Alpine (band)

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This article is about the Australian band. For the UK duo, see Alpines.
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
Years active 2009–present
Labels Ivy League Records, Votiv Records
Members Phoebe Baker
Lou James
Christian O'Brien
Bryan Brown
Tim Royall
Phil Tucker

Alpine are an Australian indie pop band from Melbourne, Victoria. Forming in 2009, they 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 Zurich in 2010,[1] and their debut album A Is for Alpine in Australia in 2012[2] and in the US in 2013.[3] The album was featured on Triple J prior to its release,[4] and debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes chart[5] and #11 on the ARIA chart.[6][7]

The album's second single, "Gasoline," was released in July 2012. It reached #31 in the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100,[8] and was described by Pitchfork Media as an "unforgettably light and charismatic gem."[9]

Alpine were nominated for "Best Breakthrough Artist - Release" and "Best Video" (for "Hands") at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards.[10] 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!.[11]

Rolling Stone magazine called Alpine a "Band to Watch" in July 2013,[12] and they have been touted similarly by Guardian,[13] Time[14] and Vice magazines,[15] and influential radio programs KCRW[16] and NPR's All Songs Considered.[17]


  • Zurich EP (2010, Ivy League)
  • A Is for Alpine (2012, Ivy League)

Band members[edit]

  • Phoebe Baker – vocals
  • Lou James – vocals, percussion
  • Christian O'Brien – guitar
  • Ryan Lamb – bass
  • Tim Royall – keyboards, guitar, percussion
  • Phil Tucker – drums


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