Spree Music with E. Lovria: The Albrights
I have to come a bit clean here. I harbor a lot of skepticism whenever a band hands over their newly-released CD. Back in the day, I dated enough “self-proclaimed” musicians who were quick to mention that one day, their band will be as good as Radiohead, Oasis, or the Beatles. So when the Albrights handed me their first full length effort, Ask, Tell, I made a mental note to be open-minded about the album I held in my hands. Maybe I’ve gotten a bit soft in my old age, but I upon listening I found myself genuinely impressed with this band’s organic yet diverse CD. Sometimes topical, sometimes heartbreaking, and often just good, old-fashioned toe-tapping, jazzy fun, the Albrights produce a wide assortment of musical sounds, appealing to a wide array of musical palates. I recommend you take in a show this summer as the band tours the area in support of their latest release, including a gig opening for Psychedelic Furs on Saturday, July 16th as part of the Hard Rock Café’s Outdoor Concert Series.
Based out of Buffalo, the Albrights began as a cover band (Helicopter Pilot) and after a few chance meetings and line-up changes, the band officially came to be in the summer of 2009. Drummer Aaron Odden summed up the band as “a group of opposites using this musical thread [to] keep the group together. It’s fun to experiment using different influences to create our songs.” The band works democratically which helps give each member the room to explore where they want to be musically while putting aside needless “BS” for the good of the band’s sound. The CD works as a homage to their musical influences (Muse, Steve Winwood, Classical Music, Bluegrass/Americana to name a few) and creates a musical collage impressing the toughest of critics. The album starts off with the bluesy “Hard Times” while slowly morphing into a more straight-forward hard-rock sound with “Good Woman.” The album later slowly detours into a jazzier, light flamenco feel with “I Don’t Want to Disappear” and closes out with the track “Drown” which incorporates the orchestra/arena rock appeal reminiscent of Muse. Inbetween these tracks, the album journeys into areas of pop and classic rock rounding off their effort.
Prepare yourself for the unexpected at an Albrights show, as the boys have learned to not strictly adhere to a set list. They prefer allowing each crowd's vibe to determine which songs they will play, allowing them the ability to play to older crowds and younger crowds alike. They are the antithesis to bands that just walk out on stage without concern for what their audience wants to hear. Bassist Matthew Crane assures that the Albrights are“entertainers at heart,” eager to delight all in attendance. To learn more information about the band and upcoming shows, refer to their myspace page, www.thealbrightsband.com.
Elizabeth Lovria is a graduate of Lake Shore Central Schools and Syracuse University. She resides in Hamburg with her husband and their daughter.