by Alta

  • Alta - Places VINYL
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Huge slabs of raw emotion played out through instruments that are played so hard they sound like they are at the point of breaking! ALTA's new record gives you everything. 10 seconds in and we swear you'll be hooked. A Beautiful production captures ALTA's controlled chaos perfectly. Guitar tapping, massive riffs, ruthless times sigs, gang vocals, screamy vocals, soundscapes, vocals dripping with honestly and passion. You can visualise the band sweating in a small room giving it their all as you listen to this record. Its better to just listen to the record. YOU WILL LOVE IT. ALTA are not messing around. A total DIY punk rock ethic, This is post hardcore,post punk, post whatever - perfection! Honest music played how it should be. No posers here.

The headlines must write themselves: “Alta-ed Perceptions”, “F-Alta Lines” and so on. A snappy name is a gift from the Gods for the rushed hack. Problems may arise when the music contained within demands the attention and does the talking more than a cheap pun ever could.

The Milwaukee post-hardcore outfit are a group that mixes dizzying intricacy, speed and bewildering noise to great effect. Their appearance on Liverpool-based EDiLS Recordings’ fourth (and best?) compilation granted them access to a city and a nation always keen to embrace and accept the latest sounds.

From the off, ‘Winter/Mute’ with its needling feedback giving way to the bass-driven swell, Places is not shy to have a go at…well, almost anything. Wilfully obstructive song titles (‘Merry New Year’, ‘+ -‘) belie the range of emotions on offer, but the device works insomuch as it succeeds in not giving the game away. ‘Ocean Liners’ deadening assumption that “things, they stay the same” states that underneath the trickery, they’re just telling it like it is.

One of Places’ more prominent virtues is its overall sense of fragility. The instrumentation may front and pulverise, but the raw production and relentless pace threatens to unravel at any second. Hearing the vocals nearly break down completely under stress during ‘Dakota’ is a prime example of this.

Alta are a band that offer an unspoken agreement that it’s better to burn out than to fade away. If they come and go in the blink of an eye, then records like Places should be sought after keenly.

Words by Joseph Viney


released February 3, 2013

artwork by Jackie Stephan

recorded by Shane Hochstetler @ Howl Street Studios
mastered by Carl Saff



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Track Name: Winter-Mute
why do we pay for gifts?
Unfortunate fucking myths
running tired from day to day
how do we stay?
my woes will weep
lyrics will fucking bleed
our family’s no longer know
our intensions grow
how do I, renew time?
our woes will weep//

remember when
we spent the day
searching for sky’s

searching finding nothing//
it must be hard to speak when all the things we say aren’t true
just laughing, it’s who we are
Track Name: Ocean Liners
ocean waves, you went away
some other place
miles and days, salt from the grey
some other plane//

oh how quickly things they seem to stay
oh how quickly things they stay the same
oh how quickly things they seem to change//

things, they stay the same
Track Name: Dakota
makeshift alarms
motors in cars
mechanical smiles//

jungle of arms//
maps are no use
we're to lost to find
a canvas of grey//

a handshake good bye
a billboard of bombs
where is this place
the beauty beneath
such ugly cascades
we invent gods
a free form of thought
the savior we taught
is coming a lie//

deep in our hearts, hold on my friends

this place is reversed, an ocean of hurt
Track Name: Ray
go, we'll never move on.
Track Name: Merry New Year
It’s for us//

You forced us//

Examine everything, who’s it for?//

Taking advantage of what we have
Don’t we know that choice is wrong?
Track Name: + -
The others must be wrong
Declaring the same songs
They swept your hope now it’s gone
Now tell me to hold on//

Our haste subtracts restored lost acts//

We all
Stay True
We’re Through//

They’re Wrong
Track Name: Sorting Rooms
Why did we fall victim to hands that take and refuse to give back?
Retracing our steps but finding no self worth
We took advantage of all that was in our name
And we’re taking blame
Now we consider wealth our last option?//

I can change, I can’t change.
Pictures hang, further once renamed//

Can’t we see that our emotions act quickly?
We all know//

Images are hung in a gallery of worthless possessions.
We never learned from our past endeavors