The Alpine Camp was simply a challenge to translate nature’s sounds into music without any fancy gadgetry or studio over-processing but has since turned into something of an obsession for this crew of energetic and creative musicians.
The Alpine Camp is a californian roots-inflected americana rock band…stompin’ beats, plucking banjos and wailing pedal steel provide a backdrop for catchy, straightforward songwriting with populist appeal. definitely one of those contributions that falls into the beer-drinkin’, field dancin’ category.
The Alpine Camp is an act that has made a soulful, funky, folksy track that is urban, backwoods, and catchy as all hell in Parents. The act defies definition, with the distinctive vocals in Parents highlighted by a guitar and drum duality that makes the track pop.
Approaching bluegrass music with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, the Los Angeles, California duo of Charles Etienne and Chris Bell bring the folk rock as The Alpine Camp. In the same way G. Love & Special Sauce slice and dice genres, The Alpine Camp come correct with booze, in-jokes and solid musical licks on their debut EP, Sixpack.
They’re not trying to pull one over on you rock fans, they’re being honest about it on their social pages. And besides – when you have a listen for yourself, you’ll realize that this is a combination that The Alpine Camp is pulling off exceptionally well. Don’t be afraid, rock fans – embrace your inner twang!
The opener “Parents” is a mellow but super intriguing track that sucks this listener into the story line by line. The somewhat dry vocal tone mixed along with the usually bluegrass sounding instruments sets the tone for something different.
The Alpine Camp is a californian roots-inflected americana rock band…stompin’ beats, plucking banjos and wailing pedal steel provide a backdrop for catchy, straightforward songwriting with populist appeal. definitely one of those contributions that falls into the beer-drinkin’, field dancin’ category
I really wish I had more music to hear with this set. The whole roots music thing of Mumford and Sons and the like is here, but there is a lot more going on, too. The Grateful Dead, bluesy rock, country, folk and more all are heard here. This is great stuff, really.
The band knows the statement it wants to make and it is on atypical of others in their field. I loved that they were able to successfully add influences from other music genres that other bands wouldn’t have been so eager to try. These are the kinds of things that reinvigorate old fans and invite new ones.
The Alpine Camp are a folk band, but with “Regrets” it’s like a folk song on speed. It has the elements of a folk song, but the band has fun with the single by speeding it up, which makes “Regrets” become infectious.
Tossing their hat into the musical mash up ring and adding to the eclecticism are Los Angeles troubadours Alpine Camp and on their latest EP, Adventure, they showcase the roots of their approach, bridging rock vibes with a country folk medium for a sound that is wholly theirs.