Petter Ericson Stakee and his band Alberta Cross are the midst of a major change, in 2013 co-founding member Terry Wolfers left the band, leaving the songwriting process up to Stakee alone. He’s spent the last two years working a self-titled album that is the culmination of everything Stakee has learned about making music during his career.
“This is the first time I've done everything myself,” says Stakee of the album. “It kind of brought it back to where I'd started. I'm excited now because I've taken it back. I made this record. I produced it with my friend, Claudius Mittendorfer. I wrote all the songs. It's a fresh start for me. That's why it's self-titled.”
Stakee unapologetically stands behind everything on this album “This is soulful, untouched music coming purely from the artist,” he says. “They can love it or hate it, but at least they can't complain that I've been changed by anyone. This is what I want to do. I made my record. No one told me to make it this way. I'm 100 percent responsible for it. Take it or leave it. But, I love you for listening to it.”
With the album due out on October 16th, Stakee is already hitting the road to spread the word about the new album and get fans in the mood to hear his new “solo” material. Stakee and the current Alberta Cross line up will be sharing the stage with Heartless Bastards on their fall tour.
Alberta Cross plays the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, September 18th at 8pm Tickets $18 available via TicketMaster