makes U.S. Debut Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. ^ A Is For Alpine: triple j music reviews Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  6. ^ iTunesCharts.net: 'A Is For Alpine' by Alpine Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  7. ^ ARIA Australia Top 50 Albums | Australia's Official Top 50 Albums - ARIA Charts Retrieved 22 March 2013
  8. ^ Sapphires Reach ARIA Chart Summit As Alpine Debut At 11 ♫ Latest news at theMusic.com.au Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ 40-21 | Hottest 100 - 2012 | triple j Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  10. ^ Alpine: "Gasoline" | Tracks | Pitchfork" Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  11. ^ Winners By Year - 27th ARIA Awards 2013 Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  12. ^ Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Bill Hader, Richard Simmons, Alpine Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Band to Watch: Alpine - Video | Rolling Stone Retrieved 11 November 2013
  15. ^ New band of the day – No 1,161: Alpine | Music | theguardian.co.uk Retrieved on 11 November 2013
  16. ^ Band to Watch: Alpine | TIME.com Retrieved on 11 November 2013.
  17. ^ Alpine’s Guide to Touring | NOISEY Retrieved on 11 November 2013
  18. ^ Alpine: Artist You Should Know | KCRW Music Blog Retrieved on 11 November 2013.
  19. ^ New Music: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, More : All Songs Considered : NPR Retrieved November 2013.

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