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Altameda Release Debut Album Dirty Rain‏

Edmonton alt-country band Altameda release their long-awaited debut album, Dirty Rain on July 7, alongside details of their cross-Canada tour where they’ll be playing shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and other cities throughout July and August, with European tour dates coming in 2017.

The songs were recorded in Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton by producer, Jeff Kynoch last winter and have already attracted the attention of fans such as JUNO award winning producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Said The Whale, Fast Romantics) who remixed one of the album tracks, “Borrowed Suit, Secondhand Dress” for a recent video you can view here. The version is exclusively available to purchase via the band’s BandCamp page.

Songs such as ‘Queen of the Street’, ‘Dirty Rain’ and ‘Burning Down’ speak to bar-room revellers and country travellers, lovelorn troubadours and working men. They are instant classics that bring to mind early Bruce Springsteen or Ryan Adams, a true testament to the songwriting prowess of Troy Snaterse.

The album really started as a showcase for Troy that grew organically into something bigger: “The album began as a side project of songs that Troy had been writing for years when he wasn’t playing punk music in his band Stepmothers. When he contacted myself and the others to back him up in studio, we quickly realized we all had a passion for the same style of music during the rehearsals.

“It only took a couple of jams before we decided to pursue this as its own act, rather than Troy’s solo act. We’ve become a band of brothers with similar musical aspirations,” said keyboard and piano player, Matthew Kraus.

“Troy has been perfecting his songwriting since an early age and is really gifted when it comes to writing poetry that is firmly supported by the music underneath. We’re very fortunate to have found each other, the chemistry was instantaneous and there is a definite brotherhood to this band. We each want to make the other guy sound amazing and are confident in each other. Collectively, we’re able to create songs that we can listen back to and enjoy — hopefully others will too.”

Their songs inhabit the dive bars, truck-stops, forests, farms and highways that punctuate the vast Canadian landscape that they call home. Troy’s lyrics highlight the intimate stories of the people who live there and shed a gentle glow on the personal experiences that bind a place and its inhabitants together. They are a band that are simultaneously ready for the road and the record player – warm, down-to-earth and genuine.


07/09 Edmonton, AB – The Buckingham

07/21 Vancouver, BC – The Red Gate

07/23 Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl

07/29 Edmonton, AB – The Taste of Edmonton

08/03 Calgary, AB – The Ship And Anchor

08/06 Saskatoon, SK – Vangellis

08/09 Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge

08/12 Toronto, ON – Dakota Tavern

08/18 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ

08/19 Montreal, QC – Barfly

08/23 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

08/25 Winnipeg, MB – Handsome Daughter

08/26 Regina, SK – O’Hanlons

Listen to Dirty Rain here:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/altameda/sets/dirty-rain/s-JiAOc

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3Wi0bmMRaZZX6YKWEnVtbi

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/borrowed-suit-secondhand-dress/id1121745483 
GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Altameda?id=A4ktsrpph4ohgj2tzl6kzc577am&hl=en 

Bandcamp: https://altameda.bandcamp.com/releases

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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